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Everon Announces 4th & 5th Acquisition

Everon Acquires Regional Banking Security Integrator, Customized Service Concepts, LLC

Acquisition is the organization's fourth acquisition, expands service capabilities for ATMs and banking institutions across the New England region

Boca Raton, Fla., Feb. 6, 2024 - Everon, also known as ADT Commercial ("ADT Commercial" or the "Company"), a leading security integrator and premier provider of commercial security, fire and life safety in the U.S., announced today the purchase of Customized Service Concepts, LLC (CSC), with locations in New Hampshire and Connecticut. This is the fourth acquisition that Everon has completed since emerging as a standalone organization in October 2023, and its third completed in Q1 2024. With the purchase of CSC, Everon is focused on enhancing its service capabilities for banking and financial institutions in the New England area and across the Northeast.

"Welcoming the CSC team to our organization proves we're delivering on our promise to serve our customers more holistically across markets and particularly in the banking security industry," said Dan Bresingham, Chief Executive Officer. "With CSC's decades-long experience, particularly in the banking and financial sector, we're adding critical expertise to our organization and enhancing the quality and depth of service we can provide across the New England area."

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Everon Acquires Michigan-Based Riverside Integrated Systems, Inc.

Acquisition marks the fifth acquisition for the growing integrator, expands fire and life safety service capabilities in the Midwest region

Boca Raton, Fla., Feb. 7, 2024 - Everon, also known as ADT Commercial ("ADT Commercial" or the "Company"), a leading security integrator and premier provider of commercial security, fire and life safety in the U.S., announced today the purchase of Riverside Integrated Systems, Inc. based out of Grand Rapids, MI. This is the fifth acquisition that Everon has completed since emerging as a standalone organization in October 2023, and its fourth this year. With the purchase of Riverside Integrated Systems, Inc., Everon continues to deliver on its promise for geographic and service coverage expansion across the U.S.

"This is an exciting time for Everon, and we're proud to welcome Riverside Integrated Systems' talented team and leadership to our rising organization," said Dan Bresingham, Chief Executive Officer. "Joining forces with Riverside - with their extensive history of expertise in the fire and life safety business - greatly extends our service capabilities across the region and helps us to deliver as a single-source provider for our customers."

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Migrant Crisis Fueling Retail Crime & Violence

Migrants Fueling Retail Crime in Big Cities
'Ghost Criminals': NYC migrant allegedly ran sophisticated robbery crew
Police are hunting for the leader of
a group of migrant "ghost criminals" who have allegedly robbed more than 60 people in New York City over the past few months, authorities said. Victor Parra, 30, who came to New York from Venezuela last year, is the alleged leader of the robbery crew that used mopeds to snatch phones and wallets from over 60 victims citywide, police said.

The phones would then be sent to Parra, where he
paid a tech guy to hack the phones, clear out the victims' bank accounts, and make fraudulent purchases, police said. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been stolen from the victims. The phones would then be sent to Columbia, police said.

The scooter operators made $100 a day and the phone snatchers were paid between $300-$600 per phone, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny.

These perpetrators are part of a sophisticated criminal enterprise made up of immigrants who have recently arrived in the United States," Kenny said at a press briefing Monday. "This network of thieves predominantly lives in the migrant shelter system."

Investigators have had
difficulty tracking some of the suspects because there are no photos, social media presence, or even names, in some cases, according to NYPD Commissioner Eddie Caban. Most of the suspects don't know each other.

They're essentially ghost criminals," Caban said. pix11.com

Migrant Attack on NYPD Officers Sparks Backlash Against Prosecutors
Brawl between migrants and police in NY's Times Square touches off backlash
A video showing a group of migrants brawling with police in Times Square has
touched off a political furor and renewed debate over a long-standing New York City policy that limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities.

The surveillance footage, recorded Jan. 27 outside a Manhattan homeless shelter, shows several men kicking officers on a sidewalk and trying to pry them off a man police had taken to the ground.
Police have arrested seven people in connection with the attack, though prosecutors dropped charges against one person they say may not have been involved.

Nobody was seriously hurt, but the video of officers being pummeled has prompted waves of public outrage. Some of that
fury has been directed at prosecutors and the court system after several of those arrested were freed from jail while awaiting trial. apnews.com

   Scooter-riding migrants drag woman down street & into pole in 'wave of migrant crime'

Calif. Governor Sends 120 Officers to Oakland Amid 'Alarming' Crime Surge
'900% increase in state law enforcement personnel'

Newsom sending 120 California Highway Patrol officers to Oakland to crack down on 'alarming' crime surge

Newsom says Oakland crime surge 'unacceptable,' residents 'deserve' sense of safety

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced he is
deploying over 100 California Highway Patrol officers to Oakland and the surrounding area plagued by a surging crime wave that has prompted some businesses to close or hire security guards to protect workers.

The law enforcement
surge operation will send 120 officers to Oakland and the East Bay to work on a targeted crackdown on criminal activity, including vehicle theft, retail theft and violent crime, Newsom's office said in a news release.

"As crime rates across California decrease - including right across the Bay in San Francisco -
Oakland is seeing the opposite trend," Newsom said in the release. "What's happening in this beautiful city and surrounding area is alarming and unacceptable. I'm sending the California Highway Patrol to assist local efforts to restore a sense of safety that the hardworking people of Oakland and the East Bay demand and deserve."

The effort marks a
900% increase in state law enforcement personnel in those areas, according to the governor's office.

Crime in Oakland is rising at a disproportionate rate compared to other urban centers in California, officials said, noting increases in violent crime, robbery and vehicle theft by 21%, 38% and 45%, respectively, in 2023.

The rampant crime
prompted Oakland's only In-N-Out and Denny's restaurants to close after years of providing food for the city's residents. foxnews.com

Mixed Reaction to Newsom's Plan
Will CHP deployment into Oakland lead to a drop in crime?

Some 120 officers are expected to target vehicle theft, retail theft and violent crime

Gov. Newsom promised that the swell of CHP officers - who began their deployment Tuesday - will work with local agencies to tackle a broad range of criminal activity, including vehicle theft, retail theft, cargo theft and violent crime. The boost
will include "specialized units" as well as "advanced investigative technology," though the governor's statement offered few details as to what those measures might entail.

The influx represents a
nine-fold increase in the number of CHP personnel in Oakland and Alameda County and comes amid stubbornly high crime rates in Oakland and a wave of business closings often attributed to robberies and car-break-ins. Unlike other major cities, Oakland's precipitous rise in crime since 2020 still has yet to recede to pre-pandemic levels.

It also arrives in a
region long suspicious of law enforcement after a host of policing scandals and violent encounters - among them the June 2020 killing of Erik Salgado by CHP officers.

Community violence prevention nonprofits and
police accountability groups voiced distrust of a plan to thrust so many new officers into a region in so little time. Ricardo Garcia-Acosta, director of Community Peace at the violence prevention nonprofit CURYJ, questioned why he had only heard of the surge from media reports - saying "we as a community-based provider are in the dark." mercurynews.com

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Another Theft Task Force Making Progress in a ORC Hot Spot
Portland, OR: Multnomah County DA says theft task forces are working to catch worst offenders
Local law enforcement agencies say a
targeted effort to combat organized retail theft and auto theft in Multnomah County is working. On Monday, county and law enforcement leaders met at the Multnomah County Courthouse to highlight accomplishments which they attributed to their Auto Theft and Organized Retail Theft Task Forces.

"Today we can say that
those investments have paid off," said Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt. The DA's office launched the task forces in May 2023 with the goal of targeting the most prolific offenders in retail and auto theft.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's office noted several accomplishments they attributed to their task forces:

Retail theft

Case issuance rates for theft are at 77% - a seven-year high.

The Task Force has trained over 375 retail employees.

The Task Force has indicted 10 high-profile cases, representing $164,143 in retail theft and $125,038 in organized retail theft.

2023 retail theft missions led by PPB have resulted in more than: 300 arrests, 144 felony charges, and 238 misdemeanor charges
. kgw.com

   RELATED: Portland struggles with increasing retail thefts

Violent, property crime in Las Cruces goes down slightly in 2023
Despite more calls for service when compared to 2022, crime declined in 2023 according to the Las Cruces Police Department. According to the statistics, there was a 4 percent decrease in total violent and property crime from 2022 to 2023 compared to a 23 percent increase in the same crimes from 2021 to 2022 lcsun-news.com

Gainesville crime data for 2023 shows uptick in violent and property crimes

Salt Lake City property crime has dropped since 2019, Tribune analysis shows

Super Bowl Security Impact

Surge of Security Resources Swarms Las Vegas Ahead of Big Game
Downtown Las Vegas intensifies security for Super Bowl festivities
Along with the excitement comes a serious job.
K9 teams with Protective Force International working to keep the pedestrian mall safe. "We're a very specialized unit that augments existing security," says CEO and Chief of Security Jonathan Alvarez.

From now through Super Bowl Sunday, he says it's all hands on deck. "During F1 it was condensed to
the Strip, so all our resources were condensed there," explains Alvarez. "Now with the Super Bowl, everyone is celebrating so our teams are spread out throughout the whole valley."

Along with Protective Force,
a new substation on Fremont Street houses both Metro Police and City Marshals. With downtown planning three full nights of free concerts leading up to the Super Bowl, security will be tight.

We are so prepared. We have been waiting for this for years," says Andrew Simon, President, and CEO of Fremont Street Experience. "It (the Super Bowl) is probably going to be the first of many (in Las Vegas). After we do one, they're going to want to come back."

Protective Force International will be on so many properties, Alvarez is hiring. "
We're looking for military and ex-law enforcement professionals. National guardsmen, reservists," he says. news3lv.com

4,500 Super Bowl Counterfeits Worth $1M Already Seized
Super Bowl Safety: Law enforcement cracking down on human trafficking, counterfeit merchandise
With Super Bowl festivities this week and the big game Sunday, security is tight. There are layers of security. This week there are a number of
local, state, and federal agencies working together to keep everyone safe.

At a joint news conference Monday, law enforcement shared they now have resources in place
looking for human trafficking and its victims. One strategy to deter this type of crime is a large police presence, not only at the Super Bowl events, but also at places like the airport.

Agencies are also honing in on counterfeit merchandise sales. "Last year alone, we seized
just under $23 million in counterfeit sports merchandise," Davies revealed.

Hundreds of thousands of people will be in Vegas this week ahead of the big game and they are all a target of
people trying to sell illegal fan apparel and goods, even Super Bowl rings and Lombardi trophies.

Just this past weekend, more than
4,500 counterfeit items worth just under $1 million were already seized. This operation will continue through Super Bowl weekend and into the week after. Homeland Security also explained the negative impacts these sales can have on all parties involved.  fox5vegas.com

DHS Watching for Super Bowl Fakes Too
Homeland Security closely watching for Super Bowl counterfeit merchandise
The US Department of Homeland Security is ramping up its presence in Las Vegas ahead of the Super Bowl. This includes
cracking down on counterfeit merchandise.

Every year, Homeland Security investigators come across bogus merchandise during the Super Bowl. Many buyers are unaware they're purchasing
counterfeit jerseys, hats or even rings. Investigators typically find the merchandise at flea markets or with street vendors. wnyt.com

WATCH: Las Vegas prepares for Super Bowl with beefed up security

LVMPD plans 'tunnel sweeps' of homeless people as part of Super Bowl security


$4.4M Sexual Assault Case Against McDonald's
The case prompted a strike by McDonald's workers in 12 cities

McDonald's franchisee agrees to pay $4.4M after manager sexually assaulted teen
A franchisee of fast food giant McDonald's has agreed to pay a teenage girl $4.4 million to settle her lawsuit over
having been sexually assaulted by a Pittsburgh-area restaurant manager who was a registered sex offender, the victim's lawyers announced on Monday.

The deal between the girl, who was 14 at the time of the 2021 sexual assault, and McDonald's franchisee Rice Enterprises LLC, compensates her for the attack by Walter A. Garner
in the restaurant bathroom. At the time, Garner, now 44, had served prison time and was listed on the Megan's Law website for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

lawsuit helped prompt an October 2021 strike by workers in 12 U.S. cities, an effort to get the company to better address what they described as an ongoing problem of sexual harassment and violence in McDonald's stores.

Through a McDonald's spokesperson, Rice Enterprises said it fired Garner as soon as they learned of the allegations against him in 2021.

"Since then, we've redoubled our efforts to ensure a positive and respectful experience for all employees in our restaurants, and our organization maintains a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind," Rice Enterprises said in the emailed statement. The company said it
puts new hires through "safe and respectful workplace training" and has enhanced security. myjournalcourier.com

Israel-Hamas War & Boycotts Impacting Sales
McDonald's and Starbucks blame the Israel-Hamas war for slower sales - and the recovery might take a while

McDonald's and Starbucks both said the Israel-Hamas war and related boycotts hurt their sales in the latest quarter.

McDonald's and Starbucks, two of the biggest U.S. restaurant companies, both said the
Israel-Hamas war hurt their sales at the end of last year.

The two restaurant giants became some of
the largest U.S. companies to say the Middle East conflict hurt their sales - and will likely hit demand in future quarters, as well. It is unclear whether other restaurant companies will see a similar downturn.

Starbucks became a target of boycotts when Starbucks Workers United, which represents hundreds of the chain's unionized cafes, posted in support of Palestinians, leading to backlash from conservatives. Starbucks sought to distance itself from the tweet, which the union deleted, and sued Workers United for trademark infringement. cnbc.com

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'Innovative Online Cannabis Security
Employee Training Program'

Sapphire Risk Advisory Group Launches Innovative Online Cannabis Security Training Program for Dispensaries

My Sapphire Training, created by Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, is an innovative online cannabis security training program designed to support dispensaries.

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES -- Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, the nation's oldest cannabis security consultancy, is thrilled to announce the launch of an innovative online cannabis security employee training program. This ground-breaking program, called My Sapphire Training, is currently available for dispensaries and is designed to empower their employees with the knowledge they need to ensure the security and profitability of the dispensary.

The program's initial course offerings include comprehensive modules on Loss Prevention, Facility Security, and Payment & Identification Verification, all of which can be selected individually or bundled together at a discounted rate. These courses were developed based on feedback from clients and can aid dispensaries in meeting state-required security training standards. My Sapphire Training is also designed to equip dispensary employees with knowledge that can help to reduce losses.

Commenting on the launch of this new program,
Tony Gallo, Managing Partner of Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, said, "We created My Sapphire Training because we saw a gap in the industry for credible cannabis security training able to effectively supplement on-the-job experiences in the dispensary. My Sapphire Training is a reflection of our continuing commitment to ensuring the security, safety, and compliance of our clients. We're excited to contribute to the continued growth of this dynamic industry!"

The cannabis industry is experiencing exponential growth and unique challenges, including regulatory compliance, safety concerns, and
the need for stringent security measures. Having worked on a thousand different projects across 37 states, Sapphire Risk Advisory Group recognizes these challenges and has developed My Sapphire Training as the solution to address them.

In addition to standardized security instruction, My Sapphire Training also offers
custom online training content that can be fully tailored to suit the unique needs of a specific brand, operation, or location. Whether a dispensary is a small boutique establishment or a large-scale operation, My Sapphire Training offers versatile solutions that allow businesses to fortify their security measures in a way that suits their specific needs and goals.

My Sapphire Training is now available to dispensaries nationwide, offering a
one-stop solution for businesses seeking to enhance their security measures, meet regulatory requirements, and protect their staff and customers.

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Defending Against Retail Cyber Threats
How to Battle Retail Cyber Security Threats and Win
Businesses that
invest in solutions to protect against the top retail cyber security threats position themselves for a safer and more prosperous 2024.

Ransomware Still a Top Threat

According to a report by Corvus Insurance,
ransomware attacks increased by 95 percent in 2023. Ransomware can affect everything from e-commerce platforms to POS systems, customer databases, and inventory management systems.

To prevent ransomware attacks and minimize the damage they cause, retailers need to strengthen endpoint protection and email fortifications. Geo blocking will help prevent foreign hackers from accessing business systems. Additionally, retailers should assess and improve their data backup and recovery practices.

E-commerce Threats Require Multi-faceted Approach

Protecting against e-commerce attacks requires
a multi-faceted approach, beginning with multi-factor authentication and strong password policies. Timely patch management for all systems also helps to close vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. And improved security awareness training for employees will educate them about social engineering techniques.

Data Skimming Prevalent Online and on POS Systems

To protect credit card data,
retailers should implement firewalls to control traffic between the POS network and external networks. They should also inspect card readers regularly for tampering and quickly install the latest security patches to keep hackers from exploiting known vulnerabilities. And they should ensure data encryption both in transit and at rest.

Access Management Critical to Address Supply Chain Attacks

To guard against supply chain attacks,
retailers must strengthen access management. Zero trust architecture, for instance, requires identity verification every time any user, device, or application attempts to access the system. Additionally, privileged access management will provide visibility into the actions taken by privileged accounts that hackers may target.

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Young People Fueling Crime In Stores & Online
Teens Committing Scary Cybercrimes: What's Behind the Trend?

Crypto theft, sextortion tactics, swattings, and ransomware: teenagers are increasingly taking up cybercrime for fun and profit - and experts credit an array of contributing factors.

AdvertisementThe rise of teens committing serious cybercrimes on a large scale - and doing real harm is the process - has become hard to ignore. What's driving the scary trend?

Recent reports include a
17-year-old from California who cops allege was behind hundreds of swattings and bomb threats against various targets, including mosques, FBI offices and agents, and historically Black colleges, according to CNN.

Then there's Wizz, a dating app for teens similar to Tinder. It was yanked off the Google Play and Apple stores in late January, after it was discovered
cybercriminals were using the platform to lure kids into participating in and becoming victims of "financial sextortion," according to reports.

Curiosity, isolation, financial pressure, the thrill of the challenge, misguided idealism, and even peer pressure can all play a role can all lure teens to cybercrime," according to Sarah Jones, a cyber threat research analyst at Critical Start. "Teens might innocently explore vulnerabilities, seek acceptance in online communities (even those centered on cybercrime), be tempted by quick money, view it as a game, or hold misplaced beliefs about their actions supporting a cause."  darkreading.com

Another Top Threat in 2024: Deepfakes
Deepfaked video conference call makes employee send $25 million to scammers
A deepfake video conference call paired with social engineering tricks has led to the
theft of over US$25 million from a multinational firm, the South China Morning Post has reported.

attack started with messages sent to several of the firm's employees, but it seems that only one - employed in the finance department of the company's Hong Kong branch's - was ultimately bamboozled.

According to the SCMP, the employee's suspicion were raised when they received the message, purportedly by the company's UK-based Chief Financial Officer, asking the employee to carry out a secret transaction. But they have been later quelled by a group video conference to which the employee was invited.

Present in the video conference were the company's CFO, other company staff and even outsiders - or so it seemed.

In reality, the
fraudsters used previous video and audio footage and artificial intelligence technology to create the illusion these individuals were present on the call and make these digital recreations "speak" to pull off the illusion. helpnetsecurity.com

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Businesses Across Canada Targeted by Violence & Extortion
Extortion and shootings targeting South Asian businesses across Canada
South Asian businesses across Canada are increasingly reporting extortion attempts that have turned violent. First, they receive a phone call or text message, usually demanding one million dollars. Then, in some cases, bullets begin to fly.

These attempts may be linked to an organized international extortion racket. West of Toronto in Peel Region, police Chief Nishan Duraiappah says
at least 20 companies have reported receiving an extortion call or message - six of those businesses have been shot at after declining to pay up.

"To have such
a notable trend at a national level, requires a level of sophistication," says Chief Duraiappah, who admits investigators are "exploring" the possibility that organized crime, outside of Canada, could be behind these extortion cases.

Eerily similar,
violent extortion attempts have also been reported in Surrey, B.C., prompting the mayors of both Surrey and Brampton, Ont., to pen a joint letter calling on the federal minister of public safety to begin prioritizing a co-ordinated policing effort across the country to bring an end to this violent trend.

"The complexity and inter-jurisdictional nature of these crimes necessitate
a more comprehensive strategy involving provincial and federal authorities," the joint letter reads.

CTV News sat down with Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and asked if he believes organized crime is behind these targeted extortion attempts on South Asian businesses.

"Absolutely, these investigations have led police
in Ontario, in B.C., and now in Alberta, to determine that these organizations reside in India, outside of Canadian borders," he replied swiftly. ctvnews.ca

LP & PD Team Up for Campaign Against Shoplifters
Police Team Up With Loss Prevention Officers to Nab Shoplifters
Police in the Victoria area say teamwork with Loss Prevention Officers was a key part of a successful campaign against shoplifting. The West Shore
RCMP worked with retailers for six weeks from November to the end of December, arresting 27 people suspected of shoplifting.

Corporal Danny Grieve of the West Shore RCMP Crime Reduction Unit says the
cooperation with Loss Prevention Officers was the key to identifying shoplifters inside stores. During the campaign, the officers would take note of people suspected of shoplifting inside a store and alert RCMP stationed outside, who then made the arrest.

Thousands of dollars of
stolen merchandise was returned to stores from as far away as Chilliwack, where the RCMP arrested a chronic offender suspected of multiple thefts from the same retailer.

Of the 27 suspects, nine met the criteria for Restorative Justice, 13 will go through the courts on theft related charges, and five were banned from the store where they were arrested The RCMP says Victoria's West Shore recorded
514 reports of shoplifting last year, a 29-percent increase over 2022.

Save Our Streets, a coalition of businesses and concerned citizens in British Columbia says absorbing the cost of retail theft and hiring more security is costing BC families an additional $500 annually. mycoastnow.com

Canada's COVID Bounce-Back Continues
Retailers to Benefit as Tourism in Canada Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Numbers
Tourism plays a significant role in the health of the retail industry in Canada. But with the pandemic the last few years,
tourism has suffered and with that the retail industry, particularly in towns that rely on tourists, has felt the pain. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

According to the recent Destination Canada report, Tourism Outlook: Unlocking Opportunities for the Sector, total
tourism revenue was set to exceed 2019 levels, generating $109.5 billion by the end of 2023.

"This represents the recovery of the tourism sector from the COVID-19 pandemic, one year earlier than projected. Despite tourism coming to a standstill in 2020,
the industry, post recovery, is expected to grow faster than the general economy at 5.8 per cent, reflecting its resilience and importance to the economic vitality of the country," said Destination Canada. retail-insider.com

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$25K in Arc'teryx merchandise taken during Vancouver robbery
Two suspects have been arrested and charged following a robbery at an Arc'teryx store on Vancouver's west side this week. In a news release, the Vancouver Police Department said two people armed with bear spray entered a "high-end Kitsilano clothing store" near West 4th Avenue and Arbutus Street on Monday evening.
deployed the spray and stole more than $25,000 in merchandise," the department said. Authorities said the suspects then fled the scene in a taxi, but that officers were able to track the vehicle down with information provided by witnesses. bc.ctvnews.ca

Credit Cards Created in Fraudulent Manufacturing Lab
More than 350 charges laid in Calgary fradulent ID investigation
Calgary police said more than
350 charges were laid against three people in an investigation into fraudulent ID and rental cases around the city.

According to a news release on Monday afternoon, the investigation began in 2022 when officers discovered a
fraudulent document manufacturing lab. The lab contained credit card embossers, scanners, electronics and ledgers, police said.

Officers executed search warrants on
several storage lockers where they found boxes of tax documents, mail and ID cards. Police said none of the items belonged to the people allegedly associated with the locker. One person was charged in relation to this incident but failed to attend court, police said.

Police said they believe the
stolen identity documents, including social insurance numbers and Alberta health care numbers, were taken from storage locker break-and-enters. The personal information was used to apply for fraudulent credit cards, which were used to make purchases. Police said around 50 people were affected by the theft. globalnews.ca

4 men arrested in string of 8 retail robberies across Toronto
Four men from Toronto have been arrested in connection with
eight separate retail robberies that occurred throughout the city between Thursday, Jan. 18 and Friday, Feb. 2, according to police. Police said during these incidents, four masked males would enter a store, and while inside they indicated they were armed with a weapon and demanded money. The men would then take a quantity of money and cigarettes before fleeing the scene. It's alleged that during one of these incidents, one of the suspects brandished a firearm. globalnews.ca

Burnaby businesses evacuated after armed robbery: RCMP

Avondale employee grazed with knife during St. Catharines robbery: NRP

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Boosting Transparency for Online Shopping
Proposed 'Know Where it's From' Act aims to increase transparency in online shopping
When trying to return a product you bought online, you might ask yourself, where in the world did this come from? Now
a lawmaker is proposing a way to confidently answer that question.

It's called the "Know Where it's From" Act. A bill just introduced by Asm. Angelo Santabarbara
would require online sellers to disclose where the product is being shipped from, along with the cost of shipping it back. Santabarbara says he's received calls from constituents asking about this lately.

"When you're buying products online, a lot of people just don't know where they're coming from. A lot of people don't like buying international products, they want to buy US made products. We should have that distinction so you can say hey it's coming from the US, it may be you want to, or it's just easier for you to return."

Similar legislation has been proposed at the federal level in the house and senate, but has yet to be addressed on the senate calendar. cbs6albany.com

AI Continues to Expand in the Retail Space
Wayfair extends shoppable generative AI images to Apple Vision Pro
Wayfair Inc. is making its generative AI-based room decorating tool available on the new Apple Vision Pro platform.

In an email to Chain Store Age, the digitally native home furnishings giant said it is extending the pilot of Decorify, a solution that uses a generative AI model to create shoppable, photorealistic images of products, to Apple Vision Pro, a spatial computer that blends digital content with the physical world and is controlled by a user's eyes and hands.

Decorify enables customers to upload unlimited photos and delete them at any time and shop across a wide selection of the Wayfair catalog directly from their reimagined virtual rooms. The solution is now accessible in the visionOS App Store for Apple Vision Pro. chainstoreage.com

TikTok Poaching Etsy Sellers
In its quest to recruit more sellers, TikTok Shop is targeting some Etsy merchants
TikTok is casting its net far and wide in an attempt to bring more sellers to TikTok Shop. One Etsy seller recently told Modern Retail that they received an invitation to join TikTok Shop. While the email invite doesn't explicitly say that TikTok is looking to court more Etsy sellers, it is clear that
TikTok is looking for sellers who already have a strong presence on other apps or marketplaces like Etsy.

The push to
recruit more small businesses to sell through TIkTok Shop also comes at a time when TikTok is building tools to turn nearly every piece of content uploaded into a shoppable post. modernretail.co

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Brentwood, NY: Update: First Sentence In Brentwood Pawn Shop Stolen Property Fencing Ring
The leader of a retail theft ring that used a Brentwood pawn shop as a front
was sentenced Friday to three to nine years in prison. Carlos Ulloa of Patchogue and three associates were arrested in 2022 and pleaded guilty to various charges in 2023. Ulloa was sentenced Friday and the others are scheduled for sentencing in February and April. According to the investigation and the guilty pleas, the ring used "boosters," or thieves, who stole items from major retailers such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Petco and PetSmart, prosecutors said. When EZ Pawn manager Sandra Hinds and her employees at the shop received stolen merchandise, Ulloa and associates transported it to his warehouse in Patchogue. The items were stored, inventoried, photographed, and listed for sale online. That generated a large sum of criminal proceeds for Ulloa between May 14, 2020 and Aug. 6, 2022. Search warrants executed on Aug. 6, 2022, at the pawnshop, the warehouse, and Ulloa's residence, resulted in the seizure of brand-new stolen merchandise belonging to retailers throughout Suffolk County, prosecutors said. During the search of Ulloa's home in Patchogue, police also seized an unlicensed stolen handgun. Ulloa forfeited $968,081 in criminal proceeds, as well as about $1 million in stolen merchandise patch.com

Sioux City, NE: Shoplifting leads to high speed pursuit and arrests in Sioux City
Police say four teenagers have been arrested after a case of shoplifting resulted in a pursuit through three cities. Lt. Jeanette McFee, with South Sioux City Police, says at about 5:36 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 they got a report of several individuals shoplifting alcohol from the Hy-Vee on Cornhusker Drive. According to Lt. McFee, the vehicle that the suspects were in was seen on Dakota Avenue in South Sioux City before it fled into Sioux City. The Sioux City Police Department says the vehicle eluded authorities in Sioux City as well, before going into North Sioux City and then coming back to Sioux City. The SCPD says the car finally stopped in Sioux City and the four people inside ran away on foot. All four were eventually apprehended. 

Monroe County, PA: Police looking to ID 3 suspects in Gap retail theft
Police are looking to identify three women they say stole from the Gap at the Tannersville outlets. On January 31, police said a group of three women entered the Gap at the Crossings Outlets at 11:40 a.m. While walking around the store, officers say the group stole an unknown number of items from the girl's section of the store. Authorities said the trio was removing security tags, putting the items in bags, and eventually left the store without paying. 

Monroe, NC: Woman, man wanted after using emergency exit to steal $3,000 worth of merchandise from Kohls

Luzerne County, PA: Two wanted for multiple alleged retail thefts at Target

Bloomfield, MI: Man stole 2 water heaters from store

Fishkill, NY: Man with 50 prior arrests charged in shoplifting attempt in Highland

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Shootings & Deaths

Rochester, MN: 2 charged in road rage killing outside Rochester Chick-fil-A
Two men have been charged in connection with a fatal Rochester shooting investigators are characterizing as road rage. Isaac Gutierrez, 20, is accused of pulling the trigger and charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault, according to Olmsted County court documents filed Tuesday. Jose Gutierrez Ojeda, 26, faces one count of second-degree assault and one count of terroristic threats. The shooting happened in a parking lot near a Chick-fil-A and Savers thrift store off of Broadway Avenue South Saturday afternoon. Gutierrez Ojeda was driving a Nissan with Gutierrez as a passenger, a criminal complaint said. When he tried to back into a parking spot, he blocked a driver in a Chevrolet Suburban. Gutierrez Ojeda drove a short distance and the driver in the Suburban followed before both drivers stopped and left their vehicles. Another man got out of the Suburban and a fight ensued. That's when Gutierrez got out of the Nissan and shot the driver of the Suburban in the head, the complaint alleges. The victim was hospitalized and later died. Authorities identified Gutierrez and Gutierrez Ojeda using witness statements and surveillance video. Both men are in custody.  cbsnews.com

Memphis, TN: ALSAC employee beaten to death at gas station after car crash
A man was beaten to death at a BP gas station on Summer Avenue, records showed. The man who died in the assault was identified as Brandon Ward, records showed. President and CEO Richard C. Shadyac Jr. for ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, said in a statement: The entire ALSAC family is heartbroken by the senseless death of our colleague, Brandon Ward, who served our lifesaving mission for 12 years. First and foremost, our thoughts are with Brandon's family. We are providing counseling and support to our ALSAC family as we navigate this unspeakable loss together. Johnathan Ivy, 37, was charged with second-degree murder after he got into an early morning fight at a BP gas station with Ward on Summer Avenue in Binghamton, according to an arrest affidavit. Ivy has a court video arraignment on Feb. 6, 2024.  fox13memphis.com

Muncie, IN: Man shot clerk after claiming she opened his cigarettes, shook his drink
A Muncie man is under arrest after walking into a gas station and opening fire on a store clerk. Joel Russell, 24, was arrested on Monday night on preliminary charges of attempted murder, criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm. According to court documents, just before 9 p.m., a male suspect described by multiple witnesses as having long blonde hair and wearing a bandana opened fire on a store clerk inside the Village Pantry located in the 3300 block of Morrison Road. Witnesses claim the shooter, later identified as Russell, shot into the store before then stepping inside and shooting at the female clerk several more times. Police said the victim of the shooting did not suffer life-threatening injuries and was able to tell the police that Russell was a regular at the Village Pantry who always walked to the store. Another store clerk reportedly told police that Russell expressed frustration with the victim the day before the shooting claiming that the victim opened his cigarettes and shook his energy drink up.  fox59.com

Fayetteville, NC: Officer-involved shooting following armed robbery at CVS
Officers with Fayetteville police said they were involved in an officer-involved shooting following an armed robbery of a business Tuesday afternoon. Around 12:39 p.m. Tuesday, police said officers responded to the CVS on Ramsey Street to report of a suspect brandishing a gun during a robbery. Upon arriving on scene, officers were informed that a GPS tracker was placed in the money the suspect had taken, according to police. Police said a brief foot pursuit occurred and the suspect, armed with a gun, was encountered at Moore Street and Mechanic Street. Shots were fired, according to police. The suspect was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center to be treated. The extent of their injuries are currently unknown.  cbs17.com

Colorado Springs, CO: Shots fired in a string of robberies overnight
According to CSPD, on Tuesday, at around 2:20 a.m. officers were called to a robbery with a weapon at a convenience store in the 800 block of North Nevada Avenue near East Dale Street. Police said the suspects in the robbery were also involved in two other robberies, one in the 4800 block of Barnes Road off of Oro Blanco Drive and the 3200 block of Austin Bluffs Parkway near Meadowland Boulevard. Officers were told the suspects had threatened the clerks with a weapon and left the area with an undisclosed amount of money. Police said during the third robbery shots were fired by the suspects, however, no injuries were reported.  fox21news.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Samurai sword-wielding man arrested in Washington state Walmart after screaming threats
A man wielding a samurai sword was arrested inside a Walmart store in Washington over the weekend after he yelled and threatened to hurt people, authorities said. Ravi Saxena, 43, was reported to be walking in traffic with the sword just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of SE 192 Avenue in Vancouver, Washington, the Vancouver Police Department said. Saxena walked toward a Walmart parking lot while "screaming and threatening to hurt people," police said. Officers arrived just after Saxena entered the store. Police immediately evacuated customers from inside the Walmart while they tracked down the suspect. Police seized the samurai sword and a 5-inch pocketknife from the suspect. Saxena was arrested for felony harassment, dangerous weapon and displaying a weapon.  news.yahoo.com

Brooklyn, NY: 3 burglars stole $45K from Brooklyn salon
Three burglars are wanted for allegedly stealing $45,000 from a Brooklyn salon last week, police said. The suspects broke into Ressam House of Beauty on Sheepshead Bay Rd. in Sheepshead Bay at around 3:40 a.m. on Jan. 31, according to the NYPD. The thieves took $4,000 from a register and a safe holding around $41,000, police said.  pix11.com

San Francisco, CA: 6 suspects sought in armed retail theft in San Francisco's Sunset District



Beauty - Brooklyn, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery / shots fired
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Annapolis, MD - Robbery
CVS - Fayetteville, NC - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Monroe County, PA - Robbery
Collectables - Cobb County, GA - Robbery
Collectable - Tacoma, WA - Robbery
Electronics - Aberdeen, NC - Robbery
Grocery - Montgomeryville, PA - Robbery
Grocery - Sioux City, NE - Robbery
Guns - Brewster County, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Cherry Hill, NJ - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Seekonk, MA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Gwinnett County, GA - Burglary
Restaurant - Bossier City, LA - Burglary
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Restaurant - Silverdale, WA - Burglary
Target - Luzerne County, PA - Robbery
Vape - Denver, CO - Burglary
Vape-Murfreesboro, TN - Burglary
Walmart - Schuylkill County, PA - Robbery
Walmart - Cape Coral, FL - Robbery
Walmart - Port Allen, LA - Robbery                                         


Daily Totals:
• 17 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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