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Michael Magrum, CFI, LPC promoted to Senior Director of Asset Protection for Harris Teeter

Mike joined Harris Teeter in 2006 as a Loss Prevention Specialist, served as Regional Asset Protection Manager and most recently was the Director of Asset Protection. Mike has been in the Asset Protection / Loss Prevention field for 25 years and worked for Super Kmart and LP Innovations before joining Harris Teeter. Congratulations, Michael!

Justin Maiorana, CFI, LPC promoted to Senior Manager of Asset Protection for Harris Teeter
Justin joined Harris Teeter in 2012 as a Loss Prevention Specialist before assuming his current role. Justin has been in the Asset Protection / Loss Prevention field for 22 years and worked for Tops Supermarket, Kohl's and TJ Maxx before joining Harris Teeter. Congratulations, Justin!

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Agilence Awarded Fourth Consecutive Customer Service
Department of the Year Stevie Award

Agilence, Inc., the leading SaaS provider of data management and analytics focused on grocery, retail, and fast casual restaurants, today announced that they have won a Silver Stevie® Award for Customer Service Department of the Year. This is the fourth consecutive year that Agilence has been recognized for their outstanding customer service with a Stevie® Award.

"In such a turbulent year when so many of our customers have struggled, it was our priority to do any and everything we could to help them through" said Catherine Penizotto, VP of Customer Success at Agilence. "To have those efforts recognized with such a prestigious award is truly an honor."

Judges commended the Agilence team for their outstanding performance stating, "This nomination shows great focus on customer care with great results." Accomplishments noted in the nomination include a customer satisfaction score of 96.3%, a 78% reduction in case resolution time, a 25% faster response time compared to the previous year, and a training satisfaction score of 96%. Efforts to maximize customer value through additional training, expanded use, and support of digital transformation efforts were also reflected in this recognition. Read More Here

Protests & Violence

America's murder rate increase in 2020 has 'no modern precedent'

Study: Gun violence has spiked during the pandemic, while property crimes have fallen

Murder rates saw a "historic" increase in 2020 compared to 2019, with
more than 1,200 additional killings year-over-year in a sample of 34 American cities, according to a NCCCJ report released Monday called Pandemic, Unrest, Crime, and Violence in U.S. Cities.

"The coronavirus pandemic, continuing incidents of police violence, and rising homicide and violent crime rates each pose massive policy challenges in their own right, but the interplay between them creates even more difficult decisions for policymakers," states a report from the National Commission of COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (NCCCJ). "Despite this difficulty, leaders at all levels of government should take bold action in responding to all three crises."

Homicide rates jumped by 30% from 2019 to 2020, while gun assault and aggravated assault rates climbed 8% and 6%, respectively, experts found.

Meanwhile, drug offenses, larcenies, burglaries and robberies all decreased during the pandemic and during the year as a whole compared to 2019, analysts found. foxnews.com counciloncj.org

Scrutiny grows over National Guard presence at Capitol
As the National Guard's deployment to the Capitol enters its second month with no solid end yet in sight, politicians are beginning to question whether the troops are overstaying their welcome.

Pentagon officials have pointed to unspecified threats in justifying their approval to
keep about 5,000 Guardsmen at the Capitol through at least mid-March.

Local politicians, while agreeing with the need for the current deployment, have expressed concerns about the security on Capitol Hill becoming permanent, cutting off access around the neighborhood residents have traditionally enjoyed. thehill.com

An inside look at the security for the 2021 Presidential Inauguration
Only a few shops were open and no restaurants allowed dining-in. Three major bridges and 13 central subway stations were closed. Heavy trucks and concrete barricades kept vehicles out while solid temporary fences locked out the people. Around the capitol building was a layer of fencing, then tall barriers supported by scaffolding and a line of the empty cargo containers used to truck it all in.

Customs and Border Patrol agents used dogs and mirrors to screen every vehicle entering the interior "Red Zone," where police and soldiers from across the country were supported by helicopters and satellites far above. No anti-aircraft guns were seen and most of the soldiers stayed out of sight, but they were armed and ready and maybe a little bored. Read more here: securitymagazine.com

176 hotels, 247 military flights: How the National Guard transported, fed and housed soldiers who came to D.C. for the inauguration

Sunrise, FL: Two FBI agents fatally shot, three wounded while serving warrant

COVID Update

US: Over 26.9M Cases - 454K Dead - 16.6M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 104M Cases - 2.2M Dead - 75M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 271   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 224
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Biden administration will ship COVID vaccine directly to pharmacies
More than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to about 6,500 pharmacies across the U.S. beginning Feb. 11, the White House said Tuesday.

Why it matters: Local, national and supermarket pharmacies have an existing customer base, user portals and other established resources when it comes to mass flu and shingles immunization protocols. The federal government hopes this will expand access and speed up the vaccination process.

Yes, but: The demand for vaccine in these new channels is expected to far outweigh the supply, COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said in a press briefing Tuesday.

The state of play: The million doses are in addition to the 10.5 million doses that are scheduled to go to states, and other jurisdictions. Eventually the federal government wants to reach 40,000 pharmacies to provide vaccinations. axios.com

Retailers Preparing to Take a Central Vaccine Role
Covid-19 Vaccines to Stress-Test Grocery Stores and Pharmacies

CVS, Walgreens, Kroger and others will require appointments,
hope to avoid logjams as they join national effort

Some of America's biggest retailers are preparing to take a central role in administering Covid-19 shots, hoping to avoid logjams and other complications that have slowed the vaccine rollout's early days.

Not all Americans are eligible for the vaccines, and shots remain in short supply. But vaccines are becoming more broadly available in some states, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aims to make them available in local pharmacies beginning next month. There is no cost to receive the vaccine.

The job of vaccinating large swaths of the population will fall largely on retail pharmacies, with companies such as
CVS Health Corp., Walgreens-Boots Alliance Inc., Walmart Inc. and Kroger Co. saying they are prepared to give tens of millions of shots a month.

Pharmacies are well-positioned to play a major role in Covid-19 vaccination efforts, industry executives say, because they are among the most-accessible health-care providers for many Americans, including people 65 and older who often pick up medication from local supermarkets or drugstores. These businesses say they also can draw from their experience in providing shots for flu, shingles and other illnesses.

CVS and Walgreens combined have 19,000 U.S. stores, while Walmart, Rite Aid Corp., Kroger and Publix Super Markets Inc., together have another 11,000 locations. Add to that dozens of regional grocers with pharmacy counters.

Drugstore chains and retailers with pharmacies say they have the
manpower and physical space to handle mass vaccinations and, in some areas, have already stepped in to help local and state officials. Big chains say they have online scheduling tools capable of handling an influx of appointments.

Among the biggest challenges now for retailers is dealing with customers eager to know when it's their turn. wsj.com

COVID-19 vaccine bodes well for a retail recovery
Top U.S. retailers view the COVID-19 vaccine as a key part of retail recovery in 2021 and a good number of big retailers are optimistic about the industry this year, according to Emarsys research.

Nearly one in five of retailers polled, 19%, said 2021 will be a much better year for business thanks to vaccine rollouts, according to a press release on the data findings.

While a fifth of large U.S. retailers expect significant business challenges even with the vaccine rollout, one in five are less fearful of doing things differently in 2021, and
19% will invest more in fulfillment and supply chains this year.

"2020 was clearly a very challenging year for the retail industry across the world, but as our research shows, there are plenty of reasons to be positive about the outlook for 2021," Alex Timlin, SVP verticals at Emarsys, said in the release.

"One of the reasons why 2021 will be more positive is that
during 2020, retailers have collected far more data on customer behavior and product preference thanks to the rise in e-commerce. 2021, therefore, will be about how retailers use those new insights to inform their marketing strategy, product portfolio and tactical marketing execution. That's important because it will help retailers personalize far more effectively, which is the foundation of a winning customer experience," Timlin said. retailcustomerexperience.com

134 Grocery COVID Deaths, 29K Infections To-Date
Why grocery chains are paying workers to get vaccinated,
but other industries are lagging

A number of leading grocery chains are offering
small cash bonuses and other incentives to encourage employees to get the coronavirus vaccine, in an effort that experts say could help speed protection of some of the country's most vulnerable workers: low-paid, hourly retail workers.

Dollar General, Trader Joe's, Aldi and Lidl, as well as Instacart, have announced plans to promote the vaccine among employees, including flexible work schedules, paid time off to visit a vaccination site and bonuses of up to $200.

The restaurant industry may also be moving toward incentives. On Tuesday,
Darden Restaurants, which employs more than 175,000 workers across Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and many more brands, said it would offer up to four hours of paid time off to get the vaccine.

However, few other companies have followed suit, potentially in part because of legal uncertainties involved with health screening questionnaires leading up to vaccination.

Grocery workers have remained vulnerable on the front lines as hazard pay expires, customers flout safety guidelines and the virus rages on. As of Friday,
at least 134 grocery workers had died of covid-19 since the pandemic started, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. More than 28,700 workers had been exposed to a positive case. washingtonpost.com

Survey: Consumers expect health and safety to remain priority for retailers
Retailers hoping they could ease or eliminate in-store COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the event of widespread vaccinations may need to change plans.

Even if the majority of Americans are vaccinated, 79% of consumers said they expect retailers to continue enforcing health and safety restrictions, according to a survey by shopping rewards app ShopKick. The restrictions include requiring protective face coverings for shoppers and employees (89%), offering disinfectants for shoppers (86%), enforcing social distancing (80%), keeping plexiglass barriers at checkout (74%), and limiting the capacity of shoppers allowed inside (62%).

According to 62% of respondents, enforcing these guidelines would influence where they choose to shop. chainstoreage.com

COVID-19 vaccine: Contracted security guards "slipping through the cracks"
For several weeks, frontline workers across the U.S. have been getting the COVID-19 vaccine. But some workers who are on the frontlines say they don't have access to the vaccine.

"We want to get the vaccine as soon as possible," said Justin Edwards, a privately contracted security guard who has been been working full-time at a COVID-19 testing site since last May. "I am out there dealing with the public, people that have symptoms, and people that have COVID."

INA Security Services in Pennsylvania emailed State Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine in December asking the state to include security guards in Phase 1 of the vaccination plan. The email pointed out that
many security guards work at pharmacies and hospitals and come in contact with people on a daily basis.

The Pa. Department of Health responded weeks later saying
"security guards may be included in 1A, 1B or 1C, depending on where they work. For instance, hospital workers, including security, would be covered in 1A. Security at financial institutions would be covered under 1C."

Where does that leave privately contracted security guards? "We are kind of slipping through the cracks here," Edwards said. abc27.com

UK: Male Security Guards Have One of Highest COVID-19 Death Rates
The Office for National Statistics has published the latest figures regarding COVID-19 death by occupation, again revealing a high death rate in the security sector. The ONS' key conclusion is that men working in "low-skilled" jobs, such as the care sector, service jobs and security are at most risk.

After the elementary occupations group, those working in security occupations have the second highest rate of death involving COVID-19, with 93.4 deaths per 100,000 males (153 deaths). Most of these deaths were among security guards and related occupations (140 deaths; 100.7 deaths per 100,000 males). Men working as security guards had one of the highest rates, with 45.7 deaths per 100,000 (63 deaths).

Why Security Guards?
A report, commissioned by Corps Security from Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International, revealed seven key issues that may contribute to security officers having one of the highest COVID-19 death rates. This includes age, working location, ethnicity, and working in close proximity to others.

The very nature of the role of security officers influences their risk to COVID-19. Being a frontline key worker may mean encountering conflict when trying to enforce COVID-19 guidelines and this may make social distancing more difficult. They also have to touch equipment and technology others have handled on a regular basis and may find it difficult to ensure they carry out frequent hand-washing. twinfm.com

How to Get a Covid-19 Vaccine: a State-by-State Guide
Each state is different, with some allowing residents to pre-register and others coordinating via employer or local health department

N.Y.C.'s Covid Metrics Are Dire. Cuomo Is Reopening Restaurants Anyway.

Long Beach, CA: Kroger shutting two stores over local 'hero pay' ordinance

Moderna wants to increase the number of vaccine doses in each vial by as much as 50%

Russia's Sputnik V vaccine 92% effective in fighting COVID-19

Sir Thomas Moore, WWII veteran who raised millions in COVID-19 funds, dies at 100


Amazon Drivers Stiffed
Amazon To Pay $61.7 Million to Settle FTC Charges It Withheld
Some Customer Tips from Amazon Flex Drivers

Amazon will pay more than $61.7 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it failed to pay Amazon Flex drivers the full amount of tips they received from Amazon customers over a two and a half year period. The FTC's complaint alleges that the company stopped its behavior only after becoming aware of the FTC's investigation in 2019. The $61.7 million represents the full amount that Amazon allegedly withheld from drivers and will be used by the FTC to compensate drivers.

According to the FTC's administrative complaint against Amazon and its subsidiary, Amazon Logistics, the company regularly advertised that drivers participating in the Flex program would be paid $18-25 per hour for their work making deliveries to customers. The ads, along with numerous other documents provided to Flex drivers, also prominently featured statements such as: "You will receive 100% of the tips you earn while delivering with Amazon Flex."

"Rather than passing along 100 percent of customers' tips to drivers, as it had promised to do, Amazon used the money itself," said Daniel Kaufman, Acting Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Amazon Flex is a program in which drivers, classified by Amazon as independent contractors, can agree to make deliveries using their personal vehicles. Flex drivers deliver goods and groceries ordered through the Prime Now and AmazonFresh programs, which allow customers to give the drivers a tip. ftc.gov

Amazon adds palm-reading biometric ID scanner
to more physical retail stores in Seattle

Amazon is expanding its new Amazon One palm-reading biometric identification system to three additional Amazon Go stores in Seattle. There will be eight Amazon physical retail stores in the Seattle area with Amazon One, including Amazon Books and 4-star locations.

The company debuted the technology in September. It works by scanning the palms of participating customers, giving them an alternative to the regular process of checking into the automated retail stores, which normally involves using a QR code in an app.

Amazon envisions broad long-term adoption of the Amazon One technology for everything from in-store payments to accessing office buildings to entering sports stadiums. Amazon's use of biometrics in stores and other commercial settings promises to attract scrutiny at a time of heightened awareness of digital security and privacy, testing the limits of customer trust in the company. geekwire.com

1st U.S. State to Decriminalize All Drugs
Oregon law decriminalizing possession of hard drugs takes effect

Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other drugs as a ballot measure that decriminalized them took effect on Monday.

Instead, those found in possession would face a $100 fine or a health assessment that could lead to addiction counseling. Backers of the ballot measure, which Oregon voters passed by a wide margin in November, hailed it as a revolutionary move for the United States.

Ballot Measure 110's backers said treatment needs to be the priority and that criminalizing drug possession was not working. Besides facing the prospect of being locked up, having a criminal record makes it difficult to find housing and jobs and can haunt a person for a lifetime.

Two dozen district attorneys had opposed the measure, saying it was reckless and would lead to an increase in the acceptability of dangerous drugs. nbcnews.com

Lawsuit Claims Subway's Tuna Sandwich Doesn't Contain Tuna
Sandwich chain Subway is facing a lawsuit alleging that its "tuna" sandwich doesn't actually contain any tuna, according to the Washington Post. Subway, however, denies this and says their sandwich is made with real, wild-caught tuna. The recent lawsuit, filed on January 21 in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses Subway of misleading customers by indicating that certain food items on its menu contain tuna as an ingredient when they allegedly do not. iflscience.com

Britain's JD Sports in $495 million deal to buy Baltimore-based DTLR

Amazon unveils plans for 22-story helix-inspired HQ2 building in Virginia

Deadly storm that dumped feet of snow across the Northeast takes aim at New England

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LP + IT Convergence
The Pandemic & IoT adoption have accelerated the merger

Increase in Physical Security Incidents Adds to IT Security Pressures

An increase in physical security incidents since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic may be adding to IT security teams' workloads at many organizations.

In a recent survey by Pro-Vigil, a provider of remote video-monitoring services, nearly 20% of 124 business operations leaders surveyed said their organizations had experienced more physical security incidents than the prior year. One-third said they believed they will see an increase in these incidents in 2021.

Concerns over physical security has prompted
40% of the organizations in the survey to make changes to their security strategy, including an increase in their use of video cameras and security guards, since the start of the pandemic.

Organizations are aware of the cyber-risks associated with the digital technologies that are increasingly being deployed for physical security and often have strict IT security requirements when deploying them, says Jeremy White, founder of Pro-Vigil.

"IT security organizations are primarily responsible these days for the deployment and management of not only digital camera systems, but also IP-based access control and many other related products and services," he says.

White says IT teams often have control over the procurement of physical security. As a result, there is a
growing need for the IT and physical security teams to work hand-in-hand to ensure physical security technologies are deployed correctly and operate efficiently.

"It's a shift from physical security management in the past," he notes.
"As physical security has shifted from an analog offering into a more advanced IP-based or digital solution, the greater the requirement for both physical security to learn more about IT and for IT to learn more about physical security."

The convergence between IT and physical security has been in the making for several years, but it has
accelerated recently due to the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and increasingly sophisticated industrial IoT devices at many organizations. Nearly half of the respondents in the Pro-Vigil study, for instance, said they are using modern digital video systems with artificial intelligence (AI) for object recognition.  darkreading.com

A Cautionary Ransomware Tale
A company paid millions to get their data back, but forgot to do one thing.
So the hackers came back again.

Organizations that fall foul of ransomware should concentrate on finding how it happened before anything else - or they could fall victim again.

A company that fell victim to a ransomware attack and paid cyber criminals millions for the decryption key to restore their network
fell victim to the exact same ransomware gang under two weeks later after failing to examine why the attack was able to happen in the first place.
The cautionary tale is detailed by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in a blog post about the rise of ransomware. The unnamed company ended up
paying millions in bitcoin - twice - in order to restore its network and retrieve its files.

The NCSC has detailed the incident as a lesson for other organisations - and the lesson is that if you fall victim to a ransomware attack, find out how it was possible for cyber criminals to embed themselves on the network undetected before the ransomware payload was unleashed.

"For most victims that reach out to the NCSC, their first priority is - understandably - getting their data back and ensuring their business can operate again. However, the real problem is that
ransomware is often just a visible symptom of a more serious network intrusion that may have persisted for days, and possibly longer," said the blog post by an NCSC technical lead for incident management.

In order to install ransomware, cyber criminals may have been able to gain backdoor access to the network - potentially via a previous malware intrusion - as well as having administrator privileges or other login credentials.

If the attackers have that, they could easily deploy another attack if they wanted to - and did, in the example detailed above, as the victim hadn't examined how their network was compromised. zdnet.com

'ValidCC,' a Major Payment Card Bazaar and Looter
of E-Commerce Sites, Shuttered
ValidCC, a dark web bazaar run by a cybercrime group that for more than six years hacked online merchants and sold stolen payment card data, abruptly closed up shop last week. The proprietors of the popular store said their
servers were seized as part of a coordinated law enforcement operation designed to disconnect and confiscate its infrastructure.

There are
dozens of online shops that sell so-called "card not present" (CNP) payment card data stolen from e-commerce stores, but most source the data from other criminals. In contrast, researchers say ValidCC was actively involved in hacking and pillaging hundreds of online merchants - seeding the sites with hidden card-skimming code that siphoned personal and financial information as customers went through the checkout process.

Russian cybersecurity firm Group-IB published a report last year detailing the activities of ValidCC, noting the gang behind the crime shop was
responsible for plundering nearly 700 e-commerce sites. Group-IB dubbed the gang "UltraRank," which it said had additionally compromised at least 13 third-party suppliers whose software components are used by countless online stores across Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. krebsonsecurity.com

Interview With a Russian Cybercriminal
A LockBit ransomware operator shared with researchers why he became involved in cybercrime, how he chooses victims, and what's in his toolbox.

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Scammers targeting COVID-19 vaccination cards posted online

Don't post you COVID-19 vaccination cards online. You may have seen people posting their vacations cards on Instagram, Facebook, and TIK TOK. Your card has personal information that scammers can use. Scammers in the UK have been selling counterfeit vaccination cards posted online. People want to buy counterfeit CDC cards, so they can travel without being quarantined. This is one of the many scams related to the Covid-19 vaccination.




Big Brother Watching Online Shoppers?
Amazon says government demands for user data spiked by 800% in 2020
New transparency figures released by Amazon show the company responded to a record number of government data demands in the last six months of 2020. The new figures land in the company's bi-annual transparency report published to Amazon's website over the weekend.

Amazon said it processed 27,664 government demands for user data in the last six months of 2020, up from 3,222 data demands in the first six months of the year, an increase of close to 800%. That user data includes shopping searches and data from its Echo, Fire and Ring devices.

The new report presents the data differently from previous transparency disclosures. Amazon now breaks down the top requesting countries. U.S. authorities historically made up the bulk of the overall data demands Amazon receives, but this latest report shows Germany with 42% of all requests, followed by Spain with 18% and Italy and the U.S. with 11% share each.

An Amazon spokesperson would not say what led to the sharp rise in data demands. (Amazon seldom comments on its transparency reports.) techcrunch.com

Fraud Prevention without Friction

F5's Smriti Jaggi on Responding to eCommerce Fraud Growth Without
Turning Off Customers

Ecommerce and fraud - they evolved and grew together in 2020, and it's time for fraud defenses to do the same. Smriti Jaggi of F5 details how to deploy a multi-layered fraud defense without adding extra friction to the process.

In this video interview with ISMG, Jaggi discusses:

● Today's predominant forms of ecommerce fraud;
● Where traditional fraud defenses are most vulnerable;
● How to improve fraud prevention - without adding new friction.

Smriti Jaggi, Product Manager, Analytics Product Group at Shape Security, develops new data-driven products to enhance security and reduce friction for end users. She was a part of the Threat Intelligence team as well at Shape Security where she worked to identify different attack vectors in various industries such as finance, retail, telecom, etc. Smriti is a frequent speaker on fraud schemes in different industry verticals and highlights that security does not need to mean friction for end users. govinfosecurity.com

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McCracken County, KY: $10,000 of Power tools, other items stolen from True Value, suspect arrested
The McCracken County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary at a business in Lone Oak, Kentucky. Investigators said several suspects forced their way into Hank Brother's True Value at 1 a.m. on Friday, January 29 and took power tools and other items worth several thousands of dollars. Detectives made an arrest on Monday night. The McCracken County Sheriff's Department received numerous tips during the day related to this theft. Detectives followed up on numerous leads that led to the arrest of a Paducah man. Detectives arrested 32-year-old Daniel P Hartig, of Paducah for the Burglary. Detectives received information that Hartig had attempted to pawn some of the stolen property at a local pawn shop. Detectives recovered some of the stolen property, still in the factory boxes and marked "Hank Brother's True Value" at the pawn shop. Information then led detectives to a Lone Oak residence, where what is believed to be the rest of the stolen property was located. It is believed all of the stolen property has been recovered with an estimated value of over $10,000.  kfvs12.com

Asheville, NC: $7800 in merch stolen from Asheville CBD store in multiple break-ins
An Asheville CBD store is dealing with a series of break-ins. The owner of Carolina Hemp Company shared pictures of one break-in captured by his newly installed security camera. Owner Brian Bullman said thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise on Friday, Jan. 29. Bullman said Friday's break-in marks the third time the store was hit in a matter of only six days. "It was kind of a surprise again. It really hits home when you actually see it with your own eyes," Bullman told News 13 on Sunday. wlos.com

Seattle, WA: Repeat Offender charged in $3,111 Rite Aid Shoplifting case
A 32-year-old man accused of walking out of the California SW Rite Aid store with a shopping cart full of items is charged with felony second-degree theft - while awaiting trial on other similar charges. The charging documents say Nicholas A. Meinig was arrested last Tuesday evening. A clerk spotted Meinig heading toward the exit and asked, "A whole cart?" The documents say Meinig responded, "Hell yeah!" The store manager tried to follow him and called 911. Police stopped Meinig near California/Edmunds and say he confessed to stealing the items, described as "a variety of printer cartridges, health-care products, and beauty-care products." The store totaled the items' value at $3,111; he was also found in possession of a knife and several items that police believe were stolen elsewhere.

In the case documents, police describe Meinig as "very active and prolific in committing multiple high-dollar thefts from several victim businesses in the Seattle area over the last few years," with 29 arrests on his record and a felony-theft conviction. He's also awaiting trial on two other felony-theft charges from other areas of Seattle - one from a November shoplifting incident involving $1,245 in items taken from a Safeway store, and the other from an April incident involving $1,154 in items taken from a PCC store westseattleblog.com

UK: Melbourne, AU: Thief steals $75,000 worth of luxury designer goods in Smash and Grab raid
A thief who made off with about $75,000 worth of designer goods after ram-raiding a fashion boutique in Melbourne's CBD overnight remains on the run. The offender crashed into the front window of Berluti on Collins Street at 4.30am this morning, stealing a range of leather bags, wallets and satchels before taking off in the dark-colored SUV. Minor damage was left to the shopfront, with the door frames dented. 9news.com.au

Hamilton County, OH: Thief punches Kroger employee before fleeing with $1,500 in merchandise

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Shootings & Deaths

Henderson, NV: Shoplifting Suspect Fatally Stabbed by Mall Security
Henderson police said a shoplifting suspect was killed following a confrontation with property security Sunday night. About 5:40 p.m. on Jan. 31, police said they responded to the Galleria at Sunset, for a battery-related incident involving a knife. According to an investigation, an on-property security officer produced a knife after the theft suspect, a 34-year-old man accused of concealing stolen store merchandise, threatened the security guard with his own knife. "Preliminary information revealed a male subject was observed concealing store merchandise on his person and proceeded to exit the business without paying for the merchandise," police said in a release. "The business' 56-year-old security officer was alerted to the theft and attempted to retrieve the stolen merchandise from the male outside the business." The theft suspect was stabbed during the incident and later transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where he later died. The guard involved stayed on scene and was cooperating with police, they said.  fox5vegas.com

Tucson, AZ: One dead, 1 injured in Officer-involved shooting outside Circle K
Tucson Police Department says a man is dead after an officer-involved shooting on the south side Monday morning. Officials say the shooting happened at a Circle K store at 3301 S. Sixth Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. A man linked to the shooting of a woman, was later killed by police early Monday morning on Tucson's south side, police said. The incident started about 6:30 a.m. when officers answering reports of gunfire in the 3600 block of South Sixth Avenue found a wounded woman in a vehicle, said Sgt. Richard Gradillas, a Tucson Police Department spokesman. The woman had been shot and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, he said. Shortly after, police say they found a man suspected in the woman's shooting at a Circle K store at 3301 S. Sixth Ave. in a car seen fleeing the earlier shooting. The store is near West 44th Street, just south of Interstate 10. Police are investigating whether the man fired before he was shot and killed by an officer, Gradillas said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Tucson Police Department's homicide unit and internal affairs are each investigating the incident, which is standard procedure, Gradillas said.  tucson.com

Garland, TX: Dead Man Found In Ditch Behind Garland Walmart
A man was found dead behind a Walmart in Garland this afternoon. His body was in a ditch at the store located at I-30 and Broadway near the back fence. "We believe there was an exchange of gunfire between the victim and somebody else behind the store," said Garland PD Lt. Pedro Barineau. The victim is identified as 18-year-old Rhamil Reason of Dallas. dfw.cbslocal.com

Tallahassee, FL: Court denies 'Stand Your Ground' defense for suspect in Bonefish Grill co-worker's death
A Florida appeals court is denying a Jacksonville man's legal appeals to invoke the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law over the death of his girlfriend, the latest case to define limits on claiming that a killing might be justified as self-defense. In a brief written decision, the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee agreed with a lower circuit judge's order that Lee Rodarte Jr. was not entitled to immunity under the law in an ongoing murder trial in the 2017 death of his girlfriend and Bonefish Grill co-worker, 21-year-old Savannah Page Gold. Citing the self-defense law, Rodarte's lawyer said the two fought in his parked vehicle outside the restaurant. "In pain and fearing imminent serious bodily harm, the defendant grabbed Ms. Gold's neck," court records said. During the struggle, "the defendant heard and felt a pop in Ms. Gold's neck." A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Tuesday in Jacksonville. Rodarte is also charged with abusing her dead body and tampering with evidence. Police said Rodarte, 32, led them to Gold's body, which had been burned and wrapped in a plastic sheet and dumped at the bottom of a retention pond. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. jacksonville.com

South Burlington, VT: 1 person injured in shooting at University Mall
One person sustained minor injures during a shooting at University Mall on Monday, according to police. They say he was a bystander. South Burlington police Chief Shawn Burke said police received reports of shots being fired in the mall at approximately 5:30 p.m. near the GameStop location inside of the mall. The building immediately went into lockdown as stores closed their doors, according to Burke. The victim has been taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center to receive treatment. "What we're looking into right now is the fact that there was a dispute among some people that led to gunfire," said Burke. Stores immediately went into lockdown mode with employees and shoppers still inside, until police escorted them out approximately three hours later. mynbc5.com

Update: San Gabriel, CA: Man Pleads Not Guilty in shooting death of a man outside a strip mall last month

Rutherfordton, NC: Three Gunmen fire 24 rounds inside convenience store; only the 3 Suspects wounded


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Anchorage, AK: Man arrested after threatening Walmart employee with a knife
Anchorage Police responded to a robbery involving a knife at Walmart on the Old Seward Highway. After a short chase by Police, 33-year-old Jesse R. Rogers was taken into custody without incident. Rogers was on probation and had two open felony cases. Initial indications are that a Walmart greeter heard a clanging noise as Rogers was passing by him with a shopping cart full of items he had stolen from the store. The greeter did not say anything to Rogers, but Rogers verbally threatened the greeter with physical harm, and that is when the greeter realized the noise he had heard was Rogers hitting a knife against the cart he was pushing. This action by Rogers put the employee in fear for his safety. Rogers had stolen a duffle bag from inside Walmart, and filled it with several more items he had not paid for. Once Rogers pushed the shopping cart outside, he grabbed the bag from the cart and left the area on foot. While Rogers was running from the police, he abandoned the bag in a nearby gas station parking lot. The bag and all of its contents were recovered. There were no injuries.  local.nixle.com

Jonesboro, AR: Rolex Smash and Grab thwarted by employee who ran him down
A Memphis man was being held Monday on a $1 million bond after an attempted "smash and grab" at a jewelry store went wrong. Jermaine Byers, 43, requested Friday to look at a Rolex watch at Sissy's Log Cabin. The watch has a value of $54,650. When the employee was showing Byers the watch, the suspect "snatched it out of the employee's hand causing minor injury," the probable cause affidavit read. The employee, 33, chased Byers to the parking lot of Academy Sports. "After a brief struggle that caused physical injury to the employee's knee, Byers was held down until officers arrived on the scene to take him into custody," the affidavit read. Officers and Street Crimes Unit investigators with the Jonesboro Police Department assisted with Byers' arrest. jonesborosun.com

Update: Gang member sentenced to over 13 years in federal prison for 2 Colorado Springs robberies

Buffalo, NY: 7-Elelven Armed Robber sentenced to 7 years




Auto Parts - Sioux Falls, SD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Deerfield Beach, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Shrewsbury, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Rutherfordton, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Burglary
C-Store - Eugene, OR - Robbery
C-Store - Midway, TX - Burglary
CBD - Asheville, NC - Burglary
Family Dollar - Rockford, IL - Robbery
Gas Station - Richmond, KY - Robbery
Grocery - Hamilton County, OH - Robbery
Guns - Franklin, TN - Burglary
Jewelry - Hurst, TX - Robbery
Jewelry- Jonesboro, AR - Robbery
Restaurant - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery (McDonalds)
Restaurant - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery (McDonalds)
Restaurant - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery (Carl's Jr.)
Restaurant - Nashville, TN - Robbery (Subway)
Restaurant - Addison, IL - Armed Robbery (Popeyes)
Restaurant - Ellenville, NY - Burglary
Restaurant - Ellenville, NY - Burglary
Tobacco - Monterey, CA - Burglary
Walmart - Anchorage, AK - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - La Grange, IL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 17 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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Sharjeel (Serge) Ahmad, MBA, LPC named Regional Security Manager-West for Wayfair

Prior to joining Wayfair, Serge served as an Asset Protection Manager for Walgreens in the California and Hawaii Region for 8 years. Previous to Walgreens, Serge has held Asset Protection Field Leadership roles, with Rite Aid and Walmart. Serge also actively serves on the Academic Advisory Board for Abraham Lincoln University in Los Angeles, CA.

Michael Guminski named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for AutoZone

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