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InstaKey Promoted Tiana Davis to Director of Client Services

Lakewood, Colorado - February 1, 2022 - InstaKey® Security Systems is proud to announce the promotion of Tiana Davis to Director of Client Services.

Since joining InstaKey® Security Systems as a Client Services Manager in 2018, Mrs. Davis has been essential to the company's growth and success. She demonstrates a passion for the brand and a drive to create excellent support solutions for our clients. In her new role, Mrs. Davis shall use this operational knowledge to develop new offerings designed to expand our services and outreach. With her strong positive outlook and collaborate style, she'll be working more closely with our clients on field education and tools utilization bettering their key control and cost savings.

"We are very pleased to make this announcement. Tiana is a valued partner and colleague. Her focus and persistence, proven desire for positive outcomes, and experience will continue helping us expand our knowledge base while creating more value for our clients", stated Ryan Carter, Chief Executive Officer.

We hope you will join us in extending "Congratulations" to our new Director of Client Services!

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Why solving Organized Retail Crime needs a purpose-built approach

By Hedgie Bartol

The reality of today's retail environment means there is not a single retailer these days that does not have a problem with Organized Retail Crime (ORC). The state of the world in recent years has only exacerbated the problem, with three-fourths of retailers in a National Retail Federation (NRF) security survey seeing an increase in ORC in 2020. This makes it more important than ever for Asset Protection/Loss Prevention (AP/LP) teams to find the right solution for the job.

It might make sense to invest in a one size fits all solution, where you get a suite of features usually for a lower price than if you bought them all separately. Cost-effective, no need to deal with multiple different vendors, and why deal with just one problem when you can try to tackle multiple issues? Easy, right? Not necessarily - and here's why.

The problem of trying to solve ORC with an all-in-one solution

Think of the Swiss Army Knife. This pocket-sized contraption features several functions that can be used in a variety of situations. You can use the blades to slice an apple, or the scissors to cut something in a pinch. But a chef wouldn't use the same blade to prepare food and a tailor wouldn't use the scissors to cut fabric.

The same goes for retail crime solutions. All-in-one single vendor solutions offer overall case management functions such as reporting incidents, store audits, health and safety, etc. They may be great business intelligence tools and for record keeping, but when it comes to dealing specifically with ORC and people who offend repeatedly, one size does not fit all. Since they're not created with the specific problem of ORC in mind, trying to apply an all-in-one single vendor solution to ORC is like trying to make the problem fit the tool.

Data from Auror's Crime Intelligence Platform shows that 10% of people who offend are responsible for perpetrating 50% of reported loss from retail crimes worldwide. Serious incidents such as robberies and assaults doubled in 2021, with ORC groups and those who repeat offend accounting for a significant proportion of this. NRF survey results back this trend, with 65% of respondents in the 2021 security survey saying ORC groups are showing greater levels of violence and aggression than before.

It's therefore critical to address ORC and repeat crimes with a purpose-built solution that is easy for AP/LP teams to use. This means being able to connect the crimes with the people committing them, not just inputting data about events. Just recording individual shoplifting events does little on its own, but being able to establish a link between the crimes and those perpetrating them creates powerful cases for law enforcement to pursue.

Read the full article here

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Security Officer Deaths & Shootings So Far in 2022
15 Security Officers Dead, 27 Others Have Been Shot in 31 Days
In just the first thirty-two days of 2022, 14 security officers and 1 private police officer have lost their lives while on duty, protecting others. 27 other security officers were shot during the month of January.

Just in the last few days, a private campus police officer, John Painter and campus safety officer, J.J. Jefferson, was gunned down on a small rural Virginia college campus during an Active Shooter incident.

In 2021, 84 security officers were murdered. An overwhelming 91.3 died from gunfire.
To some, these are just numbers. Statistics that fade away almost as quickly as they're printed.

But to us, they were people who oftentimes just weren't prepared for the dangers that they were unknowingly facing each day that they went to work. Their lives mattered and we will not forget them. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

Retail Crime Spike Fee
Downtown Denver business owner to charge 1% fee to recover shoplifting losses
A Downtown Denver business owner says shoplifting at his stores has gotten so bad he's having to charge customers a fee to make up the costs.

"[It's called the] Denver Crime Spike Fee, and so that'll be a 1% transaction fee for all of the items that are purchased in our stores," Derek Friedman, owner of several Sportsfan and Sock Em Sock Emporium locations in the Denver metro, said Sunday.

Since 2019, he says shoplifting at his downtown and Federal Boulevard stores has tripled.

It's forced him to impose this new Denver Crime Spike Fee to help him recover thousands of dollars in losses, as originally reported by Denver Business Journal. The fee will go live in February.

"We're talking about six figures [in losses] for a really small business like us, and that is meaningful. It impacts our employees, and, more importantly, it now is going to impact our shoppers," Friedman said.

The problem has also made it harder for him to keep employees as they'd rather work at Park Meadows or Cherry Creek Mall.

Tobey Zamora, a customer born and raised in Denver, isn't too happy with the forthcoming 1% fee, but he knows the situation downtown right now is a bit rough.

"You got to do what you got to do. It sucks. It sucks that it falls back on us consumers," he said. "I'm not okay. But if I have to, I have to. I mean, I'm not gonna stop buying what I want."

Friedman says he may have to increase the fee in the future if things don't improve in the next few months. But he hopes by taking action, local and state leaders will pay more attention - and so will customers.

"My hope is that over the course of the coming months, some different approaches are taken to enforcement and police presence and attitudes towards police and the great job that they do protecting businesses like ours," he said. thedenverchannel.com

Small Online Retailers Take issue With New Anti-Theft Bills
Op-Ed: Bill to Regulate Online Sales Hurts Small Entrepreneurs
Despite recent media attention, retail crime surges are not a new phenomenon. Historically, organized retail crime tends to rise in times of domestic turbulence. According to US Court statistics, retail theft skyrocketed by 16% around 9/11 and by 30% during the 2008 financial crisis. It would be unsurprising if retail theft rose during the pandemic and its attendant economic hardship.

Captivating news coverage shouldn't dictate public policy, but it appears to be spurring action in our state legislature at the expense of a lesser-known victim: small businesses who make their living or supplement their income by selling products online. Big Retail argues that goods stolen from their stores are then fenced on e-commerce sites, and as such, these corporations are lobbying for new, privacy invading regulations to be imposed on small businesses that sell products online.

Online marketplaces, which support American small businesses to the tune of $145 billion in economic value annually, shouldn't be roped into fighting an in-store, big-box retail problem. But that's exactly what legislation under consideration in Maryland's House will do. Scheduled for a hearing Wednesday, HB 295 would classify small, home-run businesses as "high-volume sellers" based on an arbitrary threshold of just a few hundred sales or $5,000 a year. Based on this classification, these sellers would be required to disclose to the world sensitive information like their home address, email address, and personal phone number, effectively leaving sellers exposed and vulnerable to angry customers, identity thieves, and other bad actors.

The overwhelming majority of small business owners selling on these marketplaces are your neighbors, friends, and family. They are moms, not mobsters, and they shouldn't be collateral damage in Big Retail's ploy to regulate competitors as brick-and-mortar companies struggle to adjust to the e-commerce economy.

This is not just an issue in Maryland. Seller privacy is on the docket in states like Florida, Georgia, Missouri, and Ohio. If these bills are enacted, they will create a tangled web of varying state-by-state regulations sellers will have to spend scarce time and resources navigate.

Legislation like this would disincentivize American entrepreneurs looking to leverage a roughly $768 billion e-commerce economy. We shouldn't have to choose between preserving our privacy and keeping our virtual doors open to the nearly 2.14 billion people worldwide who shop with us. marylandreporter.com

Be on the Lookout: South American Theft Group Operating in Northern Calif.
Not a far reach for them to hit jewelry stores & high end stores

Chilean gangs responsible for dozens of burglaries target Atherton homes, police chief says

The groups hitting affluent communities in the Bay Area are headquartered in Southern California, according to McCulley, where they do similar burglaries to celebrity homes.

In San Diego, a series of high-end burglaries targeting wealthy homeowners in affluent areas of the city were found to be the work of an organized crime ring operating out of Chile, according to a San Diego County Sheriff's Department announcement Jan. 19.

The group - called the South American Theft Group by the sheriff's office - has been well known to law enforcement in the area, and the FBI has a task force dedicated to the crime ring.

According to the San Diego Sheriff's Department, more than 60 burglaries in the county have been tied to the group, with the crimes happening in communities with celebrity homeowners. In the past couple of weeks, San Diego sheriff's officials said nearly $1 million in valuables have been stolen from homes of celebrities in the area.

McCulley said they will arrive in the area in the late afternoon, doing gate checks and doorbell checks before breaking into a house in the early evening or late at night.

"They're in and out in 10 minutes," McCulley said. "They know exactly what they're looking for and where they're going. What these folks are known for is they don't want to encounter anybody, and if they do they're immediately gone. In, out and gone." mercurynews.com

LA Crime & Homelessness Could Disrupt Super Bowl
LA Democrat sounds alarm about homelessness, crime before Super Bowl LVI

LA under pressure as it prepares for massive crowds ahead of Super Bowl LVI

Los Angeles Democrat city councilman Joe Buscaino said Tuesday that the homelessness crisis is a "disaster" as officials try to address the problem in advance of the massive crowds that will arrive for Super Bowl LVI.

"It shouldn't take a Super Bowl to connect people to services and clean our streets. We need leaders that address the homelessness crisis 24/7, 364 days out of the year," the L.A. mayoral candidate told "Fox & Friends."

Buscaino, a former police officer, vowed to take the homelessness issue to the ballot, arguing the problem needs a "FEMA-like response." "We have an emergency situation playing out on our streets, and this ballot measure offers an all-of-the-above approach to addressing it,'' Buscaino said, according to CNS.

"Open drug use, crime, enough is enough. ... People are dying in our streets and half the fires the fire department is responding to are encampment-related," he said, endorsing the recall of liberal Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.

"The message is being sent to the criminal element on the street: do crime and get away with it." foxnews.com

Shopper Facing More Consequences Than Thieves?
Criminals get off scot-free, you're the one who pays
Today, it seems that criminals can get away with anything. They commit heinous crimes and often don't face any penalties for their actions. Meanwhile, you're the one who pays the price. You have to live in a world where you're constantly worried about your safety. An example is the problem of organized retail theft across the country.

Police can't and don't respond, and district attorneys drop charges of the arrested when they do. Other policies enacted to release "non-violent" criminals have proved devastating in communities from California to New York. Bail is either non-existent or so low that criminals are likely back on the street before the officer who arrested them gets off shift, even when arrested for violent crimes. These are just a few factors that have allowed this problem to grow.

As a result, some people commit criminal acts regardless of the consequences. Unfortunately, however, people across the country see the rule of law abandoned by those in all levels of public service. Many people are only law-abiding because they fear punishment.

So when theft goes unpunished, more people see it as acceptable. And when theft is okay, threatening violence against anyone who stands in your way follows. When this behavior goes unpunished, more violence follows.

Anyone who commits a crime deserves to be held accountable and treated justly as our laws require. concealedcarry.com

Wisconsin ORC Bill Update
Organized Thefts Rising At Wisconsin Retail Stores - Lawmakers Try To Take Action
Organized thefts are increasing at Wisconsin's retail stores and state lawmakers are trying to take action to help. De Pere State Senator Andre Jacque wants to reduce the threshold for a Class-One felony theft charge. His bill would cut that from $2,500 to $1,000.

Passage would mean any stolen property valued at more than $1,000 would open the door to a felony charge - and that could mean fines up to $10,000 and 3.5 years in prison. seehafernews.com


COVID Update

540.6M Vaccinations Given

US: 76.8M Cases - 917.6K Dead - 47.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 385.9M Cases - 5.7M Dead - 305.8M Recovered

Former Senior Loss Prevention Executive
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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 344   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 627
*Red indicates change in total deaths

75K More COVID Deaths Over Next 3 Weeks
CDC predicts 75,000 more COVID deaths by Feb. 26 - but boosted Americans 97 times less likely to die
As the U.S. inches up to a 64% vaccination rate for the entire population, only 42% of those eligible for a booster have gotten the extra shot, and experts aren't sure what will move the needle, so to speak.

Fully vaccinated Americans are 14 times less likely to die of COVID-19 than those who haven't gotten the shots. Boosted Americans are 97 times less likely. For every 100,000 people, 9.7 of those who were unvaccinated were killed by the coronavirus, compared to 0.7 of those fully vaccinated and 0.1 of the boosted.

Even though infections from the omicron variant are decreasing across the country, the CDC's national ensemble forecast predicts the U.S. will reach 933,000 to 965,000 COVID deaths by Feb. 26, the higher figure being nearly 75,000 more than the current total.

That's in part because deaths from the coronavirus typically lag infections by about three weeks, and the nation experienced an unprecedented spike in cases in January. usatoday.com

Retail COVID Exposure Lawsuits Failing in the Courts
Businesses Are Not Experiencing the Wave of COVID-19 Exposure Lawsuits Initially Predicted
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, businesses anticipated the possibility of a tidal wave of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from employees, their family members and customers. However, as we approach the two-year mark in the pandemic, we have not seen these lawsuits materialize in the numbers anticipated.

Attempts to avoid the exclusive remedy of workers' compensation through intentional tort exceptions or expansive public nuisance theories have almost universally failed in the courts. Further, while a handful of "take-home" exposure claims by family members and suits by customers or visitors to premises have been filed, they have thus far met mixed success in the courts given the significant challenges associated with proving causation and duty in the face of a ubiquitous and highly contagious virus.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed a vast and diverse body of litigation, retailers and other businesses have not seen the tidal wave of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits that were initially predicted. This is due in large part to states' workers' compensation regimes, which generally bar tort claims by employees for workrelated injuries. Novel arguments raised by plaintiffs over the last two years have largely failed to circumvent that framework.

Furthermore, pleading causation and breach of duty in the context of COVID-19 has proven particularly challenging for many plaintiffs due to the pervasive nature of the virus and experts' evolving understanding of its transmissibility. While the statute of limitations for COVID-19 lawsuits will be two to three years in most jurisdictions, and thus has not yet expired even for those claims arising at the very beginning of the pandemic, a future onslaught of lawsuits seems unlikely given the lack of early success.

With these limitations in mind, the best litigation avoidance strategy for businesses remains compliance with applicable state and federal guidance, even as it evolves and becomes more difficult to enforce in a fatigued population. Businesses should continue taking reasonable measures to protect their employees and customers from exposure to COVID-19, including by adapting protocols as necessary to track the best practices set forth in changing public health guidance. natlawreview.com

Vaccine Mandate Closure
Outrage as DC closes restaurant over vaccine mandate: 'Draconian COVID measures'

Voices on Capitol Hill point out Bowser's inability to address more pressing matters like rising crime, homelessness

The closure of Washington, D.C., bar and restaurant The Big Board due to its disobedience of COVID-19 guidelines has the public up in arms about the city's priorities.

The Big Board in the H Street neighborhood of Washington, D.C., had its liquor license suspended Friday by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration [ABRA] after it was determined it had violated public health guidelines, such as enforcing masks for its employees and checking patrons' vaccine cards.

Republicans on Capitol Hill immediately backed the veteran-owned small business for not discriminating against non-vaccinated customers. D.C. communications alumna Natalie Johnson pointed out how crime is soaring in the nation's capital, yet the mayor is focusing her energy on "stripping small business owners of their livelihoods."

Tablet Magazine CTO Noam Blum replied to Johnson, tweeting "obviously the car jackers are masked so it's nbd." foxnews.com

3,300 Army Soldiers Discharged Over Vax Mandate?
Army to immediately start discharging vaccine refusers
The Army said Wednesday it will immediately begin discharging soldiers who have refused to get the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine, putting more than 3,300 service members at risk of being thrown out soon.

The Army's announcement makes it the final military service to lay out its discharge policy for vaccine refusers. The Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy have already discharged active-duty troops or entry-level personnel at boot camps for refusing the shots. So far, the Army has not discharged any.

According to data released by the Army last week, more than 3,300 soldiers have refused to get the vaccine. The Army has said that more than 3,000 soldiers have been issued official written reprimands, which suggests they are already identified in the disciplinary process, and some of them could be among the first to be discharged.

The Pentagon has ordered all service members - active-duty, National Guard and Reserves - to get the vaccine, saying it is critical to maintaining the health and readiness of the force. COVID-19 cases continue to surge around the country as a result of the omicron variant. yahoo.com

New Zealand announces its plans to fully reopen to the world


PD-Security 'Criminal Syndication'
4 Louisville police officers accused of fraud, working security jobs while on duty, avoid jail time with guilty pleas
Four Louisville Metro Police officers accused of getting paid for working security while on duty and on patrol for LMPD, in 2019, entered guilty pleas Monday in court.

Officers Dontae Booker, Cortez Ernest, Ashley Spratt and Roquina Yocum all pleaded guilty to theft by deception for more than $500. As part of their pleas, the officers will avoid jail time and could have the charges completely dismissed in 12 months. In addition, Ernest will resign from the police department.

The officers worked or were paid for private security work for a company created by fellow officer, Jackie Miller, during their regular patrol shifts. Their indictments allege the "criminal syndication" took place between January and December in 2018.

"They both are excellent officers," Mudd said. "They've done a lot of good work for this community prior to this, and I'm hoping they both keep their jobs and continue serving their community."

A judge dismissed charges of theft and criminal syndication against Officer Michael Abernathy on Nov. 15 of last year, according to court records. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

IFSEC Global: "Why can't we change the face of physical security?"
 - ASIS' Letitia Emeana on diversifying the security culture

IFSEC Global sits down with Letitia Emeana, Global Security Capability Manager at Unilever, and the ASIS International UK Chapter Chair & Board Director. We discuss the dynamism of the physical security sector, why growing your global network as a security professional is so important and diversifying the industry.

IFSEC Global (IG): Letitia, let's kick off with why you joined ASIS in the first place. You now hold the preeminent position of the UK Chapter Chair - what is it about ASIS that means so much to you, and why would you encourage other security professionals to get involved?

Letitia Emeana (LE): ASIS at its core is a global security exchange of peer networking, partnerships and forward-thinking initiatives, and that really still holds true today. When I first joined the industry, my line manager advised me to join an association as soon as I could. At the time, there were a few options in the UK, but ASIS really stood out for me as I wanted to travel and develop a global network, and its truly an international organization. As a young female entering the security industry at the time, it was also very warm and welcoming - an organizational trait that I continue to emphasize today.

I can't stress enough how important it is for a security or risk management professional to develop a network. For me, as I started to move into management roles, I've always felt pressure to be the person who 'has the answer'. We work in a space where people want solutions to threats and problems immediately, and if you don't have the answer, you've got to be able to find the answer quickly.

IG: What's changed since you first entered the industry in terms of physical security and risk management? And what have been your biggest learnings?

LE: Security is so dynamic - everyone has a different set of perspectives and challenges. Because cyber risk has developed so quickly and alarmed executives with the 'unknown', physical security can be undermined a little and take a bit of a 'backseat'. It's important that we don't allow this to happen - we have as much to offer in this domain as the cyber and IT teams.

IG: What do you mean by this exactly? We speak a lot about the 'convergence' of physical and cyber at the converged security centre at IFSEC - is more collaboration required?

LE: Exactly - there needs to be more crossover. Take the insider threat as a prime example. It's often viewed as sitting in the IT world, because of the common techniques involved, but organisations sometimes fail to see the crossover part of this being a 'human' threat as well. To counteract the insider threat, someone can spot changes in behaviour from a risk management perspective, which is where the physical security department's strengths lie. ifsecglobal.com

Verizon Network Engineer: Licking Co. man charged with committing $1M in fraud
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jeremie Adam Elkins, 44, of Newark, Ohio, was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly causing approximately $1 million in fraud while employed as a network engineer at Verizon, Inc.

It is also alleged Elkins illegally possessed a firearm after previously being convicted of a felony crime.

According to the 16-count indictment, from July to October 2020, Elkins used his company-issued credit card to pay for personal expenses like hotels/resorts, restaurants, bars, pawn shops and auction houses. Elkins had been employed as a Network Engineer at Verizon.

Elkins also allegedly used an old Verizon work order number to place multiple fraudulent orders with vendor W.W. Grainger, Inc. Grainger provides tools and equipment for Verizon service vans.

It is alleged Elkins placed 46 unauthorized orders to Grainger and personally picked up the majority of the equipment, which totaled approximately $936,000. He allegedly used the illicit proceeds to purchase two boats and a motorcycle.

Court documents detail the defendant placed an additional 20 unauthorized orders to Grainger, for items totaling nearly $954,000, but never obtained the equipment.

Elkins is alleged to have caused $24,000 in loss to Verizon and more than $936,000 in loss to W.W. Grainger.

Elkins is charged with 10 counts of wire fraud, five counts of access device fraud and one count of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony crime. justice.gov

Capri Holdings Versace division plots nearly 100 stores

Save A Lot names new CEO

Quarterly Results

Capri Holdings Q3 revenue up 24%
   Versace up 29%, Jimmy Choo revenue up 47%, Michael Kors up 20%

Apple Q1 revenue up 11% (New all-time record)

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director of AP job posted for Sportsman's Warehouse in Salt Lake City, UT
The Director of Asset Protection is responsible for developing, managing, and maintaining all aspects of the Loss Prevention and Asset Protection within the Company. They will direct all Loss Prevention and Asset Protection activities for the Retail Stores, Distribution Center, eCommerce, and Corporate Office, responsible for strategy, policy and all related initiatives to protect human, financial and physical assets of the Company. linkedin.com

Director, Asset Protection Video Analytics & Safety job posted for Southeastern Grocers in Jacksonville, FL
The Director, AP Analytics and Safety will be responsible for managing the Remote Video Accident Investigation and evidence retention program to minimize costs associated with customer and associate accidents while supporting the Asset Protection field team in all areas of their responsibility. He/she will also design and implement the strategic initiatives designed to identify and measurably impact intentional shrink drivers in the area of internal, external and vendor theft. corporate-segrocers.icims.com

Director, Corporate Security job posted for Spectrum in Streetsboro, OH
The main purpose of this job is to plan and direct the region security function under the direction of the Sr Dir, Corporate Physical Security. Responsibilities include developing, implementing, and managing the strategic and tactical planning for the region. In addition, the Director will be responsible for developing a proactive, predictive risk environment, identifying significant security risks and developing progressive mitigation strategies. jobs.spectrum.com

Sr Supply Chain Loss Prevention Manager job posted for Ulta Beauty in Bolingbrook, IL & Jacksonville, FL
The Senior Manager Supply Chain Loss Prevention (Sr Mgr. SCLP) leads and directs a team of Supply Chain Loss Prevention Managers (SCLPMs) at the FFCs (Fast Fulfillment Center) and MFCs (Market Fulfillment Center) to coordinate efforts of shrink improvement, lead building safety initiatives and drive asset protection programs for Ulta Beauty's Supply Chain. The Sr SCLPM is responsible for leading network supply chain transformation initiatives and leading investigations of known carrier losses in the Ulta Beauty Supply Chain. careers.ulta.com

Manager, Corporate Physical Security job posted for Spectrum in Milwaukee, WI
This role plans and directs the region's investigative function, physical security training and tabletop exercises under the guidance of the Regional Director of Corporate Security. Accountable for planning, developing and implementing the region's investigative programs and strategies, develope a training schedule and coordinate tabletop exercises. Directs the activities of the investigations to ensure compliance with company policies, legal and regulatory requirements. jobs.spectrum.com

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Tally Releases 2021 Smart Shelf Alerts
Summary Report

Average incident $ amounts for four ORC categories

Longmont, CO - February 1, 2022 -- Tally Retail Solutions released its 2021 Summary Analysis of Store Alerts today.

The Smart Shelf provides retailers an effective proven on shelf inventory monitoring tool and case management platform to combat ORC, customer theft, manage inventory levels, and forecast customer demand based on real-time product movement. Incident reporting results for 2021 continued to prove the Tally Smart Shelf is a strong deterrent to all forms of customer theft especially ORC and provides on shelf availability status alerts.

"We are pleased the Smart Shelf is once again proving to be a more permanent solution to retail theft," said Sean Ryan, Tally's Chief Revenue Officer. He continued," Smart Shelf was tested in the Loss Prevention Research Council Lab at the University of Florida. It received the highest test scores for 'Get It' and 'Fear it'. The LPRC's methods, criteria and insights are proven to help retailers and solution providers create solutions that are a strong deterrent to retail theft. Our retailer categorized incident results for 2021 are further proof that support LPRC's research and conclusions regarding our solution."

Trey Ryan, Tally's Chief Technical Officer, stated,"2021 was a very positive year for Tally. Our solution was selected as top 10 from among nearly 200 innovations. We were scheduled to present our solutions to retailer and CPG executives at both the ECR and FMI conferences. The response so far has been very positive leading to more retailers and CPG's considering the Tally solution to solve their most challenging loss and on shelf availability problems."

This year's data was collected from six separate retail chains that deploy the Tally Smart Shelf in their most challenging stores. The alerts and incident details were categorized and recorded in the Tally Portal. An event description along with the $ value of the recovered merchandise was recorded in three possible theft categories:

1. Deterred Theft - Offender, upon hearing the announcement returned the product to the shelf or abandoned the product in the aisle.

2. Recovered Merchandise - Offender was approached and surrendered the products. Many times, items not protected by the Smart Shelf were also recovered.

3. Shoplifting - Shoplifter or gang members identified with items and amount stolen used to create evidence-based record for local prosecutors.

Four categories of merchandise were included in the 2021 analysis.

1. Laundry Detergent
2. Energy Drinks
3. Baby Formula
4. Hair Care

Tally Smart Shelf 2021 Summary Results

Average $ amount recovered
per incident:


% Incidents per category where offender was deterred and/or merchandise was recovered:


For a more detailed discussion about these and other findings and to arrange a demonstration please contact Sean Ryan at 954-422-2222 or email at sean.ryan@tally.solutions






Cybersecurity Staffing Shortages Causing More Breaches & Data Theft
The Real-World Impact of the Global Cybersecurity Workforce Gap on Cyber Defenders

The effect is nuanced - and fundamental to cyber defense for organizations and nations.

The demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to outpace available supply. Although more than 700,000 professionals joined the field in 2021, the cybersecurity workforce gap stands at 2.72 million worldwide, according to the (ISC) 2021 Cybersecurity Workforce Study.

Cybersecurity staffing shortages have real-life consequences, including more breaches and data theft. However, the real impact is more nuanced - and more fundamental to cyber defense for organizations and nations. To more fully understand the impact of staffing shortages on practicing cybersecurity professionals and their organizations, we expanded our research.

Breaking Down the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap

According to the (ISC) study, 67% of cybersecurity professionals report a cybersecurity workforce shortage at their organization, which translates to increased cyber risk. Sixty percent of these professionals believe their organization is at extreme or moderate risk of a cyberattack. Certainly, every organization has some degree of risk, but risk is amplified in organizations with inadequately staffed teams that may not have the tools or resources to protect the organization.

Impact of the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap on Cybersecurity Professionals

The study confirmed that there are tangible negative consequences when cybersecurity staff is stretched thin. When asked what issues could have been prevented if their organizations hadn't been short-staffed, cybersecurity professionals' top responses were:

Misconfigured systems (32%)
Not enough time for risk assessment and management (30%)
Slow to patch critical systems (29%)
Oversights in process and procedure (28%)
Rushed deployments (27%)

Addressing the Gap at Your Organization: People and Technology

To reverse their organization's workforce shortage, leaders must prioritize people over technology by working with their cybersecurity teams to identify workforce needs; invest in hiring more individuals and compensating them well; implement technology that matches the organization's needs; and train cybersecurity staff on how to use those tools. According to the Cybersecurity Workforce Study, the top people investments organizations plan to make in the next year focus on training (36%), flexible working conditions (33%), certifications (31%), and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (29%). darkreading.com

FBI ID Theft Warning
Scammers are posting fake job ads on networking sites to steal your money and identity

Recruitment scammers now post fraudulent job ads from legitimate accounts of known companies on employment-focussed social networking sites.

AdvertisementThe FBI's Internet Crime Center (IC3) is warning that scammers are exploiting verification weaknesses in job-focused networking sites to post legitimate looking ads, capture personal information and steal money from job seekers.

Scammers "continue to exploit security weaknesses on job recruitment websites to post fraudulent job postings in order to trick applicants into providing personal information or money," the FBI warns in a new public service announcement.

The bogus ads threaten to damage the impersonated firm's reputation and financial loss for the job seeker. According to IC3's complaint reports, the average reported loss from this scheme since early 2019 has been $3,000 per victim.

"The lack of strong security verification standards on one recruitment website allowed anyone to post a job on the site, including on official company pages," the FBI notes.

"Those postings would appear alongside legitimate jobs posted by the business, making it difficult for applicants and the spoofed company to discern which job posting was real and which one was fraudulent." zdnet.com

Hundreds of Thousands of Sites Vulnerable to Attack?
Tens of Thousands of Websites Vulnerable to RCE Flaw in WordPress Plug-in

Now-patched issue in Essential Addons for Elementor gives attackers a way to carry out local file inclusion attacks, researchers say.

Potentially tens - and even hundreds - of thousands of websites powered by WordPress are vulnerable to attack via a remote code execution (RCE) bug in a widely used plug-in called Essential Addons for Elementor.

The plug-in has over 1 million installations worldwide and is designed to let website owners add a variety of customizations to pages that were built using the Elementor page builder for WordPress.

In a blog post, PatchStack said the vulnerability gives any user - regardless of their authentication or authorization status - a way to perform a so-called local file inclusion attack on a site with a vulnerable version of the Elementor plug-in. The vulnerability can be exploited to include local files - such as one with malicious PHP code - on the file system of the website that can then be remotely executed.

According to PatchStack, the vulnerability has to do with the way in which the plug-in handles user input data when certain functions are called. Because of this, the vulnerability manifests only if widgets that utilize these functions are used. darkreading.com

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In-Store Cash is Fueling Pot Shop Robberies
Robbery spike at WA pot shops has owners on 'high alert'
Over the last month or so, according to the state Liquor and Cannabis Board, the Washington Cannabusiness Association and law enforcement officials throughout the Puget Sound region, it's armed robberies are playing out with alarming regularity.

According to Cannabusiness Association spokesperson Aaron Pickus, a running tally among member businesses puts the number of robberies since mid-December at roughly 30. Many of them have been armed robberies, he said.

While law enforcement agencies from Whatcom County to Tumwater aren't keeping a regional tally of pot shop robberies - and the state Liquor and Cannabis Board had not been provided with the Cannabusiness Association's list, according to LCB spokesperson Brian Smith - most told The News Tribune over the last week that the spike appears real.

"It certainly is a concern of ours," said King County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Tim Meyer, who's department's major crimes unit is currently investigating several recent armed robberies at licensed cannabis retailers. "Anecdotally, I would say yes, I think we're seeing an increase."

The common denominator, according to Meyer and many industry professionals and law enforcement officials interviewed by The News Tribune: cash - and plenty of it. Therein lies the problem.

Almost a decade after Washington voters legalized the sale and use of recreational marijuana, Congress's inability to pass legislation that would normalize banking for cannabis businesses and allow them to accept traditional credit card payment - formally known as the SAFE Banking Act - has effectively put a target on their backs. Overwhelmingly, retail pot is a cash business.

"Certainly, word is on the street that these dispensaries hold a fair bit of cash, and in some cases folks are willing to risk their freedom to get it," Meyer said. "It is a concern of ours, and we really are hopeful that there's going to be a systemic change that's going to let us get in there and fix that."

"We've got to get the cash out of the business," he added. theolympian.com

Key Security Tips for Cannabis Businesses
Preventing Negligent Security on Your Property
Negligent security can occur at any business and can cause serious risk to the safety and security of customers, employees, and other individuals on the property (Editor's Note: This is particularly true of cannabis shops, which are awash in cash and make them top targets for criminals). Should a criminal incident occur on the property, the ownership and management of the property could be held liable for not ensuring sufficient security to prevent the criminal act from occurring. Additionally, businesses can be sued for unsafe conditions that could cause injury or harm to individuals on the property.

Risks of Negligent Security

Failure to provide adequate security, commonly referred to as negligent security, can cause significant damages to the business. If a business is unable to protect its employees, guests, and/or the general public from a probable or foreseeable risk while on the business property, that business may sued for negligent security. It is the legal duty of the business ownership and management to ensure that the property is sufficiently protected from safety and security risks. This includes ensuring the premises is generally safe from environmental dangers, securing the business from risks such as armed robbery, and putting measures in place to control and monitor common areas, such as parking lots, if possible.

Preventing Negligent Security

Businesses have a duty of care to prevent foreseeable risks on their properties. Foreseeable risks can be determined by examining the area in close proximity of the business to understand the types of crimes and other incidents that occur in the area. Business ownership and management should evaluate the area's frequently occurring crimes for the previous five years to determine which incidents could also occur at the business property. When conducting this research phase, businesses should assess history of: property crimes, civil unrest, robberies/burglaries, gang related incidents, or other violent crimes.

Business owners and management should ensure that they implement sufficient physical security measures to protect the property. This may include a security surveillance system, alarm system, and/or access control system to monitor and control the premises as well as the ingress and egress of all individuals. Other common physical security measures include the installation of perimeter fencing, contracting security guards, and utilizing high-security doors. Not all businesses will need to utilize identical physical security measures to meet the same security standards. As well as differing security needs for distinct business types, each property will have its own unique security challenges requiring individual solutions.  sapphirerisk.com

Cannabis Security Guard Lawsuit
Marijuana security guards end overtime dispute after 5-year battle
A five-year lawsuit about overtime pay has ended after security guards for Colorado-based marijuana security company Helix TCS agreed to drop the action. The case was closely watched in the industry because of the broad implications it could have had on how state-legal marijuana businesses compensate employees.

According to Law360, Helix and a representative for the guards "said in a joint stipulation they would end the suit with prejudice." It was unknown whether the parties reached a settlement over the alleged overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Security guards who worked for Helix starting in September 2014 joined the suit. Robert Kenney, the guards' representative, alleged in the suit that he and fellow Helix security guards regularly worked more than 40 hours a week for a 14-month span in 2016 and 2017 without receiving paid overtime in violation of the FLSA.

Helix argued Kenney did not need to receive overtime pay under the FLSA because working for the marijuana industry was illegal. That argument was rejected, and Helix's appeal then attempted to escalate the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear it. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

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Union Ballots Going out to Amazon Workers
Amazon Workers at Alabama Facility Poised to Vote a Second Time on Union Bid

National Labor Relations Board to start sending ballots Friday as company intends to provide employees information on potential impact of unionization

Amazon.com Inc. workers at a company warehouse in Alabama are set to begin voting for the second time in a year on whether to unionize.

The National Labor Relations Board on Friday will start to send ballots to roughly 6,100 workers at the facility in Bessemer, Ala. In recent weeks, organizers and managers at the facility have clashed over election procedures and company policies. The ballots must reach the NLRB regional office by March 25.

Last year about 71% of Amazon workers who voted decided against unionization, an overwhelming victory for the company. The NLRB found that Amazon violated labor law during the vote and late last year ordered a new election.

Amazon has said that it didn't violate labor law and that it has worked hard to listen to its employees and offer "great pay and benefits in a safe and inclusive workplace." The company said in a statement this week that it recognizes the right of employees to vote to join a union and aims to provide information to workers on the potential impact of unionization. In the past, Amazon has told workers that such a step is unnecessary.

As the second vote nears, organizers say the primary difference this time is the high vaccination rate among the U.S. public, which they said has made it easier to meet with workers. During the previous election, the union communicated largely through mail brochures and phone calls.

Amazon has said it opposes unions because it prefers to negotiate with workers directly. The company has held meetings at the Bessemer center to discourage workers from unionizing. Since the last election Amazon has raised wages and introduced bonuses of up to $3,000. Amazon's starting wage averages $18 an hour, and the company recently said it eased some of its requirements for the pace at which workers must sort or prepare packages. wsj.com

DOJ Crackdown on Selling Counterfeit Masks Online
Senate Democrats call for DOJ crackdown on counterfeit masks
Senate Democrats are calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to crack down on the sale of counterfeit masks following reports that the faulty ones have been in circulation across the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.

Democratic Sens. Ed Markey (Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and the DOJ, requesting an investigation into the reports and for them to act to deter the fake masks from being sold.

In the letter, the senators point to claims that "retailers where many consumers go to purchase high-quality masks sell counterfeit and fraudulent products; this is especially true of online marketplaces where consumers cannot physically inspect and verify product quality."

They also asked that the department's COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force do more to ensure that the masks do not make it into the mainstream market.

"We urge the DOJ to redouble its efforts to ensure that consumers are not vulnerable to fraudulent masks sold through brick-and-mortar and online retail settings. Americans trying to protect themselves, their families, and their communities should not face potentially life-threatening exploitation by unscrupulous actors," the senators wrote.

"During this critical time, American consumers need assurances that the products they purchase to protect themselves and their loved ones are safe, effective, and legitimate." thehill.com

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The Senior Director of Global Safety & Security (GSS) Strategy & Plans reports to the Vice President of GSS and is a strategic senior leader on the GSS Leadership Team; responsible for critical, life-safety and business enablement imperatives. The position will help enable the company's business objectives around the world and will help shape the growth and development across all teams of the GSS organization. roku.com

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Amazon Employee Theft/Selling Scheme
Charlotte, NC: Amazon warehouse manager faces up to 20 years in prison after stealing $273,000 worth of computer parts & selling to wholesaler

For more than a year, the man stole computer parts and sold them to a wholesaler

A former Amazon employee has pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud related to a scheme involving the sale of stolen computer parts worth $273,000.

Douglas Wright, 27, admitted to stealing high-value components including internal hard drives, processors, and GPUs when he was an operations manager at an Amazon warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, the US Department of Justice announced Friday.

According to plea documents and today's hearing, from June 2020 to September 2021, Wright executed a scheme to defraud Amazon by stealing merchandise worth over $273,000 from the company's warehouse. Over the course of the scheme, Wright was employed as an Operation's Manager at Amazon's warehouse in Charlotte. Court records show that Wright misused his access to the company's computers to target certain merchandise, particularly computer parts such as internal hard drives, processors, and graphic processing units, and shipped those items from the warehouse to his home address. As Wright admitted in court today, he then sold the stolen merchandise for profit to a computer wholesale company in California.

The penalties for mail fraud include a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The Justice Department is no stranger to mail-fraud investigations involving Amazon. In December, prosecutors said a Virginia man pleaded guilty to a scheme in which he claimed refunds on goods worth $300,000 and sending back similar items of significantly lesser value.

And in October, another North Carolina man pleaded guilty to engaging in more than 300 fraudulent transactions with Amazon over four years, causing losses to the company worth over $290,000. businessinsider.com  justice.gov

Ontario, CN: Man charged in connection with theft of merchandise worth $100K
York Regional Police say a 57-year-old man has been charged in connection with the theft of merchandise worth around $100,000. In a media release issued Tuesday, police said that officers responded to six commercial break and enters at clothing stores in York Region and Toronto in December where "high-end clothing and accessories" were stolen. Police said the items included purses and sunglasses. Last Friday, one suspect was arrested, the statement said. Search warrants were executed on the suspect's residence, his vehicle, and a storage locker. "A number of stolen items were recovered, including clothing and fashion accessories, worth approximately $100,000," police said. "Officers were also able to link the accused to several other break and enters in Vaughan and the City of Toronto." globalnews.ca

Eden, NC: 2 FedEx workers accused of trading packages for drugs
Police in Eden said they arrested six people involved in a theft ring where FedEx employees were trading packages for drugs. Police said they identified two FedEx employees and found multiple packages at five different addresses. In all, investigators said they recovered more than $10,000 worth of stolen merchandise. All six suspects are facing felonies, ranging from drug possession to theft by an employee. The suspects appear in Rockingham County District Court in February. Their charges range from the following: Accessing computers to defraud, Larceny by employee, Conspiracy to commit larceny by employee, Receiving stolen property, Possession of a schedule II controlled substance, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Animal Cruelty, Possession of a schedule I controlled substance. wfmynews2.com

Greenville, SC: Police searching for persons of interest following $5000 Victoria's Secret shoplifting incident
The Greenville Police Department is searching for four persons of interest in a shoplifting incident at Haywood Mall. According to the police department, on Jan. 25 at Victoria's Secret four women together are suspected of taking approximately $5000 worth of women's clothing. Anyone with information on their identity is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (864) 232-7463. wspa.com

Great Falls, MT: Man charged with assaulting police officer after attempted Walmart theft
Chase Christopher Dolan is facing several criminal charges after he allegedly tried to steal hundreds of dollars of merchandise from a Great Falls store, and then assaulted a police officer. Court documents state that on Sunday, January 30, 2022, police were called to Walmart after a man - later identified as Dolan - tried to walk out of the store without paying for a cart containing items valued at $861.67. Dolan abandoned the cart and ran toward the nearby Cripple Creek Casino. Police followed him inside and ordered him to stop; he ran outside and climbed on to a picnic table. An officer put Dolan in a "body lock," and Dolan began punching the officer in the torso. A bystander jumped in to help the officer take Dolan to the ground. Court documents say that Dolan continued struggling even after being handcuffed, trying to roll over while kicking his legs, until he was placed into a patrol vehicle. While in the vehicle, Dolan complained that the handcuffs were too tight; the officer removed Dolan from the vehicle so that he could adjust the handcuffs. At that point, Dolan escaped and began running; he ran about 100 yards and then tripped and fell down. Once again, Dolan resisted arrest, and other patrol officers had to assist in securing him. Dolan, 40 years old, has been charged with felony assault on a peace officer and felony escape, and the following misdemeanors: theft, obstructing a peace officer, and resisting arrest. kbzk.com

Ohio man sentenced for wire fraud
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Kenneth Werkau, of Clarington, Ohio, was sentenced today to three years of probation for wire fraud.

Werkau, 64, pleaded guilty in August 2021 to one count of "Wire Fraud." Werkau was employed as an associate at Walmart in Moundsville. Beginning in September 2019 and ending in January 2020, Werkau stole $123,775 in gift cards and activating them without paying for them. Werkau was ordered to pay $123,775 in restitution. justice.gov

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Shootings & Deaths

Pawtucket, RI: Suspect in deadly Liquor Store stabbing held without bail
According to Pawtucket City Councilwoman Melissa DeRosa, the incident stemmed from a fight near Star Wine Liquors on West Avenue. The store's owner told 12 News he heard a commotion and went outside to find two men hovering over Reyes. The men ran off and the owner went back inside to call 911, he said, but when he returned, the victim was gone too. The owner said he found Reyes around the corner and helped him as much as he could until an ambulance arrived, but later learned he succumbed to his injuries. Pawtucket police said they arrested Alvarado after he returned to the scene. During an interview with detectives, Alvarado gave a confession, according to police, and said the fight stemmed from a feud between his girlfriend and Reyes' girlfriend. wpri.com

Brooklyn, NY: Update: Three Teens Charged In Connection With Kings Plaza Mall Shooting That Left 2 Hurt
Three teens have been arrested and charged in connection to a shooting at the Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Brooklyn on Monday that left two other teenagers injured, according to police. Timothy Briggs, Jaheim Covington and Omarion Harvey were arrested soon after the bullets started flying at a shoe store inside the shopping center around midday, police said.

Two teenagers, 14 and 16, suffered leg injuries following the shooting, police officials said. Based on their initial investigation, police believe the shooting was the result of a verbal argument that broke out in the store. The two victims were part of a group of six already in the store when a trio, that included the shooter, walked inside. A dispute erupted between the two groups and the 19-year-old gunman pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the other group, police said. A picture from inside the store showed where bullets shattered a mirror, and outside at least two of the more than 10 bullets fired pierced the wall - making it onto the concourse where unsuspecting mallgoers were walking by.

Briggs, Covington and Harvey were arrested a few blocks away by patrolling officers who were able to match witness descriptions to those of the shooter and his companions. Two guns were also recovered. Briggs and Covington are 19 years old, while Harvey is 18. nbcnewyork.com

Crum Lynne, PA: Man held in Crum Lynne smoke shop shooting
A Chester man was held on all charges Monday in the Dec. 17 shooting death of a Crum Lynne smoke shop clerk. Shawn Williams, 39, of the Sun Village section of the city, is accused of walking into the Empire Smoke and Phone Store at 1418 Chester Pike in the Crum Lynne section of the township, firing several times at Sameer Abdullah, then fleeing the location. He is charged with first- and third-degree murder, as well as firearms offenses. delcotimes.com

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Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Fresno, CA: A broken wrist for her trouble: Store owner injured by violent shoplifter
In a decade of running a popular game store in northeast Fresno, Jennifer Ward says she has seen her share of break-ins, thefts, and shoplifters. But she's dealing with an NFL-type injury this week after a violent incident involving a crook who broke her left wrist in several places. It happened Sunday night in the store at First Street and Nees Avenue about closing time. Ward says she didn't see how it started, but it appeared two store workers tried to stop a man who was leaving with merchandise. The man said he had a knife. Ward says the store has a rule that nothing is worth a life, so she was calling 911 when the man "bull-rushed" her, knocking her into a concrete planter outside the store. Ward says her wrist is broken in several places after the incident. "I'll be in a cast at least a month," she said. "I also have a cut on my chin." Crazy Squirrel is a popular store for gamers, and it has been the target of burglaries, including one that took place about 10 years ago when someone took thousands of dollars worth of magic cards. On another occasion, someone used a pickax to damage the building in a break-in. fresnobee.com

Woonsocket, RI: woman accused of assaulting Stop & Shop worker over $156 in stolen meat
35-year-old Woonsocket woman was arrested this month after reportedly assaulting a supermarket employee who confronted her over a bag of stolen meat. Amy Dauphinais was charged with shoplifting, simple assault and disorderly conduct following the incident on Wednesday, Jan. 5. According to the arrest report, a Stop & Shop Loss Prevention employee told police that he observed Dauphinais selecting large amounts of ground beef and putting it into a reusable bag in her shopping cart. The store manager told officers that when he confronted Dauphinais, she swung a bag of meat at him, hitting him on the right side. He said Dauphinais threatened to punch him in the face multiple times, and that when he took out his phone to call the police, she tried to grab it, leaving a scratch on his hand. The meats should have cost a total of $156.92, according to the report. Dauphinais told police that she did not shoplift, and that she only hit the employee because he pushed her. It is not her first run-in with North Smithfield police. In September, she was charged with three counts of shoplifting, obstructing an officer and felony conspiracy. nrinow.news

Pittsburgh, PA: Woman Sentenced for Role in Access Device Fraud Conspiracy
A resident of Pittsburgh has been sentenced in federal court to two months in prison and two years of supervised release on her conviction of access device fraud, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today. United States District Judge J. Nicolas Ranjan imposed the sentence on Samiat Akinyemi, 26, of Pittsburgh, Pa. According to information presented to the court, Akinyemi was part of a conspiracy that involved using stolen identity information to induce financial institutions to issue credit and debit cards on victim customers' accounts. She used one of these fraudulently obtained cards to purchase approximately $9,000 worth of store gift cards and other items from Macy's and Nordstrom Rack. justice.gov

Las Vegas Bartender who says he was Forced to Pay Back $4000 after Armed Robbery now suing
A bartender robbed at gunpoint who said he was forced to pay back the thousands of dollars stolen filed a lawsuit Tuesday against his former employer. Video of the incident obtained by the 8 News Now I-Team shows an armed man coming into The Lodge Hualapai on the morning of Dec. 4, 2020. Edward Parker, 42, was working at the bar when the robber demanded money. Parker, holding his hands in the air, gives the armed man money from the register and cash sitting on the bar, the video showed. The business is on Hualapai Way near Desert Inn Road in Summerlin. "It's December 2020. We're in the middle of COVID," Parker said. "People are fighting for jobs left and right. I suppose I let the idea of having a steady job with steady income cloud my judgment." Hours after handing over $3,900, Parker said management at The Lodge told him he had to pay the money back, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. "I wasn't thinking right," Parker said. "I just had a gun shoved in my face and I signed the document." The signed contract said $300 would come out of Parker's paycheck until the full amount, $3,937.35, was paid off. "What's the time between when you were robbed and when you signed that document?" the I-Team's David Charns asked Parker. "Three-to-4 hours, tops," he said. Parker is now living out of state. His attorneys, Sam Mirejovsky and Amanda Brookhyser said The Lodge coerced Parker to sign the contract and work under unfair conditions after having been the victim of a crime. "It's a demand for repayment, for money that was taken from him," Mirejovsky said. "It's the most outrageous thing I've ever seen and it's not right." 8newsnow.com

Tulsa, OK: Man Arrested, Accused Of Stealing Dinosaur Statue From Route 66 Souvenir Store
Police have arrested a man accused of stealing a large dinosaur statue from a Route 66 souvenir shop in December. According to Tulsa police, Bob Morton was arrested on Monday after a search by the Tulsa Police Downtown IMPACT Team. Police say Morton was caught on camera stealing a Deinonychus statue from out front of Decopolis on 11th Street near Peoria. According to police, Morton was also caught on video vandalizing and stealing several copper plaques belonging to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists near 15th and South Boulder. Adding to the list, Morton was also caught stealing copper tubing from air conditioner units at a Church near 9th and South Boulder. news9.com

Washington, D.C.: Man Pleads Guilty to Charges in Armed Robbery of Liquor Store and 4 others in 3 Day Period




C-Store - Barton, AL - Robbery
C-Store - Sioux Falls, SD - Robbery
Gas Station - Exton, PA - Robbery
Gaming - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Grocery - Omaha, NE - Robbery
Grocery - Denton, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Webster, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Milford, CT - Robbery
Liquor - Pawtucket, RI - Armed Robbery
Motorcycle - Seekonk, RI - Burglary
Thrift - Roseville, MN - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Silver Springs, MD - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Richmond, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Downers Grove, IL - Armed Robbery


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• 13 robberies
• 1 burglary
• 0 shooting
• 0 killed

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