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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Big Cities Still Experiencing a Shoplifting Crisis
While the numbers may be down nationally, many cities are still suffering

Shoplifting Anxiety Is Based in Reality in Some Big Cities

Retail theft has risen sharply in several metropolises, including New York and Los Angeles, even if an increase hasn't shown up in the national statistics.

Shoplifting has become a contentious topic in the US lately.
Retailers have repeatedly cited shoplifting as a reason for closing stores, and the National Retail Federation threw fuel on the fire last year with the eye-catching claim - since retracted - that 50% of the inventory losses referred to as "shrink" were due to organized retail crime. (It's probably around 5%.)

In reaction, there's been a profusion of media explainers with headlines such as "The Murky Shoplifting Narrative," "What America's shoplifting panic is really about," "Behind the Shoplifting Panic," "The shoplifting scare might not have been real - but its effects are" and "How the retail lobby sold a $45-billion whopper about organized shoplifting," as well as assertions by
prominent left-of-center social media voices that the shoplifting scare was "all propaganda" that "they've now admitted was fake."

But there's nothing fake about the
shoplifting surge in New York City. The shoplifting rate there rose 75% from 2019 to 2022 before falling in 2023 to a level that's still 61% higher than before the pandemic.

Other big cities report similarly big increases. The shoplifting rate is up 108% from 2019 to 2023 in Philadelphia, 79% in Los Angeles, 46% in Portland, Oregon, 13% in Houston. In San Francisco it has settled back from a more than 50% increase as of mid-2022 to slightly above where it was in 2019, but is still 50% higher than in the early 2010s.

National statistics paint a much different picture.
The 2022 US shoplifting rate as estimated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation was 12% lower than in 2019 and close to its post-1985 low. While FBI crime statistics remain somewhat unreliable during a changeover to a new reporting system, a Council on Criminal Justice examination of monthly shoplifting data from 24 cities through mid-2023.

What's going on here? The simplest answer is that shoplifting has risen in some places in the US but not in most. It's not spinning out of control, and may even be on the decline nationally.
That doesn't mean it isn't a real problem in cities where shoplifting rates have risen sharply, and probably in some where according to the official statistics they have not.  bloomberg.com

Defending Parking Lots: The Key to Fighting Retail Threats
2024 outlook: Strengthening retail security to combat new threats
Retail security leaders face an evolving landscape of threats as bad actors appear to be more brazen, even
when met with increased security presence and enhanced video quality.

Companies are experiencing different types of attacks with new patterns. Organized retail crime
(ORC) perpetrators are well-organized and timed, and they execute attacks with intention. Mobs rush in and can overwhelm store staff and security. Smash and grabs and catalytic converter thefts continue to be big concerns for patrons and put their safety at risk.

It is challenging for security leaders to balance their priorities and investments across each zone of retail influence - such as zone 4,
the increasingly important parking lot - to successfully deter, detect and delay potential incidents.

Given recent technology advancements and deepening knowledge of how to address security concerns,
retail security leaders must adapt their playbooks to stay ahead in 2024.

3 trends shaping retail security strategies

As retailers assess ways to strengthen their security strategies with these facts in mind, the following
three industry trends can guide them to mitigate their risks:

Loitering analytics will get more dependable and predictable. By coupling video surveillance solutions with generative artificial intelligence (AI), patterns around loitering and loitering analytics can enable contextual analysis. The idea is to tell what is happening presently and give context based on the past and possibly give statistical insights to direct the future.

Composable security solutions will deliver tangible benefits. Each technology or tool needs to communicate and direct actions to other systems. For example, a cart wheel locking system should communicate with a mobile surveillance unit (MSU) in the parking lot, and that MSU should communicate with a gate and lighting system.

Security will need to balance with convenience. When bad actors take advantage of convenient plays, security will encroach on convenience out of necessity.    securitymagazine.com

California's Tough-on-Theft Approach
Too little, too late -- or starting to make progress?

California launches plans to combat retail theft after years of ignoring problem
California has been
hammered over the past few years as the spike in retail theft that started in San Francisco and Los Angeles has spread across the state, prompting the creation of task forces, legislative hearings, and promises of a crackdown by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA).

California prosecutors and business leaders have
blamed some of the state's "toothless" laws for the jump in offenses, saying the problem has only gotten worse because offenders know they'll be back on the street in hours, if not minutes.

Residents have said
they want to see changes made to Proposition 47, a decade-old ballot measure that classifies nonviolent property crimes that do not exceed $950 in value as misdemeanors.

The criminal penalty for nonviolent retail theft is typically up to six months of jail time, but
critics claim that only a few offenders ever serve their full sentences, and many do not even show up to court. Proposition 47 also fails to target repeat offenders, critics have complained.

For a while, lawmakers ignored the problem. Now, under a national microscope and with big businesses relocating,
they are desperate for a fix.

Newsom, a Democrat, announced a package of bills that addressed retail theft this month. While Newsom's proposals would not amend Proposition 47, they would propose
new penalties for people who steal items and then try to resell them. He has proposed changes to existing laws allowing police officers to arrest suspects of retail crime even if they did not witness the crime in progress.

Last year, Newsom announced the largest-ever investment to combat organized retail crime in the state's history,
a 310% increase in operations targeting organized retail crime and improving public safety.

New numbers from the CHP's Organized Retail Crime Task Force released Tuesday suggest that
things are heading in a positive direction. The CHP has recovered 320,000 pieces of merchandise from nearly 550 investigations. The agency also made 1,301 arrests and returned over $10 million in stolen goods.  gazette.com

   RELATED: California cracking down on retail theft with proposed tougher penalties

'Californians for Safe Stores and Neighborhoods Coalition'
Lawmakers & trade associations continue to hold hearings on surging retail crime

Little Hoover Commission Holds Third Hearing on Retail Theft
The Little Hoover Commission held their
third out of a series of four hearings on Retail Theft yesterday, this one focused on reporting and tracking crime statistics related to Retail Theft. Researchers discussed "whether there are improvements that could be made to better inform evidence-based decision making". Testimony was given by representatives from UC Irvine, Public Policy Institute of California, Californians for Safety and Justice and the Committee on Revision of the Penal Code.

View the hearing recording HERE. The Commission will be sending a fact sheet out ahead of their full report in order to get information out quickly given this year's policy proposals in the State Legislature. There will be
one more Commission hearing on February 8 and we received word that the next Assembly Select Committee on Retail Theft hearing will be the following day, February 9, in the morning, and will be a JOINT hearing with the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

Californians for Safe Stores and Neighborhoods

Cal Retailers will continue engaging with our state's policymakers around Retail Theft and Organized Retail Crime through the Californians for Safe Stores and Neighborhoods Coalition, which was formed for business leaders and retailers representing numerous industries to collaborate on policy recommendations to combat Retail Theft.
The coalition, recognizing that the safety of employees, customers and neighborhoods are at stake, will work with state leadership to implement effective strategies to combat retail crime that put businesses, employees and consumers at risk. The coalition's message is simple - focus on a comprehensive solution that Cal Retailers calls the 4D solution. Read more about the 4S's here.

Click here to learn more & join the Californians for Safe Stores and Neighborhoods Coalition today

Not Everybody Wants To Undo Prop 47
Opinion: Prop 47 can be reformed to address organized retail theft without making sweeping changes
Mayor Gloria's recent endorsement of amending Proposition 47 during his State of the City address
threatens to undo the substantial progress this measure has produced.

Passed in 2014, Proposition 47 reclassified several low-level felonies as misdemeanors and invested savings from reduced incarceration into crime prevention programs.
Since then, property crime remains below 2014 levels and decreased every year from 2014 to 2020, according to California Department of Justice data. And by safely downsizing the prison population, the state has saved over $750 million, much of which has funded highly effective rehabilitation programs.

Yes, we need to update Proposition 47 to better deal with issues like organized store theft. However, more extreme changes such as
slashing the felony theft threshold would undermine Proposition 47's effective model. California can update the law for modern times while preserving its legacy of evidence-based, fiscally responsible policy. sandiegouniontribune.com

Shop Thefts in England & Wales Up 32%
UK: Independent retailers express alarm at runaway shoplifting incidents

The Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed) has expressed alarm at new data which show that shoplifting is at its highest level in 20 years.

According to the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics,
shop thefts in England and Wales were up by 32 per cent, with 402,482 offences announced in the year to September 2023. This compared with 304,459 in September 2022.

Commenting on the increase, the Fed's National President Muntazir Dipoti said: "... I am sure that every member has been affected by shop theft at some point and, sadly,
many incidents of shoplifting are becoming increasingly violent."

It was also possible that the levels were even higher, as many independent
retailers were reluctant to report crimes because of poor police responses and paltry punishments if offenders did come to court.

Last year, the Fed launched its
Safe, Secure, Supported campaign calling for government grants of £1,500 to help independent retailers beef up their security systems.  theretailbulletin.com

Crackdown on organized retail thefts in Liberty, MO continues

Retail Theft & Auto Theft Task Forces Become Permanent in Hillsborough County, FL



Four Major Hits and One Miss from NRF 2024

By Tony D'Onofrio - President, Sensormatic

Once again, the ritual that is the January National Retail Federation Big Show is upon us.
Over 40,000 people, 6200+ brands, 1000+ exhibitors, from 100+ countries participated in the NRF 2024 edition. My retail innovation leadership activities stretched out over five days logging over 75,000 steps or to be more exact 32.62 walking miles.

Personally, NRF 2024 was even more special as I returned as President of Sensormatic, the leading retail portfolio business of Johnson Controls. My agenda was super packed with retailers, press, and analyst's meetings. Being a true retail technology industry 'geek', I did squeeze in my traditional trend spotting walk.

This article summarizes some of my favorite events and themes of NRF 2024. It highlights both the 'hits' that made NRF 2024 memorable and the one 'miss' that could have improved it.

The Hits:

Best Way to Start Each NRF: Retail ROI Super Saturday
Big Show Lesson: Please Stop Saying You Have AI
IT'S BACK: An RFID Twist Even in the Autonomous Store
The Perfect NRF Book End: The LPRC Kickoff

The Miss:

It's A Big Miss: Retail Media Networks Growth

Click here to read Tony's full article

Click here to watch the NRF 2024: Retail Big Show recap

James Stark, Segment Development Manager, Retail for Axis Communications, shared these photos
of industry leaders at NRF Big Show 2024. See the full post on LinkedIn here.

52 Retail CEOs Exited in 2023
CEO turnover in retail doubles in 2023

More retail chief executives headed toward the exit door in 2023 than the previous year.

U.S. companies announced
55% more CEO changes in 2023 than in 2022, according to a report by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. In 2023, 1,914 left their positions, which is the highest amount since the firm started tracking the data in 2002.

The turnover among
CEOs in the retail industry more than doubled in 2023 compared to 2022, and was the highest since 2019. Fifty-two retail chief executives exited in 2023 compared to 21 last year, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

The rate of new CEOs (across all industries) who are
women held at 28% to finish out 2023, higher than the 26% of new CEOs who were women in 2022. Meanwhile, the percentage of women CEOs leaving the top spot rose to 24% in 2023, up from 19.5% during the corresponding period in 2022. 2023 witnessed more new CEOs who are women than any previous year. chainstoreage.com

Remote Workers on the Chopping Block
When Layoffs Happen, Remote Workers Are Hardest Hit

New data shows fully remote employees are more likely to be let go than their peers. They're also more likely to quit.

Workers logging on from home five days a week were 35% more likely to be laid off in 2023 than their peers who put in office time, according to an analysis of two million white-collar workers conducted by employment data provider Live Data Technologies. The analysis showed 10% of fully remote workers were laid off last year, compared with 7% of those working in an office full time or on a hybrid basis.

"When a hiring manager gets news they have to cut 10% of the staff,
it's easier to put someone on the list you don't have a close personal relationship with," says Andy Challenger, senior vice president at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm. Much of the disparity, he says, is that it's simply harder to build attachments to people you don't see face to face.

Some companies have been more intentional about putting remote workers on the chopping block. Wayfair, the online home-goods retailer, recently told employees that
remote workers would be more likely to be affected in company layoffs. Executives also told staff they believe most workers should be in an office most days. wsj.com

U.S. Employers Ditch Remote Work - So Employees Are Going International
U.S. workers are getting scooped up by international companies hiring remote roles
It's getting harder to find a remote job in the U.S., but
you might have better luck working from home for a company based abroad. The number of American workers hired by international companies grew 62% last year, according to the State of Global Hiring Report from Deel, an HR platform that specializes in global hiring.

The report is based on 300,000 contracts between Deel customers and workers for both contractors and full-time employees, and roughly
85% of those contracts are for remote positions. American workers are most likely to be hired by companies in the U.K., Canada, France, Singapore and Australia.

spike in U.S. workers vying for remote jobs headquartered overseas "feels correlated with the elimination of remote roles" stateside, says Deel CEO Alex Bouaziz. He knows from experience people are quitting jobs with return-to-office requirements to be remote: "A couple of our competitors did that, and we hired their best people. So I welcome them to keep doing it." cnbc.com

Boosting Gun Store Safety
Bill passed out of Washington House committee targets gun store safety
A new bill proposed in Olympia
could force gun store owners in Washington State out of business. The bill would require all guns to be locked in a fireproof safe or vault outside of operating hours. In addition, dealers would be required to monitor the inside and outside of the premise 24 hours a day through digital video surveillance. Those recordings will have to be kept for at least six years. The bill has passed out of committee, but has not passed the full house. khq.com

Levi's to lay off as much as 15% of its workforce

Fruit of the Loom lays off more than 100 workers at distribution center

Last week's #1 article --

New Bill Requiring SF Grocery Stores to Give 6 Months Notice Before Closing
Will San Francisco grocery stores need to notify city before closing? Safeway saga drives plan for input
San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston is
proposing that grocers be required to notify and involve the community when they plan to close stores in the city. The proposed legislation comes in the wake of a battle with Safeway over the fate of its Fillmore district location.

law would require six months' notice prior to the closure of a neighborhood-serving grocery store, as well as requirements that the store meet with community members prior to closure and explore a replacement supermarket.

Preston's proposal
would resurrect the Supermarket Closure Ordinance, which was approved by the Board of Supervisors in 1984 but vetoed by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. He will introduce the law as the Neighborhood Grocery Protection Act.

"It was a good idea then, and it's an even better idea now," Preston said. "We need notice, we need transparency, community input, and
a transition plan when major neighborhood grocery stores plan to shut their doors. sfchronicle.com

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Introducing the future of Retail Crime Intelligence

Auror recently introduced an expanded product range for the Retail Crime Intelligence movement to help retailers and law enforcement reduce crime, loss, and violence.

Retail Crime Intelligence is a software platform that connects people and organizations with timely intel to proactively reduce the impacts of crime in retail stores. It's used by loss prevention, asset protection, and law enforcement departments - alongside store and security teams - to identify and prevent the people driving theft-related loss and violence in stores.

"Our retail and law enforcement partners have made it clear that keeping people safe has never been more challenging." said Auror CEO, Phil Thomson. "Retail Crime Intelligence has been grounded in connection from the beginning. This new generation takes that to another level, empowering an outcome-based approach to stopping crime and keeping people safe. At Auror, we believe Retail Crime Intelligence is the key framework for which retailers confidently design their crime prevention and safety strategies."

Thousands of retail and law enforcement users already trust Auror's Retail Crime Intelligence platform to safely prevent crime among the world's leading retail communities. With this announcement, Auror is revealing the next generation in crime prevention to help its customers and partners connect their prevention strategies with a true system of intelligence.

Auror's product modules now include: Intel, Connect the Dots, License Plate Recognition, Investigate, and Insights.

Read the full announcement and product descriptions at auror.co.








Payment Fraud Attempts Surge - AI is Making it Worse
AI, fake CFOs drive soaring corporate payment-fraud attacks

Generative AI tools like ChatGPT are making it easier for scammers to create bogus texts and emails as well as deep-fake voices at scale.

vast majority of U.S. companies, 96%, were targeted with at least one payment fraud attempt in the past 12 months, according to automated fraud prevention services provider Trustpair, which surveyed more than 260 senior finance and treasury leaders. The fraud attempts mark a 71% increase from the prior year as criminals stepped up their tactics.

AdvertisementTo dupe organizations, half of respondents said fraudsters primarily used text messages or fake websites, according to a report on the findings, released Tuesday. CEO and CFO impersonations were seen in 44% of attempts, while hacking and business email compromise were each seen in 31% of attempts.

"Our research shows
fraudsters are becoming increasingly more sophisticated in their tactics and their reach is expanding," Trustpair CEO Baptiste Collot said in a press release.

Total potential losses from cyberattacks and cyber fraud rose 48% in 2022 to $10.2 billion from $6.9 billion in 2021, according to the FBI. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received 21,832 complaints involving fraud attempts via "business email compromise" scams in particular, with adjusted losses totaling over $2.7 billion.

Such attacks have
accelerated as generative AI tools like ChatGPT have made it much easier for scammers to create "close-to-perfect" texts, emails, phishing websites, and deep-fake voices at scale, according to Trustpair, which is based in Paris with a U.S. headquarters in New York. cybersecuritydive.com

Ex-Fraudsters Becoming Legit Cybersecurity Workers?
Help Wanted From Convicted Cybercriminals

Rather than languishing in jail for their crimes, could former fraudsters turn to legitimate cybersecurity work?

The conversation on whether to hire those who have done bad things in their past or not is not new. A similar debate five years ago had differing opinions, but one argument was that
hackers with experience of conducting cyberattacks should be the best people to plan and test cyber defenses because they had the actual experience in breaking them.

How likely is it that someone with a criminal past would be hired as a legitimate IT security professional? UK-based recruitment specialist Owanate Bestman says when it comes to the recruitment process, there is a
certain sympathy from some hiring managers to give those who have done wrong a second chance. But sometimes a company policy may prevent such goodwill.

There is also the consideration of
how much a business would need to supervise the reformed cybercriminal's work. Confidence Staveley is the founder and executive director of CyberSafe Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving inclusive and safe digital access in Africa. She says the call to retrain cybercriminals and fraudsters "is a fantastic thing to do." But, she says, such a move would require a multi-layered monitoring process, and would depend on whether the former convicts would want to work full-time. darkreading.com

Major Tech Companies Ordered to Shed Light on AI Activities
FTC generative AI investigation includes Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is ordering five major tech companies to
provide information about their generative AI activities.

The agency's 6(b) inquiry
will scrutinize corporate partnerships and investments with AI providers in what it says is an effort to better understand these relationships and their impact on the competitive landscape. The compulsory orders were sent to Alphabet Inc. (parent of Google), Amazon Inc., Anthropic PBC, Microsoft Corp. and OpenAI Inc.

In particular, the
FTC is investigating activity among these companies related to generative AI, which is based on machine learning (ML) and can create new content and ideas, including conversations, stories, images, videos, and music.

all five companies affected by the FTC order previously agreed to follow a set of voluntary commitments to ethically and safely develop AI released by President Biden in July 2023, which was followed by an executive order on AI safety in October.  chainstoreage.com

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Boosting Security & Convenience for Online Shoppers
Passkeys: A Trifecta of Benefits for Easier and Safer Online Shopping
Proper security is imperative to any business' bottom line and the integrity of their brand, but how can that be achieved without increasing the burden on the end consumer? Enter passkeys.

The Trifecta for Retailers: Security, Revenue and User Experience

Passkeys are the perfect triple play for retailers: they offer
enhanced security, improved user experience, and they help maximize revenue.

Enhanced Account Security

Passkeys also relieve retailers from the responsibility of storing sensitive passwords. A favorite tactic among hackers is to target retailers with credential-based attacks.
Passkeys make these attacks moot and give CISOs one less thing to worry about.

Improved User Experience

Passkeys streamline the login process and have been found to be 2X faster to use than passwords. Passkeys are a highly secure form of passwordless authentication that are typically unlocked using methods consumers already use to unlock their devices, like Face ID, Android fingerprint or Windows Hello. By utilizing an authentication experience that consumers already are familiar with, passkeys counteract what would typically be a clunky checkout process.

Maximized Revenue and Reduced Expenses

Passkeys can significantly reduce security operation and implementation, particularly for companies that utilize SMS texts for secure two-factor authentication (2FA). The estimated cost to implement, operate and maintain these systems are roughly six cents per text in the U.S. (and significantly more in many other countries), and
passkey systems eliminate these expenses from the authentication process and improve the bottom line.

Tech and Retail Leading the Way in Passkey Adoption - The Future of Passkeys: retailtouchpoints.com

Cracking Down on Payment Apps
Manhattan DA seeks tighter payment app security

"No longer is the smartphone itself the most lucrative target for scammers and robbers - it's the financial apps contained within," District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr. said.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg this week sent open letters to the owners of peer-to-peer payment apps
Cash App, Venmo and Zelle. In the letters, the DA asked the companies to provide better consumer protections against scammers, according to a Tuesday press release.

Fraudsters are finding new ways to steal money via P2P apps, Bragg said in the letters. One scam involves
getting access to an unlocked smartphone, then using a P2P app to transfer large amounts of money from a victim's account.

"No longer is the smartphone itself the
most lucrative target for scammers and robbers - it's the financial apps contained within," Bragg said in the release. paymentsdive.com

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Los Angeles County, CA: Retail theft crew busted with over $300,000 worth of stolen goods in Southern California
Four members of a retail theft crew were arrested for allegedly stealing over $300,000 worth of items from stores across Southern California. The thefts took place between Dec. 14, 2023 to Jan. 7, 2024, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Retailers that were targeted include Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, and Walmart. Three of the suspects were allegedly responsible for working together to steal the merchandise while a fourth suspect ran a "fence" operation located on 94th Street East in Littlerock. A crime fence is an individual or business that knowingly purchases stolen goods and property and then sells the items for profit. While search warrants were served, detectives discovered around $300,000 worth of stolen merchandise. Photos of the stolen items include a wide variety of hand and power tools, yard care equipment, generators, A/C compressors, clothing, sneakers, tool storage chests and more. Two handguns - a 9mm and .45 caliber - were also found at the scene.  ktla.com

Charlotte, NC: Amazon Employees charged with stealing from Fulfillment Center
44-year-old Flavia Martinez and 31-year-old Evelin Ninos are the Amazon employees that were arrested on January 24, 2024. They worked at the amazon Fulfillment Center on Tuckaseegee Rd. Charlotte, NC. The Amazon asset protection team received intelligence that consumer packages were being stolen on various days in January 2024. An investigation was launched and it was determined that Amazon employees were stealing packages that contained expensive customer electronics.
Among the items stolen were 5 IPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones valued at over $6,000, an Apple Watch, Michael Kors purses and handbags, Apple Airpods, several IPADS worth over $3,800, a Super Mario Brothers video game along with lipstick, powder, and eye shadow. Police were called and resulting in Flavia and Evelin being arrested. The suspects were charged with larceny by employee.   charlottealertsnews.com

San Bernardino, CA: Suspect is arrested for allegedly stealing $10,000 worth of items from multiple stores
A suspect was arrested for allegedly committing retail theft of nearly $10,000 from various stores in San Bernardino, according to the San Bernardino Police Department. The suspect allegedly was responsible for
multiple separate crimes at Helzberg Diamonds, Target, and CosmoProf, the San Bernardino P.D. said in a Facebook post on Jan. 25. Detectives followed up on leads, which led to the identification of the suspect. An arrest warrant was issued, and officers took him into custody during a traffic stop.  fontanaheraldnews.com

Berkeley, CA: Man, 21, arrested after Berkeley Apple Store theft
Thieves snatched iPhones from the
Berkeley Apple Store on Thursday night for at least the third time in recent weeks, according to police and court papers. Berkeley police said Thursday's theft from the Berkeley Apple Store at 1823 Fourth St. took place just before 6 p.m. Limited information was available due to the ongoing investigation, but police said two men in their 20s wearing hoodies took 16 iPhones before leaving, according to preliminary information.  berkeleyscanner.com

Kingston, Ont, Canada: $38,000 hockey gear heist from Canadian Tire could be the most Canadian crime ever
Police in Ontario are currently on the hunt for two suspects who committed what was perhaps the most Canadian crime ever earlier this month, stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of hockey equipment, of all things. The duo took the whopping $38,000 in goods from a Canadian Tire in Kingston around 11:15 pm on January 16, more than two hours after the store had closed for the day. Based on security footage, the individuals entered wearing coats, hoodies, hats and face masks during business hours, with one helping the other strategically hide within a floor display in an aisle before he left. After waiting for hours, the hidden perpetrator emerged and proceeded to round up a bag full of hockey gloves from the sports section, along with nearly 100 hockey sticks that they taped together for easy transport. 

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Lansing, MI: Teens steal from REO Town stores in daylight

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Shootings & Deaths

Mesa, AZ: Pet Store Employee arrested after deadly shooting at Mesa strip mall
An employee of a pet store in Mesa has been arrested after a deadly shooting outside of the store on Saturday night, according to Mesa police. Police say they got a 911 call around 6 p.m. on Saturday about the shooting, which happened outside of Pratt's Pets. The caller told the dispatcher an employee of the pet store, identified as 21-year-old Jakob Urias, was involved. Officers quickly got to the scene, found the victim, a 32-year-old man, and began life-saving measures. The victim was taken to the hospital, where he died. Officers found Urias inside the pet store and took him into custody. Police say their investigation showed that Urias and two female employees were outside of the store working when they saw the unidentified man. They told him to leave because he was trespassing, but he did not. The female employees then went back into the store and called police so officers would remove him from the property. It was during the call that the shooting happened. Urias admitted he shot the man and police found a handgun at the scene. Urias has been charged with second-degree murder. The investigation is still underway.  12news.com

Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Police ID man shot, killed by officers responding to pawn shop robbery
Detectives identified the suspected robber who was shot and killed by Phoenix police on Saturday afternoon and said they arrested his accomplice, according to an updated police report released Sunday. Guy Vogel Jr., 42, was shot and killed after police responded to an armed robbery at a pawn shop near 19th Avenue and Indian School Road at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday. Police received a call that a man and a woman reportedly stole numerous handguns from a pawn shop before exiting and heading west on Indian School Road, according to Sgt. Brian Bower, a spokesperson for Phoenix Police Department. Officers told the man to put his gun down and put his hands in the air, but he was uncooperative, Bower said. Officers then shot a foam projectile at him, but Vogel ran from them, according to Bower. As officers pursued the man, he headed toward a truck and attempted to enter the vehicle, which contained one driver. Bower said the man pointed his handgun at officers as they "re-contacted" him, which is when officers shot him by the driver's door. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Bower said. Police took the woman, whom they believed was responsible for the robbery, into custody. We want to confront these dangerous individuals, and we want to try to change their pattern of behavior by using these less lethal (tools)," Bower said Saturday.  azcentral.com

Duluth, GA: 17-year-old dies after being shot in Gwinnett County shopping center parking lot
Gwinnett County officers are investigating after a 17-year-old was shot and killed early Saturday morning. According to the department, on Saturday at 2:15 a.m. officers were called to a Northside Hospital Duluth regarding a person shot. The police later learned that the shooting happened in the parking lot of 4500 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. The address appears to be a shopping center with popular restaurants and lounges. Later on Saturday, Gwinnett authorities learned the victim had died. The victim was identified as Elbert "Josh" Brown, 17, of Snellville. He was brought to the hospital by friends. Officials said the circumstances of the shooting are still under investigation and no suspect is in custody. The investigation is ongoing.  wsbtv.com

Houston, TX: Should the man who shot, killed NW Houston gas station robbery suspect face charges?
One dead in shooting at Zip In Zip Out gas station on Ella Boulevard. According to police, a male suspect approached a man and his girlfriend at the pumps at the "Zip In Zip Out" Chevron Gas Station located at 11095 Ella Blvd. Police say the suspect pistol-whipped the man at the gas station and demanded his wallet. After investigating, police found out that a bystander, unrelated to the victim or the suspect, witnessed the robbery and shot the suspect. The shooter then instructed the robbery victim to retrieve what the suspect had taken before leaving the scene. The robbery suspect later died after being taken to the hospital in critical condition. Authorities are attempting to locate the individual who shot the robbery suspect.  fox26houston.com

Garner, NC: Update: North Carolina man shot, killed at Walmart while defending mother, family claims
The family of a North Carolina man shot and killed at Walmart said the victim was trying to defend his mother. Garner police said 29-year-old Colton Valdez lost his life Tuesday at the Walmart located at 4500 Fayetteville Road. They said the suspected gunman did remain on the scene until police arrived. Authorities said Valdez approached the suspect and pulled out a BB gun, which resembled a handgun. The suspect, in turn, drew his handgun and shot Valdez. A decision has not been made about whether charges will be filed against the suspected gunman. According to WTVD, the victim's family said Valdez got into an argument with the suspect. They said the suspect was "cursing and yelling at Valdez's mom as she tried to back out of a parking spot; that's when Valdez confronted him." "Garner cops say the reason they're gonna be able to say self-defense is faulty camerawork, the cameras at the front door here they say were so foggy they couldn't make anything out - but they had clips of different parts of the parking lot to where things could be seen," said Colton's mother Kathy Valdez told the outlet.  fox5dc.com

Spartanburg, SC: Man left in critical condition following shooting at QT gas station

Waldorf, MD: Woman shot during attempted Armed Robbery in parking lot of St. Charles Towne Center Mall

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Los Angeles, CA: Gun, stolen goods recovered after pursuit suspects fall from bridge
Armed robbery suspects attempting to flee from police fell from a bridge before being taken into custody, according to law enforcement officials. Officers attempted to make a traffic stop on the 101 Freeway at Cahuenga Boulevard around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson confirmed to KTLA. "As the officers attempted to make the traffic stop, a short pursuit ensued," the LAPD spokesperson said. "The suspects then foot bailed." Shortly after fleeing the vehicle, three of the suspects fell from a bridge. Officers were not present when they fell, authorities said. "Two suspects sustained minor injuries and one had a leg fracture," the LAPD spokesperson added. Further investigation revealed that the car being driven by the suspects was stolen. A firearm and stolen merchandise were also recovered at the scene. Two of the suspects were released and one was taken into custody for felony evading, authorities said.  news.yahoo.com

Los Angeles County, CA: Man arrested after LASD recovers more than a million dollars worth of stolen precious metals
A man was arrested in Acton after authorities say he received more than a million dollars worth of precious metals that went missing from the Chicago area. Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Retail Theft and Cargo Theft Task Force say the goods were stolen from Illinois and ended up in various locations throughout L.A. County. When deputies went to arrest the suspect, Khatchik Aleksanian, they found more than 130,000 pounds of copper or brass, which they say is valued at more than $1.2 million. The LASD also seized 50 brand-new big rig tires, worth over $50,000, and a cache of 10 firearms, including handguns, rifles, and assault weapons.  ktla.com

Chicago, IL: Chicago police investigate series of smash-and-grab truck thefts on South Side
Chicago police are investigating a series of thefts from parked trucks on the city's South Side in recent weeks. According to authorities, the thefts have occurred in three different Chicago neighborhoods over the last six weeks, including three within the last 12 days. Most of the thefts have occurred in Brighton Park, while several were reported in Bridgeport and Back of the Yards, according to police. In each of the thefts, police say that a suspect has approached parked trucks and smashed through their windows, stealing contents from within.  nbcchicago.com

Washington DC: Over 60 cars broken into overnight in  DC in less than 72 hours

Mulberry, FL: Lululemon Employee Charged with $18,000 Grand Theft & Scheme to Defraud



Books - Lansing, MI - Robbery
Clothing - Whittier, CA - Burglary
Clothing - Saratoga Springs, NY - Burglary
Dollar - Tuscaloosa County, AL - Robbery
Dollar - Tuscaloosa County, AL - Robbery 2 of 2
GameStop - Emeryville, CA - Burglary
Gas Station - Baltimore, MD - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Atlanta, GA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Spart, NJ - Robbery
Hardware - Odess, TX - Robbery
Hotel - Asheville, NC - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Ocala, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Charleston, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Dallas, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Farmington, CT - Robbery
Liquor - Norwalk, CA - Armed Robbery / Supt wounded
Liquor - Oklahoma City, OK - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Liquor - Livingston, NJ - Robbery
Macy's - Manhasset, NY - Robbery / LP injured
Pawn - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery / Susp killed
Pharmacy - Livingston, NJ - Armed Robbery
Target - South Setauket, NY - Robbery
Thrift - Kansas City, MO - Robbery
Tobacco - Albemarle County, VA - Armed Robbery
Vape - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Vape - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Miami, FL - Robbery                                      


Daily Totals:
• 23 robberies
• 5 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed

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