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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Home Depot Sounds the Alarm Over ORC Surge
Colorado bill takes aim at online marketplaces after stores sound alarm on crime

One expert estimates the overall cost of crime to Colorado businesses in 2020 was $27.49 billion.

Mike Combs, national director of investigations for The Home Depot, oversees a staff that's expanded 180% in the past five years. But even that near-tripling of a division that once held a low profile at the chain is small compared to the growth of the size of thefts it investigates.

The criminal investigations team for the home-improvements retailer doesn't get involved unless $100,000 or more of merchandise has been lifted from the store. Sometimes thieves sneak out fire exits or fake a self-checkout to avoid payment. But sometimes they plow their carts through the front entrance, either with speed or with aggressive threats of violence.

Combs said he has been watching the problem swell for more than half a decade now, long before smash-and-grab robberies in cities like San Francisco made headlines. And while crime in urban centers across the country is getting new attention after two years of pandemic-fueled decay, Combs notes that even suburban outposts in Colorado now are targets of organized retail crime.

"Losses are up. Organized retail crime is up," he said of the local situation in Colorado, which mirrors trends seen across the country. "We already had to ramp up our investment in security ... Now we're investing in all facets to try to tackle it."

A primary reason for the rise in such huge thefts is the ease with which thieves can resell stolen retail items on internet marketplaces with little to no oversight. Many of the thieves take the goods to middlemen who pay them and turn around to reap large profits, Combs said.

A bill, fashioned after a national model that's yet to advance in Congress, would require online marketplaces to verify the tax-identification number, contact information and bank-account number for each high-volume third-party seller and require the sellers to disclose to consumers their names and addresses, as well as whether that seller used a different seller to supply consumers with the product. bizjournals.com

America's Theft Crisis
Shoplifting reaches crisis proportions
Shoplifting has gotten so bad nationally that chains like Rite Aid are closing hard-hit stores, sending terrified employees home in Ubers and locking up aisles of seemingly mundane items like deodorant and toothpaste.

Why it matters: Retailers are already reeling from the pandemic, supply chain woes and the labor shortage. Now they're combating systematic looting by organized crime gangs - which are growing more aggressive and violent.

"It's out of control - it is just out of control," Lisa LaBruno, SVP of operations and innovation at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, tells Axios. A lot of the uptick is tied to the ease of reselling stolen goods online, plus the fact that consumers are buying more everyday goods online during COVID.

"We have experienced a 300% increase in retail theft from our stores since the pandemic began." CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis tells Axios.

Driving the news: The retail industry is pressing Congress to pass the INFORM Act, which would require online marketplaces (like Amazon, eBay and Facebook) to verify sellers and provide contact information to buyers. Attorneys general in states like California, Arizona and New Mexico are setting up anti-shoplifting task forces and looking at stricter laws on bail reform and felony thresholds.

District attorneys in cities like Chicago and New York are considering harsher measures against shoplifters.

What stores are doing: In addition to locking high-theft items behind anti-theft panels, retailers are arming more merchandise with alarmed security tags. They're installing shelf sensors that can tell when a customer has been browsing for a suspiciously long time, and adding "smart" shopping carts with wheels that lock if someone sneaks it past the cash register.

Yes, but: An analysis of crime statistics and other reporting by The Atlantic cast doubt on what it called the "great shoplifting freak-out," citing "fuzzy data" and asserting that what's being lumped together as shoplifting is actually a variety of violent crimes. axios.com

Shoplifting Up 50% at NYC's Largest Supermarket Chain
NYC grocery chain hiring dozens of burly security guards, retired cops to crack down on 50% spike in shoplifting

The chain's owner said he is sick of prosecutors like Manhattan's new DA Alvin Bragg not prosecuting criminals

New York's crime problem is so bad now that the head of the city's largest supermarket chain announced on Thursday that he is hiring extra security to crackdown on thieves, after a 50 percent spike in shoplifting that the woke Manhattan District Attorney is determined to ignore.

John Catsimatidis, owner and CEO of the Gristedes/D'Agostino's, told DailyMail.com that he has become so frustrated with the authorities doing nothing to solve the problem that he is taking it upon himself. He says he has noticed a 50 percent spike in shoplifting across his stores in the last year, costing him 'several million' dollars.

In an interview with DailyMail.com on Thursday, Catsimatidis said the thieves are not hungry homeless vagrants in need of meals or basic hygiene products, but are 'professional criminals' who often travel to New York City from other states where they wouldn't get away with the crimes.

Catsimatidis will hire dozens of retired NYPD officers and security guards to stand in the doorways of his stores and sit in cars parked outside to deter thieves. He was vague on if they would become physical with anyone attempting to shoplift, and said they'll do 'whatever they have to do' to protect customers and staff.

He blames bail reforms and the woke new policies of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg - who says he won't prosecute some crimes and will downgrade others - for the uptick in shoplifting.

Robberies have spiked 34.9 percent year-on-year, and petit larceny - which Bragg is now downgraded many of shoplifters' charges to - has risen by 23.3 percent in the same time period. Overall, crime is up a shocking 41.65 percent. dailymail.co.uk

Deadly Police Shootings Hit Record High
Fatal police shootings in 2021 set record since The Post began tracking, despite public outcry
Police shot and killed at least 1,055 people nationwide last year, the highest total since The Washington Post began tracking fatal shootings by officers in 2015 - underscoring the difficulty of reducing such incidents despite sustained public attention to the issue.

The new count is up from 1,021 shootings the previous year and 999 in 2019. The total comes amid a nationwide spike in violent crime - although nowhere near historic highs - and as people increasingly are venturing into public spaces now that coronavirus vaccines are widely available.

Despite setting a record, experts said the 2021 total was within expected bounds. Police have fatally shot roughly 1,000 people in each of the past seven years, ranging from 958 in 2016 to last year's high. Mathematicians say this stability may be explained by Poisson's random variable, a principle of probability theory that holds that the number of independent, uncommon events in a large population will remain fairly stagnant absent major societal changes.

That the number of fatal police shootings last year is within 60 of the average suggests officers' behavior has not shifted significantly since The Post began collecting data, said Andrew Wheeler, a private-sector criminologist and data scientist.

Advocacy for policing overhauls has intensified since the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020. More than 400 bills were introduced in state legislatures last year to address officers' use of force. Police departments increasingly partnered with mental health experts to respond to people in crisis. Cities established civilian review boards for use-of-force incidents.

None of it decreased the number of people shot and killed by officers last year. The total has increased slightly most years since 2015 - a pattern that Wheeler said may or may not signal that fatal shootings truly are trending higher. washingtonpost.com

RFID Tech Continues to Make National News
Op-Ed: The Wall Street Journal Extols RFID's Benefits

The international newspaper this week reported on how the technology can provide insights into combatting retail theft.

I can remember, back in the mid-2000s, when RFID Journal's editor, Mark Roberti, would write about how frustrating it was that the mainstream press largely ignored what radio frequency identification technologies could do. That has changed in the years since, however, as illustrated by an article posted this week by The Wall Street Journal. Writer Isabelle Bousquette's piece, "Macy's Aims RFID at Organized Retail Theft," covered a recent RFID Journal virtual event, RFID in Retail and Apparel 2022, during which attendees learned how retailers are using RFID to become more agile and responsive in a competitive market.

Among those who spoke at the event was Joe Coll, Macy's VP of asset protection and strategy, who (in a session with Ned McCauley, Sensormatic Retail Solutions' director of sales, IoT and smart sensors) discussed how RFID has played a key role in optimizing inventory, enabling omnichannel processes, and confronting rising theft and brand insecurity. Coll outlined how the retail giant has used a sensor-fusion approach to combat organized retail crime and protect its personnel, customers, products, profits and brand-and The Wall Street Journal was listening as he did so.

"RFID plays a huge part for us from an investigative standpoint," Coll said during the virtual event, and Bousquette quoted him in her article, noting, "Strategies combating retail theft have become especially important during a surge in organized retail crime-incidents where items are stolen in order to be resold."

As Bousquette's article noted, Macy's is an early adopter that has been using RFID for years. RFID Journal, of course, has been covering the retailer's efforts since the beginning. But it's gratifying to see the mainstream press not only recognizing the value of RFID, but even attending RFID Journal events to learn more about it. It's a strong sign the industry is heading in the right direction. rfidjournal.com

Discouraging Retail Theft by Cracking Down on Online Marketplaces
Colorado lawmakers want to make it harder for retail thieves, porch pirates to sell stolen loot online
Colorado lawmakers want to discourage organized rings of thieves from stealing by making it harder for them to resell their loot via online marketplaces like eBay, Amazon, Craigslist and Facebook. A bipartisan bill pending in the legislature, HB22-1099: Online Marketplaces and Third-Party Sellers, would require people who sell large amounts of new items on the internet to register a slew of personal information with the online marketplaces.

People making more than $5,000 in sales or making more than 200 transactions over a 12-month period will have to register their bank account number, contact information and tax identification number with the marketplace, which will be required to verify the information. Sellers who make more than $20,000 through a marketplace must also disclose their full name, address and contact information to any customer after a purchase.

Rep. Terri Carver, a Colorado Springs Republican sponsoring the bill, compared the measure to the regulations placed on the brick-and-mortar marketplaces that used to be a common place to sell stolen goods: pawn shops.

"This is the modern-day equivalent of those rules," she said Thursday at a hearing for the bill in the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee, where lawmakers approved it unanimously.

If a seller doesn't comply, the marketplace must suspend their account. Marketplaces that do not comply with the law's requirements could face lawsuits from the Colorado Attorney General's Office. denverpost.com

More Crime Closures in San Fran?
San Francisco losing another Walgreens store months after 'retail crime' shuttered five locations
Walgreens said Thursday it plans to close another store in San Francisco this month, four months after the company closed several in the city due to "organized retail crime," according to a report. The company didn't cite crime as the reason for the forthcoming closure at the Kearny Street location in the city's downtown area. yahoo.com

(Update) NYC Rite Aid plagued by string of thefts finally closes its doors
A Manhattan Rite Aid that's been plagued by a rash of shoplifting has shut its doors. The drug store, once a 24-hour location, was barren Thursday morning with photos showing empty, stripped shelves and no staff members in sight.

'Barely holding on' Queens business owners plead for help with decades-high theft levels


COVID Update

547.1M Vaccinations Given

US: 79.3M Cases - 943.4K Dead - 49.8M Recovered
Worldwide: 412.7M Cases - 5.8M Dead - 333.3M Recovered

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The U.S. is Emerging from the Omicron Wave
COVID cases are plummeting, and deaths are slowing
New COVID cases are plunging all across America, and Omicron's death toll is also slowing down. The U.S. is on its way out of this wave of the pandemic after less than two months.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging roughly 240,000 new cases per day - a 61% drop over the past two weeks. Maryland and Washington, D.C., have the lowest case counts in the country, each with fewer than 30 cases per 100,000 people, on average.

Oklahoma, meanwhile, saw the biggest improvement over the past two weeks, and is now sitting at an average of about 70 new cases per 100,000 people.

Deaths are still rising, but those increases are slowing down considerably - a sign that they may soon begin to decline. The U.S. is now averaging roughly 2,500 new deaths per day. Those deaths are almost entirely preventable, with vaccines. A smaller outbreak will also help save lives. axios.com

Walmart Loosens COVID Rules for Employees
Walmart drops mask mandate for 1.6M employees
Walmart said in a memo today it will no longer require fully vaccinated U.S. employees to wear masks at work. However, those who wish to wear a mask while working are permitted to do so.

Driving the news: New COVID cases are plunging and the U.S. appears to be on its way out of this wave of the pandemic after less than two months, Axios' reported. And NIAID director Anthony Fauci this week said the country is headed out of the "full-blown pandemic phase of COVID-19."

Details: "Effective immediately, fully vaccinated associates will not be required to wear masks while working in any Walmart or Sam's Club facility, unless required by a state or local mandate or ordinance," according to the memo.

The rule change impacts more than 1.6 million employees who work at Walmart or Sam's Club facilities and offices across the country. The company noted it would still observe state and local ordinances, and that employees working in its pharmacies and health clinics will still be required to mask up.

State of play: Walmart said daily health screenings will not be required of its employees as of Feb. 28, except for those in California, New York and Virginia. A policy that provided paid leave policy for COVID-19 related absences will end on March 31. axios.com

COVID Restrictions Ease from Coast to Coast
Some U.S. governors defend their mask policy changes to 'get back to normal'
The governors of Maryland and New Jersey defended their moves to ease Covid restrictions, saying on Sunday that falling coronavirus cases in their states justified a change even as new cases and deaths remain fairly high in some regions of the United States.

"As best we can tell right now this thing is going from pandemic to endemic, and we feel it is the responsible step to take," Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said on CBS's "Face the Nation," referring to the stage when the virus will become a manageable part of daily life. He is one of several Democratic governors who announced plans to lift statewide mask mandates last week, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant loosens its grip on the United States.

According to many health experts, the pandemic's next phase may depend on the emergence of new variants, vaccination rates and risk tolerance. Herd immunity to Covid, public health specialists say, is unlikely to be achieved. And scientists have cautioned that protection may wane over time, and future variants may be better able to sidestep our defenses.

Still, known coronavirus infections are falling across the United States, though case numbers nationwide have not dropped to pre-Omicron levels and remain high in states like Alaska, Mississippi and West Virginia. Hospitalizations and deaths are also on the decline, but remain elevated. nytimes.com
The Dangers of Vaccine Mandate Enforcement
McDonald's security guard battered after diner refuses to show proof of vaccine
A McDonald's security guard was battered Thursday morning after a diner refused to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination at a Near North Side location. At around 9:15 a.m., police responded to a McDonald's location in the 0-100 block of East Chicago Avenue on the report of a battery.

Police believe a male was eating inside when an uniformed security guard, 47, asked the diner to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination due to the city's ongoing mandate.

Instead of showing it, police said the male began battering the security guard. The suspect fled the scene but was located to responding officers and placed into custody. The security guard's condition is not known at this time. wgntv.com

The Super Bowl Ushers in a Return to Pre-COVID Life
With Super Bowl ads, companies urge a return to prepandemic normalcy
Travel, autos, entertainment and grooming companies are trying to persuade Super Bowl viewers to get pretty and get out - in prepandemic style.

NY COVID cases drop to lowest level since Oct. 25, decline nationwide

Biden acknowledges frustration with Covid rules, but says lifting mask mandates is 'premature'


Walmart Expanding RFID
Walmart To Use RFID To Improve 'Store Level' Inventory Accuracy In Home Goods, Consumer Electronics

Given Walmart's sheer size, it's a big deal any time it expands its use of RFID technology to improve the capabilities of its stores. And that's precisely what has happened.

As reported recently in RFID Journal, Walmart's US division has advised its suppliers that it is extending its tagging requirements to products in many new merchandise categories. By September these items will need to be arriving in Walmart's stores with RFID smart labels.

Expanding Beyond Apparel & Footwear

Back in 2019, Walmart USA directed all suppliers of Apparel, Footwear, Sunglasses and Watches to begin applying RFID tags to merchandise. Much of the Jewelry category was included too. Walmart now also uses RFID to manage its inventory of Tires.

Fast forward to 2022. Some of the new categories are: Consumer Electronics (think TVs, Xboxes); Wireless (think Mobile Phones, Tablets, Accessories); Kitchen & Dining; Home Décor; Bath & Shower; Bedding; Furniture.

As reported by Advertising Age, Walmart's memo to its suppliers includes the following statements:

- "Over the last year, we have successfully implemented RFID technology in our Apparel departments and have seen dramatic results."

- "With the success of this initiative, Walmart plans to continue expanding this program to other departments and categories. RFID will help improve Inventory Accuracy, which leads to a better in-store shopping experience for customers, more online and pick-up in-store capabilities and greater sales opportunities."

The Bottom Line

Walmart is known for offering good merchandise at great prices. Being able to say "even Walmart puts RFID smart labels on its Apparel or Home Goods or (you name the product)" is very powerful.

Apparel and Footwear are the categories where RFID proliferated first within Retail. But there has also been a steady uptick in other major consumer product categories in recent years. Walmart's wise decision to improve its Store Level Inventory Accuracy in Home Goods, Wireless and Consumer Electronics will now shine the spotlight on the value RFID has already been delivering in these other market sectors. forbes.com

Corporate Espionage in the Security Industry

Chinese Paying U.S. Motorola Employees to Steal Trade Secrets
DOJ: Federal Indictment Charges Telecommunications Company With Conspiring With Former Motorola Solutions Employees To Steal Technology

CHICAGO - A telecommunications company conspired with former employees of Chicago-based Motorola Solutions Inc. to steal digital mobile radio technology developed by Motorola, according to an indictment unsealed today in federal court in Chicago.

According to the indictment, Motorola Solutions developed the DMR technology through years of research and design. Motorola Solutions marketed and sold the radios, which are sometimes referred to as "walkie-talkies," in the United States and elsewhere. The indictment alleges that China-based HYTERA COMMUNICATIONS CORP. LTD. recruited and hired Motorola Solutions employees and directed them to take proprietary and trade secret information from Motorola without authorization. The charges allege that while still employed at Motorola, some of the employees allegedly accessed the trade secret information from Motorola's internal database and sent multiple emails describing their intentions to use the technology at Hytera.

From 2007 to 2020, Hytera and the recruited employees used Motorola's proprietary and trade secret information to accelerate the development of Hytera's DMR products, train Hytera employees, and market and sell Hytera's DMR products throughout the world, the indictment states. According to the indictment, Hytera paid the recruited employees higher salaries and benefits than what they received at Motorola.

The 21-count indictment was partially unsealed today by court order in U.S. District Court in Chicago. It charges Hytera with conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets. Hytera and others are also charged with individual counts of possession or attempted possession of stolen trade secrets. The names of other defendants who have not appeared in U.S. District Court are redacted. justice.gov

Store Security Lawsuit
Daughter of woman accidentally killed by security guard files lawsuit
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, she claims that a lack of training led a security guard to fire a gun recklessly after a violent confrontation outside a Bronzeville liquor store. One of the bullets traveled four blocks and hit Johnson, a church-going grandmother who was headed to a bank to get rent money.

The security guard, Victor Brown, was named in the suit, along with his employer, Bounty Tac Force Security, and the three stores he was guarding.

Brown was shot in the leg during a confrontation with a man who was a known nuisance to the businesses he was hired to protect - a liquor store, a Jamaican jerk chicken restaurant and a video game store housed in the same building near 35th Street and Indiana Avenue.

 It was about 4 p.m. Feb. 1 when Brown drew a starter pistol that contained only blanks and fired at his fleeing attacker, who was already more than a block away, prosecutors said. Brown, 34, then grabbed another security guard's gun, which contained live ammunition, and continued firing even though his attacker was blocks away and there were bystanders on the busy stretch of 35th Street, prosecutors said.

One of the bullets struck Johnson, 55, in the chest as she walked toward a bank nearly half a mile away. A security camera recorded the shooting. Brown was charged with first-degree murder. He was also charged with unlawful use of a weapon charge because, as a convicted felon, he is not allowed to possess a gun.

"If this man had been properly trained, this would not have happened," Carleeta Johnson said Tuesday during a news conference at the law office of her attorney, Cannon Lambert.  chicago.suntimes.com

The Ongoing Retail Wage War
Apple Boosts Retail Worker Pay to Cope With Tighter Labor Market

Company gives raises to longtime salespeople and technicians

Apple Inc. is bumping the pay of many U.S. retail employees in the face of a tightening tightening labor market, inflation woes and complaints from some staffers about working conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The iPhone maker announced the pay increases this week during store briefings and individual meetings with employees, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The increases are catered at least in part to employees who have worked at the company prior to the pandemic's start in 2020 and are designed to better align veteran staff with more recent hires.

The raises, which have ranged from 2% to 10% depending on store location and role, are going to salespeople, Genius Bar technical support staff and some senior hourly workers, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. The increases don't apply to all employees, and not all stores have been notified of the changes yet.

The move is Apple's latest attempt to placate its retail staff during a challenging year. Already, the company is adding a range of benefits for part-time and full-time employees. Apple plans to offer paid vacation time for part-time employees for the first time in April, as well as more sick days and new child- and elder-care benefits, Bloomberg reported earlier this week. bloomberg.com

Walmart inventory bots flopped. Will Sam's succeed?
Inventory tracking robots did not work out for Walmart, but now the company is trying them out at Sam's Club.

Valentine's Day costs more this year amid rising consumer prices

Visa: Omicron's impact on consumer spending modest in January

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Using RFID to Battle Theft Surge
Macy's Aims RFID at Organized Retail Theft

Radio-frequency identification chips provide insights into where, when and what items are being stolen, says Macy's vice president of asset protection

Amid a recent spate of high-profile thefts targeting retailers nationwide, Macy's Inc. said it is leaning on radio-frequency identification technology for asset protection.

RFID chips tagged to merchandise provide the retailer real-time information on where and when certain products are being stolen, said Joe Coll, vice president of asset protection, operations and strategy at Macy's. RFID data can also inform the chain on where best to focus security in stores, he said.

At Macy's, data is collected when the identification chip passes through "smart exits" equipped with sensors, according to Mr. Coll. Macy's can then access the relevant video footage and determine which criminals took which merchandise, he added. wsj.com

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'Mass Surveillance Program' Secretly Collected Americans' Data
CIA 'secret bulk collection program' picked up some Americans' data
Some data belonging to Americans was swept up in a secret CIA mass surveillance program that operated under atypical legal authority for such an operation, according to a letter released Thursday night by two Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The unnamed program operates "entirely outside the statutory framework that Congress and the public believe govern this collection, and without any of the judicial, congressional or even executive branch oversight" that otherwise would apply, according to the letter from Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.

The senators said the "secret bulk collection program" was authorized under presidential Executive Order 12333 from the early 1980s, which covers some activities of U.S. intelligence agencies. Many of the intelligence community's surveillance programs are covered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which involves a special court that secretly reviews requests for spying.

The information released by the senators does not say how much information about Americans was collected, or what technology was used. It also does not say when the bulk data collection occurred, whether those activities are ongoing, or whether other U.S. intelligence agencies were involved.

Federal law generally blocks the CIA from spying on domestic telecommunications by Americans, but there are cases when information about calls or internet traffic involving an overseas target can be gathered by spy agencies. The intelligence community calls that "incidental collection."

Privacy advocates have long raised concerns about incidental collection. "These reports raise serious questions about what information of ours the CIA is vacuuming up in bulk and how the agency exploits that information to spy on Americans," the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted Thursday night.

The CIA "recognizes and takes very seriously our obligation to respect the privacy and civil liberties of U.S. persons in the conduct of our vital national security mission, and conducts our activities, including collection activities, in compliance with U.S. law, Executive Order 12333, and our Attorney General guidelines," a CIA official said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. cyberscoop.com

Businesses Leaving Themselves Open to Attacks
Linux malware attacks are on the rise, and businesses aren't ready for it

Researchers warn that cyber criminals are increasingly targeting Linux to deliver ransomware and other malware.

AdvertisementCyber criminals are increasingly targeting Linux servers and cloud infrastructure to launch ransomware campaigns, cryptojacking attacks and other illicit activity - and many organisations are leaving themselves open to attacks because Linux infrastructure is misconfigured or poorly managed.

Analysis from cybersecurity researchers at VMware warns that malware targeting Linux-based systems is increasing in volume and complexity, while there's also a lack of focus on managing and detecting threats against them. This comes after an increase in the use of enterprises relying on cloud-based services because of the rise of hybrid working, with Linux the most common operating system in these environments.

That rise has opened new avenues that cyber criminals can exploit to compromise enterprise networks, as detailed by the research paper, including ransomware and cryptojacking attacks tailored to target Linux servers in environments that might not be as strictly monitored as those running Windows.

These attacks are designed for maximum impact, as the cyber criminals look to compromise as much as the network as possible before triggering the encryption process and ultimately demanding a ransom for the decryption key.

The report warns that ransomware has evolved to target Linux host images used to spin up workloads in virtualised environments, enabling the attackers to simultaneously encrypt vast swathes of the network and make incident response more difficult. The attacks on cloud environments also result in attackers stealing information from servers, which they threaten to publish if they're not paid a ransom.

Ransomware families that have been seen targeting Linux servers in attacks include REvil, DarkSide and Defray777 and it's likely that new forms of ransomware will appear that also target Linux. zdnet.com

Pirated Video Games & Illegal Devices to Hack Nintendos & PlayStations
Notorious Videogame Piracy Group Gets 3+ years Prison For $65M Conspiracy

High Level Manager served as link between hackers and customer base

Seattle - The public face of a notorious video game piracy group was sentenced today to 40 months in prison for two federal felonies. Gary Bowser, 52, a Canadian national of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty in October 2021 to Conspiracy to Circumvent Technological Measures and to Traffic in Circumvention Devices, and Trafficking in Circumvention Devices.

"This piracy scheme is estimated to have caused more than $65 million in losses to video game companies," said U.S. Attorney Nick Brown. "But the damage goes beyond these businesses, harming video game developers and the small, creative studios whose products and hard work is essentially stolen when games are pirated."

Bowser was a prominent leader of the criminal enterprise that developed and sold illegal devices that hacked popular videogame consoles so they could be used to play unauthorized, or pirated, copies of videogames. The enterprise targeted popular consoles such as the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition, the Sony PlayStation Classic, and the Microsoft Xbox.

According to court documents, the Team Xecuter criminal enterprise is comprised of over a dozen individual members located around the world. These members include developers who exploit vulnerabilities in videogame consoles and design circumvention devices; website designers who create the various websites that promote the enterprise's devices; suppliers who manufacture the devices; and resellers around the world who sell and distribute the devices. Bowser's role in the conspiracy was to administer the websites that communicated with customers offering devices for sale.

Max Louarn, 49, a French national of Avignon, France, Yuanning Chen, 36, a Chinese national of Shenzhen, China, are both charged in the indictment. Neither is currently in federal custody. justice.gov

Crackdown on Selling Stolen Cards in Russia
Russian Govt. Continues Carding Shop Crackdown
Russian authorities have arrested six men accused of operating some of the most active online bazaars for selling stolen payment card data. The crackdown - the second closure of major card fraud shops by Russian authorities in as many weeks - comes closely behind Russia's arrest of 14 alleged affiliates of the REvil ransomware gang, and has many in the cybercrime underground asking who might be next.

On Feb. 7 and 8, the domains for the carding shops Trump's Dumps, Ferum Shop, Sky-Fraud and UAS were seized by Department K, a division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation that focuses on computer crimes. The websites for the carding stores were retrofitted with a message from Dept. K asking, "Which one of you is next?"

According to cyber intelligence analysts at Flashpoint, that same message was included in the website for UniCC, another major and venerated carding shop that was seized by Dept. K in January.

Around the same time Trump's Dumps and the other three shops began displaying the Dept. K message, the Russian state-owned news outlet TASS moved a story naming six Russian men who were being charged with "the illegal circulation of means of payment."

TASS reports the six detained include Denis Pachevsky, general director of Saratovfilm Film Company LLC; Alexander Kovalev, an individual entrepreneur; Artem Bystrykh, an employee of Transtekhkom LLC; Artem Zaitsev; an employee of Get-net LLC; and two unemployed workers, Vladislav Gilev and Yaroslav Solovyov. krebsonsecurity.com

Project Zero researchers see promising trends in vulnerability fixes
Big tech vendors generally are remediating serious bugs faster than they were three years ago, according to a new report from Google's Project Zero.

The data - while limited to vulnerabilities the group itself reported between January 2019 and December 2021, and influenced by what the group's researchers have chosen to pursue - offers "a number of promising trends," according to Ryan Schoen of Project Zero.

"Vendors are fixing almost all of the bugs that they receive, and they generally do it within the 90-day deadline plus the 14-day grace period when needed," he wrote. In 2021 there was not "a single 90 day deadline exceeded," which could be because responsible disclosure policies are becoming more standard across the industry, "and vendors are more equipped to react rapidly to reports with differing deadlines," he wrote. cyberscoop.com

Prioritizing Cybersecurity Risk for Enterprise Risk Management: NISTIR 8286B is Published
NIST has published NISTIR 8286B, Prioritizing Cybersecurity Risk for Enterprise Risk Management. This report builds on the risk strategy and risk identification activities described in NISTIR 8286A and illustrates the need to ensure that enterprise context, priorities, and strategies are considered when making decisions about how best to respond to cybersecurity risks. The report encourages collaboration among cybersecurity and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) managers to help enterprises apply, improve, and monitor the quality of cooperation and communication. content.govdelivery.com

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Amazon's Workplace Injury Epidemic
Internal data from Amazon's most dangerous US warehouse shows the company may be starting to address an epidemic of workplace injuries

Workers at a Washington facility are injured six times as often as workers in non-Amazon warehouses.

Amazon's most dangerous US warehouse got a little safer last year, but regulators and other experts say the company is failing to address the root cause of an epidemic of workplace injuries across its fulfillment centers.

In the midst of workplace-safety citations and the rollout of new safety programs, the rate of serious injuries at Amazon's facility in DuPont, Washington, fell by nearly 27% in 2021, data from internal reports shows.

While that's a hopeful sign, Amazon is a long way from its goal of becoming Earth's Safest Place to Work. DuPont warehouse staff members are roughly six times as likely to get hurt as employees in non-Amazon warehouses across the US, according to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Nationwide, serious injury rates at all Amazon warehouses are double the industry average.

E-commerce warehouses have boomed in the past decade, providing millions of new blue-collar jobs. Amazon dominates the industry by promising faster deliveries than any major rival. That success has created a new wave of workplace injuries, such as strains and sprains, that are associated with fast-paced, repetitive motion.

The injury crisis is partly behind a wave of union organizing at Amazon facilities. Lawmakers in three states have introduced legislation meant to address the problem. Some regulators, including in Amazon's home state of Washington, are pressing the company to slow down its warehouse operations to relieve pressure on workers. But that risks delaying deliveries, upsetting consumers, and - possibly - losing sales. businessinsider.com

Amazon-Kohl's Partnering?
Activists suggest Kohl's met with Amazon
Macellum Advisors seemed displeased with the idea of a meeting between Amazon and Kohl's. The activist investor expressed alarm over rumors of Kohl's leadership "flying to Seattle, Washington, where Amazon is headquartered," saying, "we hope the incumbents are not losing sight of their fiduciary duties."

The e-commerce giant for years has often been floated as an ideal candidate to take over Kohl's, and to some it seems even more logical now that the two have a working relationship, with the mid-tier department store handling Amazon returns at all of its stores. And Kohl's presence at strip-style shopping centers is seen by many as an ideal location setup for many of Amazon's brick-and-mortar stores. Those include not just bookstores and a variety of grocery stores, but also an apparel store that is likely to compete directly with Kohl's.

Along with location, Kohl's offers Amazon an opportunity to grow its Prime customer base, as just 62% of Kohl's customers are Prime members, and expand in apparel, which is the bulk of Kohl's business, according to Guggenheim analysts led by Robert Drbul. retaildive.com

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Customs Broker Arrested for Tax Evasion and Scheme to Defraud Japanese Retail Chain Out of $3.4M
SANTA ANA, California - A customs broker was arrested today on a federal grand jury indictment charging him with evading the payment of $1.5 million in taxes and engaging in a $3.4 million wire fraud scheme that overcharged a Japanese variety store client on customs duties.

Frank Seung Noah, 59, of Corona, Noah owned and operated Comis International Inc., a logistics and supply-chain company based out of Cerritos, which offered customs import brokerage services on behalf of businesses. From 2007 to 2019, Comis was a customs import broker for Daiso, a Japan-based variety and value store with stores in the United States, including Southern California.

From March 2016 until February 2019, Noah - acting through Comis - paid customs import duty fees to U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Daiso's behalf. Noah then allegedly submitted invoices to Daiso that fraudulently inflated the customs import duty fees that Noah had paid to CBP. As a result of Noah's scheme, Daiso paid the inflated invoices, causing Noah to fraudulently obtain a total of at least approximately $3,379,774, the indictment alleges.

From 2014 to 2017, Noah allegedly cashed more than $7 million in checks instead of depositing the funds into his personal or business bank accounts to conceal his control over such funds.

If convicted of all charges, Noah would face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for the tax evasion count and 20 years in prison for each wire fraud count. justice.gov

Palo Alto, CA: With $500 worth of stolen bras under his clothes, a man is arrested at Stanford Shopping Center
Police say he and a woman, both from southern California, were part of organized retail theft operation and had $18,000 in goods in the car. A sharp-eyed Victoria's Secret worker at Stanford Shopping Center on Thursday helped to nab two people from southern California who police say stole $18,000 worth of merchandise from various stores in an organized retail theft operation. Shoplifting is considered "organized retail theft" under California penal code when merchandise is stolen from one or more retailers with the intent to sell, exchange or return the merchandise for value.

Palo Alto police at 6:43 p.m. on Feb. 10 received a call reporting in-progress shoplifting at the Victoria's Secret store at the shopping center at 180 El Camino Real, according to a department press release. A store employee told police a man was stuffing merchandise down his pants to conceal it as he appeared to shop with a female accomplice. Police said the pair then left the store without paying for the items and went to their vehicle. A store employee followed them. Police officers were able to detain the pair, a 59-year-old man from Van Nuys and 62-year-old woman from North Hollywood, in their vehicle without incident. Investigators determined the man shoplifted more than $500 worth of bras from Victoria's Secret.

Following a search of the vehicle, police located several trash bags filled with suspected stolen property. Police said there were almost 400 separate pieces of name-brand clothing from Express, Hollister and J. Crew valued at more than $18,000 recovered. Investigators are still working to determine where and when most of the clothing was stolen but have confirmed some was taken from a Victoria's Secret in Fresno on Feb. 8. almanacnews.com

Forest Lake, MN: Thief busts through wall of Forest Lake gaming store, steals $250,000 of Pokémon products
For the last year and a half, everything Pokémon has been a huge hit with customers at Punch Out Gaming in Forest Lake. "If it says Pokémon on it, it sells... Pokémon is literally the hottest thing right now," said Eric Johnson, who owns the store with his twin brother. Early Thursday morning, trading cards and games were flying off the shelves, but not in a good way. Caught on the gaming store's surveillance cameras, a thief broke into a vacant store next door to Punch Out Gaming and busted through the shared wall. "They broke through the walls, crawled through, and took all the sealed product out of there," said Johnson. Over the course of about two hours, they emptied out two entire storage rooms full of Pokémon products, but never opened the door that would have tripped the store's alarm system. After completing inventory, Johnson estimates they made off with $250,000 worth of merchandise. "He must have had help because there were a lot of boxes," said Johnson. fox9.com

Update: Washington teen charged after Burglarizing Ulta Beauty store, stealing $30,000 in merchandise
A Washington teenager has been accused of stealing almost $30,000 worth of goods from Ulta Beauty in late January. Demetrius L. Owens Jr., 19, has been charged with stealing $25,000 or more, a Class C felony, and second-degree burglary, a Class D felony. On Jan. 25, officers with the Washington Police Department responded to a burglar alarm at Ulta Beauty on Charlotte's Way in Washington where they found a shattered front door and discovered that numerous bottles of cologne and perfume had been stolen, according to a probable cause statement filed by the police department. emissourian.com

Portland Man Faces Federal Charges for Stealing 47 Firearms from Pawn Shop
Kory Dean Boyd, 38, has been charged by criminal complaint with stealing firearms from a federal firearm licensee and illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon.

Boyd and several accomplices used a sledgehammer to break into a local pawn shop and steal forty-seven firearms.

On January 31, 2022, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) were notified of a burglary at a Southeast Portland pawn shop. Early that morning, shop owners discovered two large holes in a concrete block wall on the building's exterior and concrete debris littering the inside of the business. The room exposed by the holes contained dozens of firearms, 47 of which-including pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns-were reported stolen.

ATF agents reviewed exterior surveillance video from the pawn shop and observed two vehicles and five individuals present near the holes in the building during the late evening and early morning hours of January 29 and 30, 2022. Two individuals carried a large-handled tool believed to be a sledgehammer. Several other individuals were seen carrying long firearm cases to the vehicles.

Boyd was arrested without incident and admitted to his involvement in the burglary. Boyd's four accomplices are still at large. 38 of the firearms stolen from the pawn shop have yet to be recovered by law enforcement. justice.gov

Roseville, CA: 3 Arrested After Dick's Sporting Goods Smash and Grab Theft
Three people are in custody after stealing from a sporting good's store and leading police on a chase in Roseville, police said Friday evening. According to the Roseville Police Department, the trio of thieves struck the Dick's Sporting Goods store on Stanford Ranch Road and Fairway Drive. The suspects fled in a vehicle but authorities were able to catch up to them on Highway 65 near the Roseville Galleria. All three were stopped and taken into custody. Roseville police said the value of the items stolen is unknown at this time. sacramento.cbslocal.com

Update: Albuquerque, NM: Man stole $50K in sunglasses, warrant says
Authorities say a man stole more than $50,000 in sunglasses in 11 robberies over three months around Albuquerque, sometimes leading a duo or team of thieves during the brazen heists. Isaiah Martinez, 28, is charged with four counts of shoplifting between $500 and $2,500, seven counts of shoplifting between $2,500 and $20,000, and one count of battery. The state Attorney General's Office issued a warrant on Tuesday for Martinez's arrest. His criminal history includes arrests for shoplifting and drug possession, namely heroin, and more recently, fentanyl pills. According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Metropolitan Court: Between October and November 2021, loss prevention officers from Luxottica, the parent company of Sunglass Hut and LensCrafters, identified Martinez as the man who had stolen "tens of thousands of dollars" worth of glasses from their stores when they found him selling the glasses on Facebook Marketplace. "Following this identification, Martinez continued to commit theft after theft," according to the affidavit. Between Oct. 31 and Jan. 27, agents documented 11 robberies allegedly committed by Martinez, most of them at the Sunglass Hut at Coronado Center. abqjournal.com

Update: Boston, MA: Police seize some 50 dirt bikes, ATVs at self-storage place following investigation into bike smash-and-grab
Boston Police report seizing "approximately 50 dirt bikes and other all-terrain vehicles" at Roslindale Self Storage, 44 Lochdale Rd. on Friday. The Attleboro Sun-Chronicle reports investigators were led to the dead-end storage place as part of an investigation into a burglary at a motor-bike shop in Seekonk on Feb. 2. Some guys smashed in the front windows of the shop, then stole a number of dirt bikes, all valued at around $10,000 each. universalhub.com

Nashville, TN: Officials arrest man for stealing over $1,000 of copper wire from The Home Depot

Macon County, IL: Police seek to identify man in Menards retail theft case

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Shootings & Deaths

Macon, GA: 2 dead after shooting at east Macon convenience store
Two men are dead after a shooting at a Macon convenience store Sunday night. According to Bibb Coroner Leon Jones, it happened around 9:30 p.m. at the Quick Serve convenience store on Emery Highway. Jones says the two were pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the shooting. He identified the victims as 32-year-old Trey Smith and 27-year-old Debarius Sanford. Investigators are still trying to figure out what led up to the shooting. 13wmaz.com

Philadelphia, PA: Man found stabbed to death outside a Wawa
Police say the stabbing happened early Monday on South Columbus Boulevard. According to authorities, a customer thought the man was asleep at the time but when police arrived, they found the man found stabbed to death. The man's car was running and the man's foot was still firmly on the brake. The circumstances surrounding the stabbing remain uncertain as well. A weapon was not found at the scene and no arrests have been made at this time. fox29.com

Willingboro, NJ: Police identify man, 19, shot and killed outside Pizza Restaurant
Officials in Burlington County announced Saturday that a man was shot and killed in a parking lot in a Willingboro shopping center. The investigation began after officers were called to the Kennedy Plaza in the 400 block of John F. Kennedy Way just after 7:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived they found the body of 19-year-old Adam Janson in the parking lot in front of a pizza shop. According to authorities, Janson was known to reside in the Burlington City and Burlington Township area. No arrests have been made at this time. fox29.com

Houston, TX: Security Officer Murdered During Robbery
A security officer was shot and killed during a game room robbery overnight in southeast Houston. Houston police tweeted about the incident at about 1:30 a.m. and said it happened in the 6300 block of Long Drive. Houston Police spokesman Kese Smith confirmed Saturday that a 33-year-old man was discovered at the scene and transferred to Ben Taub Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Robbery appears to be the motive of the shooting at 6333 Long Drive appeared to be robbery, Smith said in a phone call. The suspects include three or four men wearing dark clothes who fled to a waiting S.U.V, he added. Game rooms such as this one are frequent targets of robbery and at least six security officers have been killed in similar robberies during the past three years. khou.com

Concord, NC: Police shoot, kill car dealership burglary suspect
Police in North Carolina say an officer shot and killed a burglary suspect Sunday after a confrontation at a car dealership. Concord Police say an officer on patrol discovered a burglary in process Sunday around 5 a.m. at a Nissan dealership on Concord Parkway. Police say the officer observed a white male suspect trying to steal a vehicle. According to police, the suspect ignored multiple commands to stop what he was doing and a physical confrontation ensued. It was then that the officer shot the suspect. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. thetelegraph.com

Bear, DE: One man shot and killed outside LA Fitness Center
Delaware State Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Thursday night outside a Bear area gym. On Thursday night at about 9:40 p.m., Delaware State Police were called to the parking lot of Esporta (LA Fitness) at 900 Eden Circle.. The investigation determined the 22-year-old male victim from New Castle, exited the center and was approaching his vehicle in the parking lot when an unknown suspect began shooting at the victim. Multiple spent shell casings were recovered from the scene. delawarebusinessnow.com

St. Louis, MO: Police shoot, injure a Currency Exchange robbery suspect
Police officers shot a robbery suspect who fired at them in the 900 block of North Grand Sunday morning, officers said. Chief John Hayden told reporters at the scene of the robbery that police were called at 8:42 a.m. about a hold-up at at the Currency Exchange on North Grand Boulevard. A man entered the check cashing store while two patrons were inside, handed a note to the teller and displayed a handgun, Hayden said. The teller ran to the back of the store and no money was taken, he said. Two police officers arrived as the suspect was leaving, and the man fired at them, Hayden said. The officers fired back, shooting the suspect in the right leg. The man was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition. The officers were not injured, Hayden said. One officer is 33 with five years of experience, the other is 35 with three months of experience, he said. stltoday.com

Philadelphia, PA: At least 20 shots fired at delivery driver in Queen Village
Police say a food delivery driver was caught in a hail of gunfire Friday night in Queen Village. According to investigators, the 31-year-old driver was making a delivery on the 900 block of North 5th Street just after 9 p.m. when at least one shooter got out of a car and opened fire. Philadelphia Inspector D.F. Pace told reporters that at least 20 shots were fired at the victim's car. Officers from the Philadelphia Police Department who were patrolling nearby heard the gunfire and rushed to the location where they found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, Pace said. The officers drove him to Jefferson Hospital where he was initially admitted in critical condition but was upgraded to stable. No arrests were reported immediately following the shooting.  fox29.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Miami Gun Shop Selling Machine Guns With Silencers & No Serial Numbers
1 Busted in Miami Gun Shop Burglary Crew

South Florida Federally Licensed Gun Shop Owner and Employee Charged with Illegal Sale of Unregistered Fully Automatic Short-Barreled Rifles and Other Firearms
Miami, Florida -- Miami federal prosecutors have charged the owner of a South Florida federally licensed gun shop, along with another of the shop's operators, with various federal firearms crimes relating to illegal cash sales of unregistered machine guns, silencers, and other devices.

Defendant Manuel Reguiera, 50, owns Miami Gun Shops, Inc, a federally licensed firearms store, and operates it with Defendant Anderson Rabel, 38. According to the criminal complaint affidavit, on different dates from November 2021 to January 2022, defendants stored, sold and, in some cases, assembled fully automatic short-barreled rifles, AR-style pistols, and silencers. None of the rifles, pistols, or silencers had serial numbers, the weapons were all sold for cash, and code words were used when speaking about the illegal firearms over the telephone, says the affidavit. It is alleged that in connection with these weapons sales, Reguiera and Rabel failed to complete federally required paperwork, failed to initiate background checks on the buyer, and even failed to check the buyer's identification, all of which federal law requires.

The criminal complaint affidavit also alleges that Reguiera sold "switch" devices. When installed, a switch allows a firearm to expel more than one bullet by a single pull of the trigger, turning the weapon into a fully automatic machine gun. justice.gov

Albuquerque, NM: Man arrested after 11 stabbed throughout Albuquerque
Police in Albuquerque arrested a man suspected of stabbing 11 people, leaving two critically injured, at multiple locations in the city, authorities said. Officers responded to a report of a stabbing downtown around 11:15 a.m. Sunday. A man suffered a laceration to his hand and was treated at a local hospital, the Albuquerque Police Department said in a statement. Police said the suspect rode a bike and was armed with a large knife. About two miles east, near the University of New Mexico, police received another call about a person who was stabbed in the arm. The victim was taken to the hospital, police said. A third stabbing occurred in front of an apartment building around 1 p.m., police said, and a fourth incident was reported nearby in which a man was stabbed in the neck. Police said another call came about a suspect attempting to stab customers at a convenience store. Officers arrived and found "multiple stabbing victims," the statement said. Additional calls came in about two more stabbings. The victims were taken to several hospitals and are all in stable condition. Two victims were critically injured and some were treated and released, police said. Spokesman Gilbert Gallegos told TV station KRQE that the stabbings "appear to be random ... There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason at this point," he said. fox29.com

NYC police hunt shoplifting suspect who allegedly punched Duane Reade employee, threw her to the ground
Police in New York City are searching for a man accused of attacking a Duane Reade employee who confronted him for allegedly stealing items out of a freezer at the Manhattan convenience store. NYPD Crime Stoppers shared images of the suspect wanted for a robbery that happened around 10:27 a.m. Friday inside the Duane Reade located on Broadway and West 111th Street in Morningside Heights. The New York City Police Department said the unknown man entered the store and removed items from a freezer. As he began to place them in his bag, he was approached by a 21-year-old female store employee, who asked him to place the items back, police said.  newsweek.com

Muncie, IN: Teen sentenced to six years for C-Store Armed Robbery



Los Angeles, CA: IPR Center seizes $97.8M in counterfeit sports merchandise during annual Operation Team Player
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), the National Football League (NFL), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Los Angeles Sheriff Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced that more than 267, 511 counterfeit sports-related items, worth an estimated $97.8 million, were seized during Operation Team Player. Operation Team Player is a year-round effort developed by the IPR Center to crackdown on the illegal importation of counterfeit sports apparel and entertainment merchandise. "Although the scale of global intellectual property theft and intellectual property rights violations have increased with the rapid growth of e-commerce platforms, law enforcement efforts have remained laser focused on disrupting supply chains to stop the flow of illicit goods into the United States," said Steve Francis, Acting Executive Associate Director for HSI. "Our collaboration with the NFL is one critical step in our global effort to prevent criminals from profiting from unsuspecting consumers through the sale of counterfeit trademarked sports apparel and merchandise."  ice.gov




AT&T - Hiawatha, IA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Talladega, AL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Cleveland, OH - Armed Robbery
C-Store - NYC - NY - Robbery
C-Store - Kennewick, WA - Burglary
CVS - Bibb County, GA - Armed Robbery
Car Dealership - Concord, NC - Burglary / Suspect killed
Check Cashing - St Louis, MO - Armed Robbery / Shooting
Collectables - Forest Lake, MN - Burglary
Dick's - Roseville, CA - Robbery
Dollar Tree - La Grange, IL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Carson City, NV - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Los Angeles, CA - Burglary
Guns - Macon County, IL - Burglary
Guns - Lacy Lakeview, TX - Burglary
Macy's - Nassau County, NY - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Alpharetta, GA - Burglary
Jewelry - Tacoma, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Arcadia, CA -Robbery
Jewelry - Aurora, CO - Robbery
Jewelry - Southaven, MS -Robbery
Jewelry - Sumner, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Northridge, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - York, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed

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