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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retail Organizations Applaud New ORC Legislation
Retailers welcome Senate bill dealing with organized retail crime
The Senate has introduced legislation that would create new tools to assist in the federal investigation and prosecution of organized retail crime (ORC) and help recover lost goods and proceeds

The “Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2023” was introduced by Senators Charles “Chuck” Grassley (R-IA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). It would establish a coordinated multi-agency response and create new tools to tackle evolving trends in organized retail crime. A companion bill is expected to be introduced next week in the House of Representatives.

“Retailers face security-related challenges on many fronts, and ORC continues to be a formidable threat in communities across the country,” said David French, senior VP of government relations, National Retail Federation. “This legislation is a critical step to increase collaboration between federal law enforcement agencies, retail investigators and state agencies to more effectively combat these increasingly violent criminal activities.”

In a recent survey of retail asset protection managers conducted by the Retail Industry Leaders Association, more than 86% of respondents said retail associates had been verbally threatened with bodily harm, nearly 76% reported associates were physically assaulted or threatened with a weapon, and more than 40% of associates were harmed by a weapon used by an ORC criminal.

“Organized retail crime is leading to more brazen and more violent attacks in retail stores and centers throughout the country, putting employees and consumers at risk,” said Tom McGee, president and CEO of ICSC. “In light of the increased number of attacks and lost revenue, we’re pleased that this legislation will broaden the statutes dealing with the transport of stolen goods and provide additional resources to law enforcement at both the federal and state level.”

The legislation is supported by ICSC, the National Retail Federation, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Sergeants Benevolent Association NYPD and the PASS (Protect America’s Small Sellers) Coalition. chainstoreage.com

   RELATED: ICSC Welcomes Legislation Addressing Threat of Organized Retail Crime

35,000-Foot View of Increasing Violent ORC
Why are retail thefts on the rise across the country?

It’s organized retail crime — where the thefts are planned, and part of organized rings.

"We're getting more information on 2020 and '21, because the pandemic and then all the wild looting and burning and all the serious crimes it started affecting retailers in a different way, have kind of kind of skewed what we've got there," said Read Hayes, a research scientist at University of Florida and director of the Loss Prevention Research Council.

And it could only be a matter of time before it affects Americans’ wallets and how they shop. But the NRF says this is something bigger than shoplifting. It’s organized retail crime — where the thefts are planned, and part of organized rings targeting everything from high-end items to razors and toothpaste.

"These are all items that are portable and they're very valuable and are readily converted to cash by the offender. So they fit the what we call the 'crave model,'" Hayes said. "But handbags and shoes, particularly handbags, are a very, very high loss right now."

Lisa LaBruno with the Retail Industry Leaders’ Association says many shoplifters feel it’s a high reward, low risk crime.

"It’s getting more brazen. It’s getting more violent. And that’s caused in part by the lack of accountability that these criminal actors are being held to," LaBruno said. "Which I think is a significant factor. These criminal actors feel as though nothing’s going to happen to them."

Online marketplaces are also enabling shoplifters, allowing them a quick cash turnaround— while remaining anonymous. The Biden administration is hoping to slow things down. Last December the president signed the Inform Act.

In addition to federal response Illinois and Colorado now have their own retail theft task forces. And cities from coast to coast are implementing local task forces. scrippsnews.com

Can SkyCop Cameras Deter Crime & Increase Police Accountability?
As Officers Beat Tyre Nichols, a Crime-Fighting Camera Watched Over Them

A SkyCop camera in Memphis provided overhead footage that was instrumental in shaping the public’s understanding of what unfolded.

It was one of the hundreds of SkyCop cameras, as they are known, that the Memphis Police Department has installed around the city. It was watching from above, recording as Mr. Nichols was beaten and then as officers and medics delayed providing aid. He died three days later.

The overhead footage, publicly released on Friday along with some of the officers’ body camera videos, has been widely regarded as critical in shaping the public’s understanding of what unfolded after the police pulled over Mr. Nichols that night, by offering an unobstructed bird’s-eye view.

Camera systems like SkyCop, which have been adopted by police departments around the country, have been criticized by activists and privacy advocates as a costly investment that does little to deter crime while adding to the overbearing presence that the police often have in neighborhoods — especially poor ones — where the cameras have proliferated.

Yet in this case, the round-the-clock camera has been a vital tool for accountability as Mr. Nichols’s death has unleashed pain and anger in Memphis and around the country. nytimes.com

54 Mass Shootings So Far in 2023
Victims identified in 6th mass shooting in 13 days to rock California
Three women, all out-of-state tourists, were killed and four people were injured in the second mass shooting to erupt in Los Angeles County in eight days -- the sixth in California this month, according to police.

The mass-casualty shooting unfolded around 2:30 a.m. when police received multiple 911 calls of a shooting in progress at a short-term luxury rental home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Beverly Crest shooting came just eight days after a Jan. 21 mass shooting in the Los Angeles County city of Monterey Park, where 12 people were fatally shot at a dance studio allegedly by a 72-year-old man, who died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound when police cornered him in a van in Torrance, California.

Nationwide, there have been 54 mass shootings since the start of the year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. President Biden is calling for an assault weapons ban. abcnews.go.com

NYC Store Owners Continue to Fight for Action Against Theft
Inside City Hall: Coalition of store owners urge action against shoplifting
Mayor Eric Adams last week during his State of the City address vowed to protect New York’s small business owners from shoplifting — as retail theft rates remain high across the five boroughs.

Meanwhile, retail and grocery industry groups recently joined together to form a new coalition called the Collective Action to Protect Our Stores. They are asking the city’s district attorney’s to form specialized units to address shoplifting directly.

On Monday night, the founder of that group, Nelson Eusebio, and Vice President of the Supermarket Association Nallely de Jesus joined “Inside City Hall” to talk about all this and more. ny1.com

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COVID Update

668.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 104.1M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 101.3M Recovered
Worldwide: 675.3M Cases - 6.7M Dead - 647.7M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 830

The Impact of Ending the COVID Public Health Emergency
What the end of the COVID-19 emergencies in the US means
The end of the public health emergency will mean that Americans start paying more for certain COVID-19 health measures, but the increase likely won't all be felt at once.

One of the most obvious new costs will be at-home rapid tests, which have been free for most of the time they've existed. People can get eight free tests a month covered by their insurance, for example, or order free tests in the mail from the government.

But that ends with the public health emergency on May 11, Kates at KFF said. The same is true for walking into a clinic or doctor's office to get a test. That could come with costs in the future, whereas it is free under the emergency order.

But vaccines will remain free for people with insurance. Because of work in Congress and by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccines are mandated to be covered by insurance -- through the end of the public health emergency and even once the government stops buying and distributing them for free. abcnews.go.com

$45 Billion in COVID Theft
GOP Oversight chairman sounds alarm over 'massive amounts' of COVID 'theft' as reports say billions missing
House Oversight Committee chairman James Comer, R-Ky., on Wednesday sounded the alarm over "massive amounts of fraud" taken from U.S. COVID-19 programs after reports found that tens of billions were stolen or simply went missing during the pandemic.

Comer is holding a hearing to investigate COVID-19 fraud. Government watchdogs and the Department of Labor (DOL) itself have indicated that COVID-19 waste, fraud and abuse cost the U.S. up to $163 billion throughout the pandemic.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found this week that the DOL spent $45 billion on fraudulent claims for unemployment insurance during the pandemic. It also stated that the department has yet to implement reforms that might prevent future fraud. foxnews.com

Is the Remote Work Bubble Bursting?
Analysis: Remote Work Bubble Begins to Pop

At the pandemic’s three-year mark, many employees and employers are at odds over where work gets done.

Early indicators suggest we might be witnessing a remote work bubble that’s being punctured by some employers who want their employees in the office—at least two or three days a week.

A recent Wall Street Journal article carried the headline, “The Job Market for Remote Workers Is Shrinking.” The Jan. 24 article reported: “Remote jobs made up 13.2% of postings advertised on LinkedIn last month—down from 20.6% in March. Other job sites such as Indeed.com and ZipRecruiter also report declines in remote listings.”

At the three-year anniversary of the pandemic, some employers are recognizing the erosion of their company cultures as well as diminished camaraderie of work teams because co-workers spend so little time together in person. tcbmag.com

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State Crime Data and Strategies to Lower Crime

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Change in Violent Crime Rate, 2019–2021

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Industry News

The Great Debate: How Retailers Should Manage the Union Push
Should retail seek a middle path between being pro- or anti-union?
In an open letter last week, McDonald’s USA president Joe Erlinger blasted proposed California legislation related to conditions for fast food workers as stemming “almost entirely at the behest of organized labor’s firm grip on many of the state’s lawmakers.”

Mr. Erlinger argued that the impetus for the bill is that despite “years of work, and hundreds of millions of dollars,” organized labor continues to lose ground. He said that the U.S. unionization rate in 2022 shrunk to 10.1 percent, the lowest on record.

The act, AB257, could raise the minimum wage for fast food workers as high as $22. The bigger change, however, is the planned formation of a 10-member, state-run council to negotiate wages, hours and working conditions for non-union fast food workers in California, potentially setting a precedent across the U.S. for negotiating workplace standards. Proponents argue that worker challenges during the pandemic demonstrated the need for an independent council.

Despite stagnant membership growth, unionization has been on the rise at Starbucks, Amazon.com, Apple and elsewhere. A Gallup poll last August found that 71 percent of Americans approve of unions, up seven percent since before the pandemic and the highest rating since 1965.

In a recent Harvard Business Review column, Sharon Block, executive director of the labor and worklife program at Harvard Law School, said that, given the tight labor market and organization efforts, past antagonistic unionization approaches should be reconsidered. She wrote, “An ugly anti-union effort can hurt morale, reputation and increase turnover. Conversely, companies that take steps like voluntary recognition, partnering to create the best conditions for a fair campaign and respecting workers’ decisions can preserve a positive relationship with their employees.” retailwire.com

Biometric Security Technology Continues to Expand
Raleigh-Durham International becomes 50th airport to use new biometric eye-scanners to speed up security
Security remains one of the most time-intensive and unpredictable parts of air travel, but a new futuristic system now in use at Raleigh-Durham International Airport may help to speed up the process.

On Wednesday, RDU airport introduced CLEAR biometric security lanes. If you travel much by air, you may have already spotted CLEAR’s white terminals near the security lines in more than 40 U.S. cities. Raleigh marks the brand’s 50th airport.

The idea is simple. When you step up to one of these terminals, it can scan your eyes or fingers to verify your identity, eliminating the need to take out your driver’s license. A CLEAR ambassador then leads travelers through the lane and directly to physical security.

“RDU is proud to partner with CLEAR to provide travelers another option to expedite the security screening process,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority, in a news release. “RDU’s commitment to leveraging technology to provide our guests with a world class experience makes CLEAR an excellent fit.” wavy.com

China Continues to Top Notorious Markets List
USTR Releases 2022 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy
WASHINGTON - The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the findings of its 2022 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (the Notorious Markets List). The Notorious Markets List highlights online and physical markets that reportedly engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.

The 2022 Notorious Markets List also identifies 39 online markets and 33 physical markets that are reported to engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy. This includes continuing to identify the WeChat e-commerce ecosystem as one of the largest platforms for counterfeit goods in China. Other listed markets in China include online markets Aliexpress, Baidu Wangpan, DHGate, Pinduoduo, and Taobao, as well as seven physical markets located within China that increasingly use brick-and-mortar storefronts to support online sales of counterfeits.

Goods from China accounted for 75 percent of the value of all of the counterfeit and pirated goods seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2021, a new report found.

The complete 2022 Notorious Markets List can be found here mailchi.mp

Top 15 Grocery Retailers in the U.S.
H-E-B tops Amazon as best grocery retailer in the U.S.
H-E-B regained its leadership position from Amazon in the sixth annual Dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index (RPI), a nationwide study of the approximately $1 trillion U.S. grocery market. Costco Wholesale came in second, while Amazon fell to third. Wegmans Food Markets took the fourth spot for the third year in a row, followed by Sam's Club.

While H-E-B ranked first overall, Amazon is still superior in online shopping even as online retailers are closing the gap. The top six retailers for digital are Amazon, Amazon Fresh, Target, Sam's Club, Walmart and Walmart Neighborhood Market.

See complete list of top 15 grocers below

1. H-E-B
2. Costco
3. Amazon
4. Wegmans
5. Sam's Club

6. Market Basket
7. Amazon Fresh
8. Trader Joes

9. Winco
10. BJ's Wholesale
11. Target
12. Aldi
13. Shoprite
14. Walmart Neighborhood Market
15. Walmart

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Cybersecurity Investments Are On the Budget Chopping Block
CISOs to face new budget hurdles in 2023 as economic anxiety lingers
Pressure is rising on budgets amid concerns about an economic downturn and CISOs will need to convince board members and the C-suite that cyber resilience will help improve the bottom line, according to Forrester.

Corporate boards and the C-suite still largely view cybersecurity as a cost center, raising the possibility that critical investments will be rolled back or eliminated as companies make cuts.

But CISOs need to make the case that cyber resilience will help generate customer trust and loyalty. It falls on them to illustrate cuts to the security budget will put the company at risk of regulatory scrutiny, higher insurance premiums and the risk of losing customers to rival firms.

Linking security to revenue — or the loss thereof — is critical to defending the security budget and establishing security as a core competency, and the cost of doing business,” Jess Burn, senior analyst at Forrester, said via email.

The Neustar International Security Council showed less than half of companies surveyed across the globe said they were getting adequate budget allocations to support their cybersecurity needs, according to a report released last week.

Earlier this month, PwC released a report showing about half of global CEOs planned to increase their investments in cybersecurity or data privacy, adapting supply chains or expanding their geographic footprint.

“That being said, CISOs are trying to be good stewards of the level of investment by optimizing their technology footprint and leveraging automation to do more with less,” Joe Nocera, PwC partner leader, cyber, risk and regulatory marketing, said via email. cybersecuritydive.com

Something to Watch as Companies Expand Electric Delivery Fleets
Vulnerabilities could let hackers remotely shut down EV chargers, steal electricity

The emerging market’s uneven response to fix the flaws suggests cybersecurity could be a growing concern in electric car charging networks.

AdvertisementTwo vulnerabilities in a commonly used networking protocol for electric vehicle chargers could allow hackers to remotely shut down charging stations or manipulate docking stations to recharge for free, according to a report from cybersecurity firm Saiflow.

“Essentially, if a hacker exploits these two vulnerabilities, he can create a denial of service which would mean disrupting or disconnecting a single charger or at scale they can execute distributed denial of service which would mean taking down and disconnecting all chargers connected to that network,” said Ron Tiberg-Shachar, CEO of Saiflow, which sells cybersecurity services to the EV charger market.

A fix for the vulnerabilities is available, but Tiberg-Shachar pointed out that the burgeoning EV industry has been slow to deploy the update. The discovery of the flaws and the market’s uneven response suggests cybersecurity could be a growing concern as Washington has made building infrastructure for electric cars a priority. The 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law gave states $7.5 billion over five years to install electric vehicle charging stations. Last September, the administration launched an initiative to build out charging networks along 75,000 miles of interstate highways.

Those EV chargers are connected to a management system platform, usually on the cloud, that allows operators to track the infrastructure stability, energy management, EV charge requests and handles billing. Most chargers use the open charge point protocol (OCPP) — a popular open-source communication standard — to communicate between electric vehicle charging stations and management systems.

Using the OCPP protocol with the embedded vulnerability, a hacker can imitate and hijack a connection between the charger and the management platform. With that access, a hacker can shut down that group of chargers that use OCPP, whether those are installed in a private home or at a highway gas station. They can also use other identifiers to steal energy from those chargers. Even more, the vulnerability gives some access to the surrounding components, said Tiberg-Shachar. cyberscoop.com

Softening Cyber Insurance Market?
Skyrocketing Cyber Insurance Premium Growth May Slow

Increased Competition and Capital Suggest Softening Market, Says Marsh Executive

The cyber insurance market shows signs of softening after eight quarters of back-to-back premium increases, an industry executive told a U.K. parliamentary committee investigating the effects of ransomware.

Spikes in ransomware attacks that began in 2018 resulted in "a steady price increase, year over year" in cyber insurance premiums, starting in the fourth quarter of 2019, said Sarah Stephens, head of Marsh's international cybersecurity practice. The average premium increase during the third quarter of 2022 compared to the previous year was 50%, she testified Monday before Parliament's Joint Committee on National Security Strategy. The average year-on-year premium increase in the second quarter was 70%, she added.

Stressing that she wasn't making predictions about the direction of premium rates, Stephens said that Marsh is seeing indicators of increased competition and capital in the cyber insurance industry - "signs that the insurance market might soften for this type of insurance." govinfosecurity.com

Researchers Uncover Packer Used by Several Malware to Evade Detection for 6 Years
A shellcode-based packer dubbed TrickGate has been successfully operating without attracting notice for over six years, while enabling threat actors to deploy a wide range of malware such as TrickBot, Emotet, AZORult, Agent Tesla, FormBook, Cerber, Maze, and REvil over the years.

"TrickGate managed to stay under the radar for years because it is transformative – it undergoes changes periodically," Check Point Research's Arie Olshtein said, calling it a "master of disguises."

Offered as a service to other threat actors since at least late 2016, TrickGate helps conceal payloads behind a layer of wrapper code in an attempt to get past security solutions installed on a host. Packers can also function as crypters by encrypting the malware as an obfuscation mechanism.

The infection chain involves sending phishing emails with malicious attachments or booby-trapped links that lead to the download of a shellcode loader that's responsible for decrypting and launching the actual payload into memory. thehackernews.com

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Creating Your Cannabis Security Plan
3 Tips for Creating a Security Plan for a Competitive Cannabis Business Application
There are a few hoops that you’ll have to jump through before opening up your cannabis own shop, including licensing, security, and building out your facility. This is a guide in producing a solid security plan that can hold up in the competitive cannabis market.

Read the Rules

It is highly important for someone on the team to read the local and state rules surrounding cannabis. Cannabis is highly regulated. Regulations vary from state to state, as well as from city to city— such as what tracking systems you are required to use for your inventory and how bright your outside lighting should be. Specific codes will assist in breaking down what is and isn’t allowed. Understanding the security rules in your state is foundational to any cannabis business, whether you are in cultivation, manufacturing, or retail.

Have a Plan

After you gain insight from the rules and regulations in your state, it is time to draft a skeleton of what you think your business is going to look like. Don’t worry, nothing has to be set in stone here. This just provides a basis of how you are going to answer questions regarding your business.

Meet with Professionals

Once you have an outline of how your business is going to look, it is time to meet with some professionals. Especially when it comes to security plans, competitive applications are graded based on a set rubric. These graders may be evaluating a hundreds or thousands of different applications. If your application doesn’t meet a specific requirement, your application will be discarded without a second glance. A professional security consultant will make sure that you, as a client, will avoid these common pitfalls.

A security professional will also be aware of what specific cannabis boards like to see. It could be as simple as a specific heading or format style. A professional can help give your security plan an edge that other applicants might not have in a competitive market. sapphirerisk.com

Security Front & Center in New York's Legal Weed Market
Security at Housing Works legal weed shop is not high level: NYPD
The state’s first legal recreational pot shop has not locked in its security measures, a top NYPD official said, calling its operator “unprofessional.” Deputy Inspector Ralph Clement, commanding officer of the 9th Precinct in Greenwich Village, said the Housing Works Cannabis Co. on Broadway, did not meet all protocols and mandates.

Clement noted that the store did not have armed security guards to watch over its inventory of gummies, joints and loose “flower.”

The state Office of Cannabis Management’s regulations for legally selling weed detail numerous security safeguards at weed shops including alarms, video camera and safe cash storage. The state allows licensed weed shops to hire armed guards, but does not require it.

Housing Works said in documents filed with the local community board that it would have at least three security guards on site at all times. A guard could be seen standing in the entrance of the shop on Broadway at East Eighth Street this week and the store appeared to have an alarm system and video cameras.

Clement said Housing Works had not reached out to the precinct to discuss anything about its operation and called the group “unprofessional.” nypost.com

Virginia’s latest effort for retail marijuana market likely doomed
Two different proposals to start recreational marijuana sales in Virginia were voted down by a House of Delegates panel, signaling that the latest push for a retail market appears doomed.

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Labor Department Continues to Zero In on Amazon Warehouses
Amazon Cited by Labor Department for Hazards at 3 Additional Warehouses

Company’s recent citations now total six warehouses in broad review by OSHA and Justice Department

Federal labor authorities have cited Amazon.com Inc. for safety violations at three of its warehouses, adding to previous citations the company has faced in a broad review of its workplace practices.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday it issued citations to Amazon following inspections at facilities in Aurora, Colo., Nampa, Idaho, and Castleton, N.Y. The citations follow three recent citations by the department at different Amazon sites in Florida, Illinois and New York for similar safety issues.

The agency said it found Amazon exposed workers to a high risk of injuries and muscle-related disorders at the facilities due to the fast pace at which workers must handle packages and long hours required to complete tasks.

“Amazon’s operating methods are creating hazardous work conditions and processes, leading to serious worker injuries,” Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker said in a written statement. Amazon faces a fine of $46,875. The agency said it is continuing its investigation into Amazon warehouse safety.

An Amazon spokeswoman said in a written statement that the company takes the safety and health of its employees seriously and doesn’t believe the government’s allegations reflect the reality of safety at Amazon sites.

The Labor Department has been investigating Amazon warehouses after referrals from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. Aside from the three citations in January, the agency in December cited several Amazon warehouses for failing to adequately report injuries. Amazon said at the time that it remained confident in the number of injuries it had reported. wsj.com

More Robots Than Human Workers at Amazon?
Robots could surpass workers at Amazon by 2030, Cathie Wood says

Amazon had more than 1.6 million workers at the end of 2021, according to its most recent annual report.

The growth of automation in the workplace will accelerate this decade, with robot workers possibly surpassing human employees at one of the world’s biggest companies, according to Ark Invest’s Cathie Wood.

Amazon ’s use of automated robots will dramatically change the company’s workforce in the coming years, the portfolio manager said Wednesday.

“Amazon is adding about a thousand robots a day. ... If you compare the number of robots Amazon has to the number of employees, it’s about a third. And we believe that by the year 2030 Amazon can have more robots than employees,” Wood said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

“So we are just at the dawn of the robotics age. And I would say artificial intelligence and battery technology are all a part of that movement as well,” she added.

The robot revolution will not be limited to Amazon; it will spread across manufacturing, Wood said, as improving technology and falling costs speed up the transition.

“If you look at the cost declines, which drive all of our models ... for every cumulative doubling in the number of robots produced, the cost declines are in the 50-60% range,” she said. cnbc.com

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Jewelry Fence For Year-Long Violent Manhattan Diamond District Robbery Spree Convicted

Queens Jeweler Convicted In $1.8M+ Luxury Watch Robbery And Money Laundering Scheme

Jamaica Colosseum Mall Jewelry Store Operator Laundered Stolen Watches from Armed Robberies of Luxury Jewelers

TANISLAV YAKUBOV, a/k/a “Steve,” on three counts in a Superseding Indictment, including one count of money laundering conspiracy and two counts of making false statements to federal law enforcement agents. YAKUBOV is scheduled to be sentenced on June 1, 2023.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Stanislav Yakubov agreed to purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars’ ($1.8M listed) worth of diamond-encrusted, stolen luxury watches that had been taken during (10 listed) violent robberies, the victims of which included jewelers from Yakubov’s own community. Yakubov’s actions fueled a year-long robbery spree that targeted nearly a dozen victims, and his conviction sends a message to the community that the purchase and laundering of stolen property will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted.”

From at least in or about October 2019 up to and including November 2020, STANISLAV YAKUBOV, and others known and unknown, agreed to purchase stolen watches worth up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, each that had been taken during armed robberies. The watches owned by victims targeted in the robberies included diamond-encrusted Richard Mille, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Patek Philippe watches owned by jewelers as part of the jewelers’ businesses based in Manhattan’s Diamond District and elsewhere.

YAKUBOV, 42, of Queens, New York, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years, and two counts of making false statements to federal law enforcement agents, each of which carry a maximum prison term of five years. justice.gov

Fontana, CA: Officers arrest suspect who allegedly stole $750,000 worth of items from stores
On Monday, 01/30/2023, After an investigation lasting several months, Fontana Police Officers from the Fugitive Apprehension Team and Multiple Enforcement Team tracked down a burglary suspect stealing from The Home Depot and Lowes since 2016. This suspect, identified as Jaime Ruiz (31), has been stealing power tools for several years. Loss Prevention Agents estimate that Ruiz has stolen three-quarters of a million dollars in merchandise from their stores throughout southern California in this time. This morning officers served search warrants in the City of Riverside and Colton. As a result, more than forty-five thousand dollars in stolen merchandise was recovered. The recovered property was returned to the stores. Ruiz and a second suspect Jorge Duran (59), were arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center.  fontanaheraldnews.com

Nags Head, NC: Three suspects in Manteo theft also charged with $15,000 Ulta larceny
The three suspects charged with theft from a Manteo ABC store on the night of Jan. 27 are also facing charges involving larceny from the Ulta store in Nags Head as part of a reported spree that included a high- speed getaway attempt, responses from multiple law enforcement agencies and, ultimately, their being taken into custody around the OBX Bowling Center in Nags Head, according to police sources. The three who were arrested and face charges in both towns are Shaquan Copeland, 29, of Portsmouth VA, Tynasia Smith, 26, of Norfolk, VA and Shaquilla Cuffee, 28, also of Norfolk. According to Nags Head Police Chief Perry Hale, that department was alerted to theft at the Ulta store at about 6:30 p.m. and a little later, the suspects made their way to the Manteo ABC location. The Manteo Police incident report stated that at the ABC, they stole several bottles of alcohol valued at about $780. Hale said that at Ulta, the suspects made off with perfume valued at nearly $15,000. northcentralpa.com

Seattle, WA: Five Arrested in University Village Retail Theft Operation
The Seattle Police Department recognizes organized retail theft negatively impacts many local businesses, and with a high concentration of high-end retailers, University Village in the University District has become a frequent target. Recently, SPD’s Community Response Group officers have been conducting organized retail theft operations throughout the city to prevent and deter theft and shoplifting. This past Thursday, January 26th, GRG officers partnered with seven U-Village retailers located within the 2600 block of Northeast University Village Street to look for people suspected of committing the crimes of theft and shoplifting. Officers also addressed other crimes as needed. Throughout the day, CRG officers working with store employees identified five shoplifting subjects who were observed concealing merchandise and exiting stores without paying for the items. Officers arrested four 16-year-old and one 18-year-old female suspects and recovered stolen merchandise totaling more than $1,000.00. The five suspects face charges of shoplifting, which is a misdemeanor, so were not booked into jail at this time. However, SPD will be requesting criminal charges be filed. spdblotter.seattle.gov

Willowbrook, IL: 3 charged with stealing $1,668 in perfume from Walgreens store, fleeing police
Three people have been charged with stealing perfume and other items from a Walgreens store in Willowbrook on Tuesday, then leading police on a chase through several communities that ended in a crash with a patrol vehicle. Kyla Simmons, 20, of the 3300 block of West Arthington Street in Chicago; Duane Robinson, 23, of the 7900 block of South Wabash Avenue in Chicago; and Monteriana Williams, 20, of the 400 block of North Austin Boulevard in Oak Park, each are charged with burglary and retail theft. dailyherald.com

Warrington Township, PA: Couple wanted for thefts of over $1000 of Nicorette Gum from Target

Suffolk County, NY: Woman used stolen credit card at Best Buy and Michael’s, wanted for grand larceny

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Brockton, MA: Suspected Gunman in Deadly Dollar Tree Shooting at Large
The man suspected of killing one person and wounding another in a double shooting at a Dollar Tree store in Brockton, Massachusetts, is still at large Wednesday, authorities said. He was identified as Luis Soto, a 32-year-old former employee of the store, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office. They noted that the shooting does not appear to be random, but Soto is believed to be armed and dangerous. Authorities identified the man who died in Tuesday's shooting as East Boston resident Dongbin Pyon, 38. He died after being rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital along with the other shooting victim, who hasn't been identified; that man's condition hasn't been released. Soto is wanted on a murder charge after fleeing the store after the shooting, prosecutors said. They've located his car but, as they search for him, are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to call state or Brockton police. nbcboston.com

Robeson County, NC: 1 dead in shooting outside Robeson County C-store
A shooting took place Wednesday morning around 6:30 a.m. where one person was killed outside of a store on West Third Street in the Pembroke area of Robeson County, according to Pembroke Police Chief Adrian Hunt. Hunt said they are still in the early stages of the investigation and that witnesses are being interviewed. The North Carolina Bureau State Bureau of Investigation is also helping the Pembroke Police, according to Hunt. wpde.com

Riviera Beach, FL: Man arrested in fatal shooting outside convenience store
Police have arrested a gunman, they said, shot and killed a man in front of a convenience store in Riviera Beach. Raymond Omar Gerena Ortiz was taken into custody at around 2 a.m. Wednesday following an extensive investigation, Riviera Beach Police said in a Facebook post. Detectives said Gerena Ortiz is responsible for the fatal shooting that occurred Monday afternoon outside a convenience store at 3309 President Barack Obama Highway in Riviera Beach. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Gerena Ortiz faces a charge of first-degree murder with a firearm.  wflx.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Jacksonville, FL: Man who robbed 10 convenience stores in 3 days captured in Operation Déjà Vu
A man police say was involved in 10 convenience store robberies in Jacksonville over the course of three days last month was captured during an investigation dubbed Operation Déjà Vu, Sheriff T.K. Waters announced Wednesday. Branon Purcell has been charged with five counts of armed robbery with a firearm, one count of fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the crime spree that ran from Jan. 19 through Jan. 21, police said. Waters said there were no reports of injuries in any of the holdups at stores that included Walgreens, CVS, Circle K and Gate. “Purcell is no stranger to criminal activity, as he had just been released from Florida State Prison 21 days — 21 days — before this arrest,” Waters said.  news4jax.com

Rockford, IL: Walgreens employee arrested for stealing $25,000 from store
Police in Illinois say a worker has been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars from her place of employment. According to the Cherry Valley Police Department, 22-year-old Tajanae Glass has been charged with theft for stealing money from a Rockford-area Walgreens. Authorities said Glass was caught by a loss prevention manager while working at the store. She is accused of taking around $25,000. Cherry Valley police said a witness informed officers that Glass was in charge of depositing money into the company bank account. However, she reportedly took various amounts of money from the deposits over the last year. wsaz.com

Williamsport, PA: Homeless man punches security officer at Wegmans
A loss prevention officer at Wegmans was punched in the face when he tried to remove a man and woman from the café area of the store. Isaac Ahmad Sager was asked earlier on Jan. 21 to leave the property after spending hours sitting at a table. He returned shortly before 5 p.m. with a female companion who started vaping inside the store, Williamsport Police Officer Ericka Heath said. When asked to leave the store, Sager allegedly approached the employee and got into his face. After he was pushed back, Sager came toward the man again, this time punching him in the face. Investigating officers said a red mark could be seen on the man’s face.  northcentralpa.com

Toronto, Canada: Police find vehicle driven through mall in Vaughan but suspects in robbery still at large
Police have recovered a car they say was driven through a mall north of Toronto early Wednesday in a retail robbery they're calling an "audacious crime." Sgt. Clint Whitney, spokesperson for York Regional Police, said two thieves used the car to smash their way through a glass entrance at Vaughan Mills, near Highway 400 and Rutherford Road, at about 1:10 a.m. Police tweeted surveillance video of the robbers in action. Whitney said they drove the car through the mall to an electronics store, broke in, took a quantity of electronic devices, then drove through the mall again before smashing their way through a different glass entrance on the other side. "Fortunately, nobody was harmed," Whitney told reporters outside the mall. "Nonetheless, it's an audacious crime and remarkable." The car, a stolen 2011 Black Audi A4, was located on Wednesday afternoon and investigators will examine it for evidence, according to police. Its front windshield bore a decal that reads "Ladies on Wheels." The vehicle has a Quebec licence plate: X10 SNP.  cbc.ca


Knoxville, TN: Over $250,000 of Counterfeit Clothing seized from store
A Knoxville man is facing charges including money laundering after officers conducted a search of a clothing store, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said that on Tuesday, January 31, detectives with the office’s Organized Retail Crime Unit, Narcotics Unit, and Property Crimes Unit searched Britney’s Purse and Accessories, located at 2352 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. The store is operated by Vincent Jones, 64, of Knoxville, spokesperson Kimberly Glenn said. According to Glenn, the search was conducted because of complaints that Jones was selling counterfeit items, considered intellectual property, which is a similar search that was conducted in 2018 at the same location. The 2018 search was for food stamp fraud, criminal simulation and computer offenses, Glenn said. wjhl.com


Fargo, ND: Hombacher’s Grocery store suffers $20,000 in damages
A fire at a Hornbacher’s store in Fargo caused around $20,000 dollars in damage. The Fargo Fire Department were called to the Osgood Hornbacher’s on south 45th around 5:45 p.m. When crews arrived heavy smoke was coming from a large exhaust unit over the bakery. People inside the store were evacuated for safety precautions. The damage appears to be limited to a fryer and some water damage from a sprinkler system. knoxradio.com

Redding, CA: Redding Paint Mart on recovery path after heavy fire damage
The Redding Paint Marts store on Larkspur Lane is on a recovery path after a fire wreaked havoc inside the store last Wednesday which inflicted heavy damage and prompted the Redding Fire Department to douse it quickly upon arrival. A week later, KRCR spoke to its owner, Jeff Schuler, who said efforts to recover from the damage are underway with a plan to install a temporary location close to the store—pending city approval. Additionally, Jeff explained because he has other stores, it creates a support network which allows him to coordinate store needs while maintaining a steady chain of supplies and resources.  krcrtv.com



Auto – Eau Claire, WI – Robbery
C-Store – Columbus, OH – Robbery
C-Store- Robeson County, NC – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Paducah, KY – Armed Robbery
CVS – Clayton County, GA – Robbery
Cellphone - Lee’s Summit, MO - Armed Robbery
Grocery – Northampton County, PA - Robbery
Hardware – Dickinson, ND – Robbery
Hotel – Amarillo, TX – Armed Robbery
• Jewelry - Braintree, MA – Burglary
Liquor – Nags Head, - Robbery
Target – Warrington Township, PA - Robbery
Ulta – Nags Head, - Robbery
Walgreens - Willowbrook, IL - Burglary


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• 12 robberies
• 2 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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