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February's Moving Ups

27 New Senior LP's - 20 Promotions - 7 Appointments

ALTO promoted Sofia Rosende, LPQ, to Regional Vice President Operations
ALTO promoted Kevin Fenske, LPQ, to Regional Vice President Operations
ALTO promoted Lourdes Saldana, LPQ to Director Operations
ALTO promoted Jesus Lopez, LPQ to Operations Manager
ALTO promoted Mark Sliwa, LPQ to Operations Manager
ALTO promoted Duncan Miller, LPQ to Operations Manager
ALTO promoted Xochitl Carrion to Lead Attorney
ALTO promoted Jeremiah Wood, LPQ to Senior Business Analyst
ALTO named Jimmie Hernandez, ret NYPD Lt., as Senior Advisor
ASIS International named Lisa DuBrock Chair of the ASIS Professional Standards Board
Gap Inc. named Melissa Lauricello, CFI, CFCI Senior Manager, Asset Protection Investigations
Herbl Solutions named Dan Nesselroth, CFI, PCI Director of LP and Safety
The Home Depot promoted James Peterson to Sr. Manager Asset Protection
InstaKey promoted Tiana Davis to Director of Client Services
InstaKey promoted Rikki Acosta to Senior Account Manager
InstaKey promoted Jamie Peffer to Senior Account Manager
InstaKey promoted Sondra Michelin to Senior Account Manager
Oportun named Sandra Chandler, CPP, LPC, CFI Senior Manager, Global Security
Peloton promoted Jose Montoya, CFI to Senior Program Manager, Global Security Operations
Securitas Electronic Security appoints Carlose Estes to Senior Director of Monitoring Operations
Shoe Carnival promoted Gil Fennell, III to Regional Loss Prevention Director
SNIPES named Carlos E. Ortiz Director of Loss Prevention
Target promoted Peter Nwankwo to Director, Asset Protection - Global Supply Chain & Logistics
Target promoted Dalibor Kojovic to Assets Protection Director
Target promoted Jose Green to Sr Risk Manager Compliance and Food Safety
Ulta Beauty promoted Carolyn D to ORC Investigations Manager
Verizon promoted Pete Tsirakidis CFE to Programs & Project Management Corporate Security

Jose Montoya, CFI promoted to Senior Program Manager - Global Security Operations for Peloton

Jose has been with Peloton for nearly two years, starting in 2020 as Regional Loss Prevention Manager - NA Field Operations & Retail. Prior to his promotion to Senior Program Manager - Global Security Operations, he served as Senior Manager, Global Security Operations - NA Retail. Prior to joining Peloton, he held LP roles with Nestle Nespresso, Groupe Dynamite, REI, Lowe's, and IKEA. Congratulations, Jose!

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NRF to Host State of Retail & the Consumer Event

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 12 p.m. ET

Join NRF for the second annual State of Retail & the Consumer virtual event on the post-pandemic consumer and the future of retail.

The event will explore how consumer trends are driving retailers to align their businesses, and the products and services being offered to appeal to consumers in a post-pandemic era. In addition to the release of NRF's annual retail sales forecast, NRF will debut new research and polling data about consumers with political and economic influence as we head into the 2022 mid-term elections.

Hear from industry experts including NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay, NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., retail CEOs from major brands and market researchers.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

New York City's Theft Crisis Crushes Retailers
Retail Theft Rises, and N.Y.C. Small Business Owners Are Paying the Price

In New York City, neighborhood stores are struggling to confront the crimes that have cascaded from the disruptions of the pandemic.

Deborah Koenigsberger's shops are among businesses in New York City grappling with a rise in crimes that has cascaded from the disruptions of the last two years. The pandemic exacerbated job losses, mental illness and drug abuse, which law enforcement officials and business owners say has contributed to increasingly brazen behavior from people walking into neighborhood stores, from shoplifting to assaults.

The debate over the underlying causes has also focused on New York's bail laws, on a police force distracted by a spike in shootings and on online marketplaces where organized retail crews can easily sell stolen goods.

Last year, complaints of retail theft were about 16 percent higher than in 2019, according to the New York Police Department. But arrest rates have dropped, with about 28 percent of the complaints resulting in arrests last year, compared with 48.5 percent in 2019.

Safety worries could influence the willingness of commuters to go to work, whether that workplace is an investment bank or a bodega. Some small businesses are closing earlier at night because workers are afraid to stay late.

The city's new mayor, Eric Adams, is lobbying to toughen the state's bail laws, which were amended in 2019, allowing more people who had been arrested to remain free while their cases were pending. Law enforcement officials blame the changes for making it harder to keep certain defendants, like serial shoplifters, detained after an arrest.

"We can't have a city where our drugstores and bodegas and restaurants are leaving because people are walking into the stores, taking whatever they want on the shelves and walking out," Mr. Adams told the State Legislature recently.

The Police Department said one reason the arrest rate had dropped for retail thefts was because there was more stealing at stores without security guards who were willing to detain shoplifters. During the pandemic, organized crews nationwide also increasingly targeted retailers, stealing large quantities of merchandise to resell online. nytimes.com

Social Media: The Real ORC Accomplice
Is Social Media an Accomplice to New Organized Retail Crime?
Recent "spontaneous" smash-and-grab incidents, like the one at Nordstrom in San Francisco, have been anything but spontaneous. The impact of these events are more than simple theft and loss for retailers; they deter customers, disenfranchise employees, and add insurance costs.

The way those committing theft, robbery and crime have adopted technology has become a new form of organized crime. These individuals can roust or "crowdsource" a flash mob using online and social media platforms to incite unrest, perform "smash and grab" pop-up crime events, or even instigate a protest march to cover a criminal activity. Their targets don't appear to interfere with real organized crime, and the people committing these disturbing acts are using sites like eBay and Craigslist as their "fences" to cash out, right out in the open.

The Challenge

There are a considerable number of access control and surveillance solutions available in the marketplace. Unfortunately, adding more surveillance technology has its limits. If a camera sees a crime taking place, it's too late to prevent the crime from happening. Cameras are useful to monitor remote areas and facilities off hours. However, if the place of business is open and someone appears with a weapon or a crowd appears to commit a crime, it's too late for the security person monitoring the cameras to trigger a reaction fast enough to alert people on site to prevent anything from happening. If they were able to anticipate the event, they could be better prepared to prevent a situation. The challenge is how to both prevent an event and discourage it from happening at all. New technologies are needed to help security professionals discover the planning and identify the organizers.

Finding Solutions

It seems the crime sponsors are two steps ahead of their victims and using different technologies that keep them under the radar with the ability to execute effectively. What if retailers start using the same technology as the villains? How about monitoring the place where the posts are made - and not just one channel, but all of them? What about correlating posts from multiple and disparate sources to discover a potential threat or the intention to commit a crime? There's technology that connects the dots, correlates and alerts the security professional to a potential event. Platforms exist that discover the posts that point to the intention to commit. mytotalretail.com

Big City ORC Audit - Just a Political Blame Game?
Op-Ed: With Seattle's retail theft on the rise, city erects barrier from blame with shoplifting audit
The Seattle Police Department claims that retail theft case referrals have declined over the last two years, referencing a retail policy direction of a "hands-off approach" due to employee safety and liability concerns. Simultaneously, the Seattle City Council reports that the overall volume of retail theft has increased, citing the more prevalent use of online marketplaces for selling stolen goods.

Are we going to be changing our policies? Are we going to be arresting people when they try to steal a flat-screen TV? Are we going to be arresting somebody when they steal $500 worth of goods? No. We're going to get an auditor.

The council's solution is to commission the city auditor to examine "the current state of organized retail crime in Seattle ... and potential opportunities for the City to better address organized retail crime." Councilmembers Andrew Lewis and Lisa Herbold announced Tuesday that the audit of organized retail crime is in its preliminary stage.

This audit will examine the state of organized retail crime in the city, look at strategies other jurisdictions are using to address the issues, and develop ways the city might potentially better address these types of crime. I have the craziest idea: What if you just let the police do their job?

The council is trying to put a barrier from blame between them and crime, shifting responsibility from the policies they encourage. Instead, the auditor produces the answers: income inequality, or perhaps lack of affordable housing.

It's a very clever move. It's also a political move. This is dirty politics, not something to be celebrated. This is actually a cruel joke. mynorthwest.com

Shoplifting Rehab Across the Pond
Rehabilitation scheme stops millions of pounds of shoplifting

A pilot scheme in the West Midlands to stop serial shoplifters has been so successful it has prevented £2m of thefts in six months

The scheme concentrates on rehabilitating offenders who have drug and alcohol issues. Tom McNeil, the West Midlands assistant PCC, told the all-party parliamentary group on retail crime this week that the initiative was a partnership between police, rehabilitation centres and retailers.

He said: "It's not about being soft, the process is still about justice and safety of the public first. But it's also about taking a multi-faceted approach so that repeat offenders can get the help they need to change their ways, rather than being passed around from one organisation to another."

NFRN national president Narinder Randhawa, whose business is based in the West Midlands, welcomed the news. He said: "Retail crime, whether it is shop thefts or attacks on shopworkers, is one of the biggest issues facing our industry, so I am pleased to see the West Midlands PCC and police taking steps to address the problem."

"I hope other PCCs and forces take note and follow the example set by the West Midlands in a bid to break the cycle of repeat offending." talkingretail.com

NYC's Crime Wave
Op-Ed: Adams needs to do more, and faster, to halt soaring NYC crime
When it comes to combatting soaring crime, especially in the city's subways, Mayor Eric Adams needs to start chugging along a lot faster - stat.

On Monday, Adams rolled out his comprehensive subway safety plan to a slow start, especially after a violent holiday weekend that included a string of stabbings and an assault with a metal pole.

Adams describes his plan's no-nonsense goal as two-pronged: crack down on subway rule-breakers and get vagrants into shelters. The plan involves mobilizing 30 specialized teams of cops, homeless-outreach workers and behavioral clinicians into high-priority stations.

Crime and the economy are the top issues in New York voters' minds and the controversy over the Democrat-approved law eliminating cash bail for many crimes is a potential liability for Gov. Kathy Hochul and her party, according to the survey conducted by Triton Polling Research and obtained by The Post.

Asked if Hochul should overturn the progressive bail law - 63.5 percent agreed, while only 18.5 percent disagreed, with the rest of the 777 respondents having no opinion. Of that total, nearly half the voters - 46 percent - "strongly" agreed the bail law should be changed. nypost.com

DOJ's 'Project Safe Neighborhoods'
'Project Safe Neighborhoods' forming in Portsmouth to curb violence
"The Safety Neighborhood Project is a project that began some 20 years ago and it's around the country," explained Turner. "It's in all 50 states, but it's to help neighborhoods combat safety and violent issues within their communities."

Project Safe Neighborhoods is in cities like Detroit. Now, it's also starting up in Portsmouth.

The United States Justice Department program describes itself as "a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community leaders, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them."

"It's a challenging time for the city of Portsmouth," said Turner. "This is our way of saying we're tired of the nonsense, we're tired of the violence, we're tired of the shooting, but we can't look at anybody else to solve it. We have to be a part of the solution."

A major goal of the initiative is to incorporate research and data analysis, and lessons learned from other violent crime reduction initiatives, to inform its decision-making on the most effective violence reduction strategies. wavy.com

'The Old West': Changing the Definition of Law Enforcement
Tenn. bill would classify some gun owners as 'law enforcement'
A Tennessee bill that seeks to expand gun rights has drawn concern, criticism and confusion among police officers and others. According to WREG, the bill would expand the state's definition of "law enforcement officer" to include non-sworn citizens who hold certain gun permits. One firearms instructor even likened the bill to a "regression to the Old West," ABC News reported.

County officials worried the legislation could create problems for police. "It would create confusion and unnecessary chaos for law enforcement officers," said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich to WREG.

According to the report, the bill would allow citizens with enhanced handgun carry permits to take guns into private businesses that ordinarily prohibit firearms. Rep. Chris Hurt, one of the bill's sponsors, says the bill doesn't mean ordinary gun holders will get law enforcement powers.

Hurt says the bill has been the subject of "much confusion" and he is working to "further clarify the language." police1.com

San Francisco's Union Square to Lose Another Retailer
Crate & Barrel in San Francisco's Union Square to permanently close in March
The Crate & Barrel at 55 Stockton Street in Union Square will shutter on March 23, an employee told SFGATE on Sunday afternoon, and the store has already begun to roll out sample sales in order to liquidate its stock. When asked for the reason for the closure, the employee referred SFGATE to a spokesperson for the Illinois-based chain, which did not provide comment by time of publication.

But if previous retail closures are any indication - Abercrombie & Fitch, DSW, and two Walgreens have all shuttered in recent months - it's an ongoing battle for companies to keep their brick-and-mortar stores afloat as customers turn to online shopping alternatives. The Shops at Tanforan, a 51-year-old mall in San Bruno, is also closing soon to make way for a massive biotech campus and housing. sfgate.com

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Arson of 2 Retail Stores in St. Paul, Including Goodwill store
MINNEAPOLIS - A Rochester man who fled to Mexico to evade apprehension, and was later located and returned by Mexican authorities, has pleaded guilty to arson of two retail stores and a school during the summer of 2020. justice.gov

Seattle bakery closing downtown location over 'countless safety concerns'



COVID Update

552.5M Vaccinations Given

US: 80.5M Cases - 973.1K Dead - 53.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 436.3M Cases - 5.9M Dead - 366.9M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 349   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 670
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Change in reported COVID cases per 100k people in the last 2 weeks

Cases Drop 64%
COVID cases fall throughout the U.S.
COVID case rates continued to free-fall over the last two weeks, with most states now reaching 50 or fewer new cases of COVID per day.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging roughly 82,000 new COVID cases per day - a 64% drop over the past two weeks. The nation is averaging 25 new cases per 100,000 per day. Only six states (excluding Maine due to data anomalies) have 50 or more cases per 100,000.

Yes, but: There still are roughly 2,000 deaths from COVID in the U.S. a day, down 24% from two weeks ago. And several states have case rates that remain stubbornly high. Idaho and Kentucky saw cases drop 22% and 37% respectively, but still had at least 77 cases per 100,000 people. Alaska's cases dropped 65% over the last two weeks and its case rate was still at 75 cases per 100,000.

What to watch: The spread of an even more transmissible Omicron subvariant has raised lingering concerns we might not be done with Omicron surges just yet. axios.com

LA Retailers Have Mixed Reactions to Changing Mask Rules
Locals Divided On Relaxing Mandates As Indoor Mask Requirement Gets Lifted
Los Angeles County on Friday officially lifted its indoor mask mandate, nine days after California eased mask rules statewide. Under the new order, those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can go maskless in indoor public spaces such as restaurants, gyms and retail stores.

Unlike the state guidelines - which use an honor system in which patrons only need to self-attest to being vaccinated - L.A. County businesses will be required to ask patrons for proof of vaccination. Those who are unvaccinated will have to show a recent negative COVID test and still wear a mask, unless they're in the act of eating or drinking.

Long Beach and Pasadena, which both have their own health departments separate from L.A. County, will wait until Saturday to lift their indoor masking requirements. However, in those cities, like the rest of the state, businesses can allow patrons to simply self-attest. Nicky Hill, the owner of Your Good Neighbor restaurant in Studio City, told CBSLA Friday that she has made the decision to keep mask requirements in place for both customers and staff.

Keith Adams, co-owner of the Mardi Gras Tuesday restaurant in Sherman Oaks, told CBSLA Thursday the new L.A. County mandate puts his staff in an awkward position. Many were just happy for a little bit of normalcy returning to their day-to-day lives. The relaxation of the mask mandate marks the first time in nearly two years that Angelenos are essentially able to roam around freely without a mask, and the sudden change still has many feeling a little apprehensive. losangeles.cbslocal.com

NYC's Return to Normalcy
New York City says it will end indoor vax requirements & school mask mandate
Mayor Eric Adams announced on Sunday that New York City was poised to eliminate school mask mandates and vaccine requirements for restaurants, gyms and movie theaters, by March 7, if case numbers remain low.

The rollback of pandemic restrictions, which had served as a crucial weapon in the city's battle against the coronavirus, is a milestone that many hope will help to restore a sense of normalcy in the city and boost its economic recovery.

Mr. Adams has said for weeks that he is eager to remove virus-related restrictions across the city, including mask mandates in schools. In a statement on Sunday, he promised a final decision by Friday, saying: "I want to thank the millions of New Yorkers who have gotten vaccinated to help stop the spread. New Yorkers stepped up and helped us save lives by reaching unprecedented levels of vaccination."

The mayor said he wanted to give business owners time to adapt - a nod to the toll that the virus and related restrictions have taken on small businesses. Both Mr. Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul have focused on reviving the economy in New York City, where the unemployment rate has remained stubbornly high. nytimes.com

CDC Relaxes COVID-19-Related Masking Rules
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new COVID-19-related metrics that will allow many communities to ease their indoor masking requirements. Employers may have continuing obligations under state and local laws, but many localities are also relaxing their pandemic-related safety rules.

"With widespread population immunity, the overall risk of severe disease is now generally lower," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. "Now, as the virus continues to circulate in our communities, we must focus our metrics beyond just cases in the community and direct our efforts toward protecting people at high risk for severe illness and preventing COVID-19 from overwhelming our hospitals and our health care systems."

The CDC's new guidelines focus on the following factors:

New COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days.
New COVID-19-related hospital admissions.
The percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients.

The new guidance sorts counties into three groups: high, medium or low COVID-19 risk. Under the agency's guidance, indoor masking isn't necessary in areas with low risk. In areas with medium risk, the agency recommends that people talk to their health care providers about masking if they are immunocompromised or otherwise more likely to experience severe symptoms. The CDC recommends that people continue to wear masks in public, indoor settings in high-risk areas. shrm.org

Chicago Tribune: Masks can come off Monday in most places. After almost two years of COVID mandates, is this the end?
Masks still will be mandatory on public transportation and in places such as hospitals and day care centers, and businesses still can require them as they see fit.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided a backstop for the decision Friday by adjusting federal mask guidelines to focus less on COVID-19 cases and more on hospitalizations and health care capacity. The CDC eased previous recommendations that called for indoor masking across most of the country, mirroring recent moves by Pritzker and other Democratic governors but going further than Illinois by including schools in its new guidelines. chicagotribune.com

CDC suggests more time between 1st and 2nd COVID vaccine doses for some people. Here's why
On Tuesday, the CDC said it may be optimal for some people 12 and older to space out their first and second shots by eight weeks - especially for males ages 12 to 39.

There are about 33 million unvaccinated people in the U.S. between ages 12 to 39, she said.

About 35% of people ages 12 to 17 are unvaccinated, as are 25% of people ages 25 to 49. By contrast, 15% of people in their 40s are unvaccinated, as are just 8% of those between ages 50 and 64, and just 5% of those age 65 and older. latimes.com

Millions of COVID Tests Await the Next Surge
Nearly half of Biden's 500 million free COVID-19 tests still unclaimed
The White House says Americans have placed 68 million orders for packages of tests, which leaves about 46 percent of the stock of tests still available to be ordered.

Studies offer further evidence that the pandemic began in animals in Wuhan market


'Inventory Mountains' Caused Family Dollar Rat Infestation
Family Dollar rat infestation is unsurprising, retail consultant says, after witnessing chaotic inventory pile-up at its parent company's stores

Rat infestation led to Family Dollar closing more than 400 stores.

Family Dollar closed 404 stores this week after a US government agency investigation found 1,000 rodents at one of its distribution centers in Arkansas. The company on Friday announced that it was gradually reopening some of the stores.

News of these infestations didn't come as a surprise to everyone, however. Scott Mushkin, CEO of consultancy firm R5 Capital, told Insider that his team's recent visits to more than 50 of Family Dollar's parent company's stores, Dollar Tree, highlighted issues with chaotic backrooms and inventory pileups that could lead to rodent infestations.

"To call it chaotic is an understatement, there were inventory mountains," he said on a recent call. "I've never seen anything like what we witnessed in those back rooms ... there was plenty of cover for rodents to move around."

Mushkin's team created a report after visiting 50 Dollar Tree stores, which was shared with investment analysts and reviewed by Insider. The report shows stacks of boxes piled high in stock rooms at various Dollar Tree stores across the US.

"Store after store there were piles of inventory. In our opinion, there is a very low probability that the company fully understands its inventory position at the stores," the report said.  businessinsider.com

Russian Liquor Removed From Stores Amid Ukraine Invasion
Growing number of states banning Russian alcohol from state-owned retailers
In response to the war in Ukraine, Virginia has joined states across the country in banning Russian-made liquor from state-owned ABC stores - the sole retailer of distilled spirits in the commonwealth.

With the support of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority soon announced it was removing seven Russian-sourced vodka brands from its shelves while still offering a number of spirits with "Russian-themed monikers," including Stolichnaya and Smirnoff, that are produced elsewhere.

Utah, Ohio and New Hampshire have already done the same.

Bars across the country have removed Russian vodkas from their shelves as well and are instead featuring the lesser-known Ukrainian vodka Kozak.

Canadian officials have also ordered Russian liquor to be removed from stores, including in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Manitoba, while several international sports bodies have pulled their events from Russian cities. washingtonpost.com

Wage War Heats Up - Target Seeks to be 'Wage Leader in Every Market'
What's Walmart's Counterpunch?

Target Is Raising Its Minimum Wage to $24 an Hour in Some Markets
Target said it would pay some employees a higher starting wage and widen the range of people eligible for company health benefits, the latest move by the retail chain to attract and retain staff.

The Minneapolis-based retailer on Monday said its minimum hourly pay range would be between $15 and $24 for employees in its stores, supply-chain facilities and headquarters. The exact wage, Target said, will rely on industry benchmarking and local market dynamics, but that it seeks to be "a wage leader in every market where it operates."

Target said it would invest as much as $300 million in the bumps to pay and benefits for employees.

Starting in April the company is enabling store associates who work at least 25 hours a week to enroll in a Target medical plan, down from at least 30 hours a week. Target said the change will enable roughly 20% of staff to be newly eligible for the company's healthcare benefits. wsj.com

High-tech security can't stop theft, frisky patrons at employee-free businesses
Fledgling chains of high-tech gyms and recreational spots that don't have on-site employees are cropping up nationwide - and some are grappling with shoplifting and randy customers.

Their novel business model is employee-lite during a stubborn labor shortage - and they seized on a soft commercial real estate market during the height of the pandemic to secure locations at bargain prices.

One's a ping pong parlor where customers book a reservation with their phones and let themselves in - all unattended; another's a pool hall that works the same way.

But even landlords have questions about renting to businesses that have no one manning the store, conceded David Silberman, co-founder of PingPod, PingPod, which debuted in early 2020, has had to address some inappropriate behavior.

PingPod's security team interrupted the lovebirds via the intercom, "reminding them to keep it clean," Kogler said. "We'll 'voice down' [on the intercom] when things like that happen," he added.

Sticky-fingered customers have also made off with some of the merchandise that's for sale on-site, including $24 hats, $18 T-shirts, snacks and beverages.

Their nearly worker-free presence comes at a time when fast food restaurants, retailers and warehouses and delivery operations are relying more heavily on technology to replace hourly workers. nypost.com

Estée Lauder Fires Executive Group President John Demsey

Senior executive had posted a meme on his Instagram account that contained a racial slur and joke about Covid-19

Mr. Demsey, 65 years old, served as executive group president and oversaw some of the company's biggest brands including MAC and Clinique. He had been with the company 31 years. Mr. Demsey "was informed he must leave the company, effective this week," the memo said. An Estée Lauder spokeswoman said he agreed to retire. wsj.com

100 Starbucks File for Union Elections
Starbucks cafe in Mesa, Arizona, votes to unionize, dealing a blow to the coffee chain
It's now the third company-owned Starbucks location to vote in support of unionizing and the first outside of the Buffalo, New York, area.

To date, more than 100 Starbucks locations have filed for union elections, all within the last six months and doubling their count in the last month alone after victories in Buffalo. Those cafes represent a small fraction of Starbucks' U.S. footprint, which includes nearly 9,000 company-owned restaurants, but it's a sign that the restaurant industry could see its historically low unionization rate rise. cnbc.com

Foot Locker to open 300 community-centric "power stores" format, off-mall focus

Robots, robots everywhere - especially in the store

NRF Stresses Urgency with West Coast Port Contract Negotiations

American gun sales continue to surge, new research finds

Quarterly Results

Macy's Q4 comp's up 28.3% on owned basis and up 27.8% on an owned-plus-licensed basis versus Q4 2020: up 6.6% and up 6.1% versus Q4 2019
   Macy's Q4 Digital sales up 12% over Q4 2020, up 36% over Q4 2019

Macy's full year 2021 Comparable sales up 43.0% on an owned basis and up 42.9% on an owned-plus-licensed basis versus 2020; up 3.1% and up 3.0%, respectively, versus 2019.
   Macy's full year 2021 Digital sales increased 13% versus 2020 and increased 39% versus 2019.

Foot Locker Q4 comp's up 0.8%, total sales up 6.9%, FY 2021 comp's up 15.4%, total sales up 18.7%

Etsy Q4 sales up 16.2%

Bath & Body Works Q4 sales up 11%, FY 2021 total sales up 22%

Canada's: Loblaw Q4 sales up 2.8%, FY 2021 sales up 0.9%
   Retail Segment Q4 up 2.6%
   Food Retail (Loblaw) Q4 comp's up 1.1%, FY 2021 sales up 0.3%
   Drug Retail (Shoppers Drug Mart) Q4 comp's up 7.9%, FY 2021 sales up 5%
   E-commerce Q4 sales down 8.4%

SpartanNash Q4 corp-owned stores comp's up 7.3%, sales up 0.2%, FY 2021 down 4.5%

Sprouts Farmers Markets Q4 comp's down 1.1%, sales down 7%, FY 2021 comp's down 6.7%, sales down 6%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director of AP Operations job posted for Burlington in Burlington, New Jersey
As the Director of Asset Protection Operations, you will lead a team that applies analytical and critical thinking skills to solve complex business challenges and deliver the most effective analysis, recommendations, and execution to reduce shortage. This position requires at least ten years of relevant retail work experience with exposure to operations, shortage control and project management. burlingtonstores.jobs

Sr Manager, ORC Investigations job posted for Macy's in North Wales, PA
Proactively identify organized retail crime (ORC) activity and trends. Develop strategies to reduce organized retail criminal activity against Macy's. Perform other duties as assigned. Leads, manages and coordinates investigations into Organized Criminal Activity. Utilize field surveillance tactics to develop and validate ORC investigations into persons and establishments of interest. ebwh.fa.us2.oraclecloud.com

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ORC Audit in Seattle
Seattle Councilmembers Announce Audit to Address Organized Retail Crime

Two Seattle City Councilmembers want to try a new approach to stop organized shoplifting rings and it starts by auditing current efforts.

Councilmembers Andrew J. Lewis and Lisa Herbold announced today the City Auditor is beginning work on an audit of organized retail crime (ORC). Since the pandemic, downtown Seattle has been adversely affected by organized retail crime. In response, this audit will examine:

the current state of organized retail crime in Seattle;
emerging practices from other jurisdictions; and,
potential opportunities for the City to better address organized retail crime.

Organized retail crime is a subset of overall retail theft that involves organized efforts to steal and resell high-value items, often through online marketplaces. During the pandemic, the characteristics of retail crime have shifted, and there is emerging evidence that ORC has increased during the pandemic due, in part, to increased use of online marketplaces for selling stolen goods. Several national retail organizations agree that ORC is more effectively dealt with away from the stores and at the level of the people reselling the stolen goods. council.seattle.gov  komonews.com

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Russian Cyber Attacks Could Impact Retailers
What a Potential Wave of Russian Cyber Attacks Could Mean for Retailers
President Biden is imposing sanctions against Russia - including export blocks on certain technology - in an effort to help end its conflict with Ukraine sooner rather than later. However, the government is aware that these actions could prompt a negative response in the form of destructive software attacks from Russia.

As such, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is making the U.S. hyper-vigilant of potential cyber attacks on businesses and consumers.

"We're seeing cyber warfare rearing its ugly head here," said Brian Marks, a senior lecturer of economics and business at the University of New Haven who warned of the potential damages cyber attacks could have on businesses as well as consumers.

In light of the threat, the Department of Homeland Security is encouraging businesses and organizations of all sizes to bolster their cyber resilience and security capabilities.

These attacks, the agency said on an information page on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) website, "may have consequences for our own nation's critical infrastructure, a potential we've been warning about for months."

As such, CISA and other business groups are encouraging businesses to prepare their organizations in the event of cyber, ransomware and malware attacks.

"Russian nationalist hackers, as well as their cyber army, are going to be targeting U.S. companies to harm our economic welfare if President Biden orders additional and necessary sanctions and actions," wrote the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America in a letter to members, warning that these attacks could hit "shoe companies of all sizes."

According to FDRA, since most of these attacks will occur via email, people should avoid any suspicious looking emails from unknown sources and take time to backup all data.

Elements of this Eastern European conflict are already having ramifications in the U.S. American stock markets sank Thursday morning after Russia launched an invasion on Ukraine, though they ended the day in positive territory after remarks from President Biden. footwearnews.com

Russia-Friendly Ransomware Group Promises Retaliation
Conti ransomware group announces Russia support, threatens cyberattacks
An infamous ransomware group with potential ties to Russian intelligence and known for attacking health care providers and hundreds of other targets posted a warning Friday saying it was "officially announcing a full support of Russian government."

The gang said that it would use "all possible resources to strike back at the critical infrastructures" of any entity that organizes a cyberattack "or any war activities against Russia." The message appeared Friday on the dark-web site used by ransomware group Conti to post threats and its victims' data. Security researchers believe the gang to be Russia-based.

Conti ransomware was part of more than 400 attacks against mostly U.S. targets between spring 2020 and spring 2021, the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the FBI reported in September.

After the initial post got some attention, the message posted to the site was modified to exclude the threat against critical infrastructure. It adds that Conti does "not ally with any government and we condemn the ongoing war," saying that the threat to use its "full capacity to deliver retaliatory measures" remains as a response to "Western warmongering and the American threats to use cyber warfare against the citizens of Russian Federation."

In May 2021 the FBI warned that Conti was involved in at least 16 ransomware attacks targeting U.S. health care and first-responder networks in the previous year. The FBI warning came after Conti ransomware was used to attack Ireland's Health Service Executive, which caused some medical procedures to be canceled and a COVID-19 vaccine portal to shut down - and could ultimately cost the system more than $112 million, an Irish news outlet reported this week. cyberscoop.com

3 biggest cyber risks from the Ukraine-Russia conflict

The threat of cyberattacks crossing Ukrainian and Russian borders is real, and these are the most likely risks that businesses need to consider.

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is reason enough for all CISOs to place their teams at a heightened state of alert and readiness in the event of deleterious cyber actions by nation-state actors or the cybercriminal groups. Three areas that should be reviewed immediately are preparation for cyberattacks, supply chain disruption, and business continuity concerns.

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NBC News reported on February 24, that the White House had been provided a plethora of cyber options which could be used against Russia, which included disrupting the internet, attacking infrastructure and transportation networks, which was sourced to "two U.S. intelligence officials, one Western intelligence official, and another person briefed on the matter."

It is important to remember that nation-state activities targeting the United States or entities within the U.S. are not limited to the combatants. Indeed, on the morning of February 24, CISA/FBI/NSA/NCSC issued a joint alert highlighting the cyber operations of APT actor MuddyWater whose actions are in direct support of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) targeting global government and commercial networks.

Global supply chain disruption

Global sanctions against Russia include prohibition on the shipment of certain technologies to Russia. That is the most obvious form of interruption, the customer is prohibited from receiving your company's goods. Other forms of supply chain disruption will take place as oil and gas availability is squeezed, causing both an increase in cost to deliver.

Furthermore, transportation lanes, air, land, and sea are disrupted by the conflict. Insurance costs for those required to transit areas in proximity will increase as well, highlighting the risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time - as evidenced by the multiple freighters which have been attacked in the Black Sea. csoonline.com

CISA Urges US Org's 'Shields Up'
CISA, FBI warn US orgs of WhisperGate and HermeticWiper malware

Both CISA and the FBI reiterated that there is no specific threat against US organizations.

New guidance on the WhisperGate and HermeticWiper malware strains was released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and FBI in a joint advisory this weekend.

The government agencies warned US organizations and companies to look out for WhisperGate and HermeticWiper after they were seen being used against organizations in Ukraine in the run-up to Russia's invasion of the country.

Both CISA and the FBI reiterated that there is no specific threat against US organizations.

CISA urged US organizations to take measures to protect themselves by enabling multifactor authentication, deploying antivirus and antimalware programs, enabling spam filters, updating all software and filtering network traffic.

The joint Advisory, "Destructive Malware Targeting Organizations in Ukraine," comes as CISA expanded its Shields Up webpage to include new services and resources, recommendations for corporate leaders and actions to protect critical assets.

CISA has also created a new Shields Up Technical Guidance webpage that provides more details on other cyberattacks facing Ukraine and technical resources to deal with threats. zdnet.com

CEO on the Run - 'BitConnect' was a "textbook Ponzi scheme"
Founder of cryptocurrency company BitConnect charged in $2.4-billion fraud
The founder of a cryptocurrency company was charged by a San Diego federal grand jury Friday in a wide-ranging indictment alleging he defrauded global investors out of more than $2.4 billion in what prosecutors said is believed to be the largest swindle of its kind ever criminally charged.

Satishkumar Kurjibhai Kumbhani, 36, a citizen and resident of Surat, India, is charged with numerous conspiracy counts relating to wire fraud, money laundering and commodities fraud, as well as one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. His whereabouts were unclear Friday night. latimes.com

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Rolling up your Sleeves

It's been a crazy couple of weeks globally, with many people seeking protection for their lives and liberty while others aim to take it away. Staying in the lane of the topic of "interviewing", there are some incredible displays of leadership being shown during this crisis - specifically out of Ukraine. As our hope is that this crisis ends peacefully for all the men and women involved, there is a sense of inspiration and positivity from some leaders across the world. Observing the actions and words of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, gave me a chance to reflect on the skills and passion of a true leader. Without commenting on political ideologies, it is apparent that Zelensky has "rolled up his sleeves" and is standing guard with the people of his country. His ability to motivate his team, work alongside them in the trenches while still maintaining composure and leadership is inspiring. Truth be told, these same skills can be imitated in the corporate world but are often missed by leaders who have forgotten what their team is experiencing each day.

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Online Fraud-Fighting Tools
Firms tackle ballooning BNPL fraud

In another sign of buy now-pay later's skyrocketing popularity, companies that tackle fraud are rolling out tools to address risk related to the payment option.

Where consumers go, fraudsters follow. The explosion of buy now-pay later popularity means it's become an increasingly vulnerable target for payments fraud.

As BNPL grows online and in stores - global transaction volume is expected to reach $680 billion by 2025, according to Insider Intelligence - more businesses have jumped on the bandwagon, from card companies to banks. Additionally, this burgeoning area of payments has prompted adaptations within the industry; credit bureaus, for example, have recently announced changes in response to BNPL's rise.

Another adjustment: More heightened awareness of fraud threats related to paying in installments. Experian's recent Future of Fraud forecast projected BNPL lenders are likely to see an uptick in identity theft and synthetic identity fraud this year.

With a lot at stake for merchants and lenders, this flurry of fraud activity in BNPL has prompted more action from companies looking to thwart deception in this payments space. Juniper Research estimated online payment fraud losses from 2021 to 2025 will amount to a cumulative $206 billion, and spending on fraud detection and prevention services will exceed $11.8 billion globally in 2025.

The current BNPL vetting structure, which typically involves soft pulls on a consumer's credit history, makes the payment method more vulnerable and susceptible to fraud, said Ashley Usher, chief integration and information officer at Fortis Payment Systems, a payments and commerce company headquartered in Novi, Michigan.

"The lack of credit checks allows fraudsters to purchase merchandise through stolen credit cards and even avoid completing the divided payments altogether," Usher said in an email. paymentsdive.com

The Rise of 'Dark Stores'
Online Shopping Is Reshaping Real-World Cities

The uptick of grocery delivery apps led to the rise of "dark stores": empty warehouses right in city centers. They're changing the design-and feel-of neighborhoods.

These ghost storefronts-often called "dark stores"-are warehouses in all but name, yet they look markedly different from the gargantuan spaces where older online grocery companies like FreshDirect store their goods. Traditional warehouses are zoned to regions outside of commercial districts, meaning they will be set apart from areas with lots of walking traffic. Dark stores are located in retail storefronts on main streets, near the heart of busy neighborhoods, but they serve only ecommerce customers. And they've gone from a niche phenomenon discussed largely in retail industry circles to a feature of major American cities. wired.com

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Milwaukee, WI: Organized retail theft; Wisconsin group taking action
Organized retail thefts are increasing across Wisconsin, and law enforcement and businesses are fed up - working together to stop the crime. "We understand the severity of what's going on right now across our country," said Grafton Police Chief Jeff Caponera. Law enforcement officers from all over southeastern Wisconsin are sitting down with retailers in an effort to combat crime. Officers say retail thefts have been on the rise for some time. "A lot of our crime in the village is retail theft related," Caponera said. For the first time, the Wisconsin Organized Retail Crime Association (WIORCA) hosted a conference Wednesday at the Kohl's Innovation Center. It allowed police and retailers to network, sharing stories and knowledge about thefts. "Having all of us together talking about this, sharing our ideas, sharing our struggles, will hopefully get us all together and put some faces to the names, so we can reach out and know who to talk to when we need help," said Caponera. fox6now.com

Two Philadelphia Men Convicted of Running Credit Card Fraud Ring Using 200,000+ Stolen Accounts
Malan Doumbia, 38, and Souleymane Diarra, 36, both of Philadelphia, PA, were convicted after trial of nine counts including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, in connection with a scheme to purchase stolen credit card numbers from the dark web, use the accounts to purchase consumer products, and then re-sell the products for cash.

As part of the scheme, the defendants worked with several associates to purchase large quantities of stolen credit card numbers off black market websites located in Russia, Ukraine, and elsewhere overseas. They then encoded the stolen card numbers onto blank cards here in Philadelphia, and employed a network of runners who used the stolen credit card numbers to buy large quantities of gift cards and other items which could be quickly resold for cash, like Apple products, cigarettes, and diapers. When the United States Secret Service searched the defendants' homes, agents found numerous computers, tablets, cell phones, re-encoding machines, card readers, and more than 200,000 stolen credit card numbers. justice.gov

4th Conspirator Pleads Guilty in Amazon Rental Program Fraud
Portage Man Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft Related To Amazon's Textbook Rental Program
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - Geoffrey Mark Hays Talsma, 36, of Portage, Michigan, pled guilty in the United States District Court in Lansing, Michigan, to charges of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. Talsma is the fourth and last individual to plead guilty to charges of defrauding Amazon's Textbook Rental Program.

January 2016 to March 2021, Talsma defrauded Amazon by using the internet to create numerous Amazon accounts and email accounts to rent textbooks and sell the textbooks for a profit when he should have returned the textbooks or paid the agreed upon buy-out price. Talsma caused Amazon to ship the textbooks through the United States Postal Service or across state lines using private commercial carriers. He concealed his fraudulent activities in part by recruiting and paying unwitting individuals to accept shipments of stolen textbooks at their homes so that Amazon would not detect a pattern of large volumes of books going to locations associated with him. Over time, Talsma taught some of these same individuals his scheme to defraud and actively supervised their participation in the fraud. Defendant shared the profits of the fraud scheme with these individuals after he sold the textbooks over the internet and at various bookstores, including a bookstore in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Additionally, according to the plea agreement, Talsma also ordered rental textbooks in the names of unwitting individuals and then pretended to be those individuals when calling Amazon and falsely claiming that he did not receive the textbooks. Talsma then received a credit from Amazon that he used to order further textbooks.

Talsma's sentencing is scheduled for June 28, 2022, in the United States District Court in Lansing, Michigan. Talsma faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years for the mail fraud conviction and a maximum term of imprisonment of two years for the aggravated identity theft conviction, to be served consecutively to any sentence imposed for the mail fraud. justice.gov

Essex County Man Admits Using Credit Cards Stolen from U.S. Mail to Attempt to Defraud Banks of Over $300,000
NEWARK, N.J. - An Essex County, New Jersey, man today admitted scheming with at least one U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee and others to steal credit cards from the mail and use the stolen cards for hundreds of thousands of dollars of retail and online purchases.

Hakir Brown, 27, Newark, pleaded guilty. Hakir Brown, Jahad Salter, 25, and Dashaun Brown, 31, engaged USPS employees, including Khadijah Banks Oneal, 31, to steal credit cards from the mail in exchange for compensation. They then used the stolen credit cards to make purchases at retail stores in New Jersey and elsewhere, including New York and online, resulting in attempted losses of over $300,000.

Several of the USPS employees and individuals who participated in the scheme have been charged by complaint for their roles in the scheme.

The charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud carries a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million. Sentencing is scheduled for July 7, 2022. justice.gov

Camden County Woman Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Role in $300K Fraudulent Delivery Scheme
TRENTON, N.J. - A Camden County, New Jersey, woman was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars of consumer electronics before reselling the stolen goods in connection with a delivery fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announce.

From July 2018 through October 2018, Medina-Roman and others carried out a delivery fraud scheme targeting a corporate victim and government agency that resulted in the theft of more than $250,000 of consumer electronics. Medina-Roman and her conspirators used Medina-Roman's residence - then in Highlands, New Jersey - as the delivery address for the stolen goods. Medina-Roman, under the direction of her conspirators, sold the goods for profit either to a fence of stolen goods, or to third parties through a national classified advertisement website, while retaining for herself a portion of the sale proceeds.

A related cyberattack involved the appropriation without authorization of the identity of an employee of a government agency, which Medina-Roman's conspirators used by manipulating the employee's government email address to place orders for consumer electronics and gift cards with a corporate victim located in Maryland. The Maryland corporate victim, believing the emails were authentic and sent by the government employee, with whom the corporate victim had a prior business relationship, was deceived into delivering the consumer electronics to Medina-Roman's residential address.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Thompson sentenced Medina-Roman to three years of supervised release and ordered restitution of $266,615 and forfeiture of $25,000. justice.gov

Chilean National Gets 24 Months Federal Prison for Vehicle Break-In and $157K Credit Card Fraud Scheme
BOISE - A Miami Beach, Florida man was sentenced to two years in federal prison for wire fraud stemming from his participation in a vehicle break-in scheme that victimized individuals and businesses across the country.

From August 2020 through February 2021, Matias Ahumada‑Avendano, 31, of Miami Beach, and his co-defendant, Claudia Espinoza, 41, traveled to the Treasure Valley on multiple occasions to commit theft and fraud. They identified unoccupied vehicles parked at trailheads, broke into them, and stole credit cards belonging to the owners. Ahumada‑Avendano and Espinoza then used the victims' credit cards to purchase gift cards and electronics from retail stores such as Target and Best Buy. Ahumada-Avendano and Espinoza were arrested on April 24, 2021 in Kent County, Michigan while breaking into a vehicle.

On November 22, 2021, Ahumada-Avendano pleaded guilty to wire fraud for his role in the scheme and was held accountable for $157,502.91 in loss for conducting this scheme in states including Florida, Kentucky, Utah, and Idaho. Ahumada-Avendano to serve three years of supervised release to follow his prison sentence. justice.gov

Las Vegas, NV: Video captures theft in progress at valley Walgreens
New video of a shoplifter swiping cigarettes exposes what some security guards can and cannot do. The video shows a security guard watching a man blatantly steal from a local Walgreens early Friday morning. The man gets behind the pharmacy counter and begins taking carton after carton of cigarettes. We're concealing his identity because he hasn't been charged. Watch as he gets behind the counter and grabs carton after carton of cigarettes. First, it's two employees watching, then a security guard joins in and watches right along with them. Nobody stepped in. Nobody stopped him. "You're probably going to get in trouble or fired over, so is it really worth it? Not really." ktnv.com

Atlanta, GA: Burglary suspects caught with $100K+ in stolen items, pet birds
An investigation began after police received reports of burglarized storage units. Police said surveillance videos showed a man and woman in a GMC U-Haul van entering storage units and removing items. Investigators connected the suspects to similar crimes in metro-Atlanta. An off-duty Griffin Police Department officer allegedly saw them at a pawn shop and told surveilling officers. Police stopped the suspects, who fit descriptions gathered from video footage. Officers found several items, including money and parakeets, inside the suspects' cars and impounded them.  fox5atlanta.com

Wilkes-Barre, PA: Police seek help finding suspects after $3,500 theft at Ulta

Long Island, NY: Duo Accused Of Stealing $3.1K Worth Of Items From Home Depot

Oak Brook , IL Six Snowblowers stolen from Shops at Oak Brook

Coralville, IA: Shoplifter accused of stealing $1,600+ in merchandise from Scheels

Montgomery, AL: Police Searching for Felony Theft Suspect

Repeat Offender: Woman charged with Felony for theft of $380 worth of merchandise from Walmart in SW Ocala

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Shootings & Deaths

Tulsa, OK: Beer Thief Fatally Shot by Store Security Officer
QuikTrip said it is cooperating with police after one of its security guards shot and killed a suspect who police said was stealing beer, and took out a gun after that guard confronted him. Police said the suspect died at the hospital after being shot three times. QuikTrip is not saying whether it is doing its own investigation, or if the guard involved in last night's deadly shooting is on any sort of administrative leave. A man named Dewayne James is dead after Tulsa Police say a QuikTrip security guard confronted James for stealing two cases of beer. "I think he confronted him once he was outside of the store," Tulsa Police Officer Andre Baul said. Baul said when the guard confronted James, James pulled out a semi-automatic pistol. Witnesses at the Pine and Peoria location told police the guard gave several commands for James to drop his gun. But police said James refused, so the guard shot him. "It is unfortunate that that happened that way especially over something so simple as shoplifting," Baul said. In a statement, QuikTrip would only say it "... is working closely with law enforcement and will continue to assist with their ongoing investigation."  news9.com

Dekalb County, GA: 4-year-old boy killed in accidental shooting in Publix parking lot
A 4-year-old boy was killed in an accidental shooting Sunday evening, according to DeKalb County Police. Authorities said it happened near the 3000-block of Panola Road at 5 p.m. while the boy was inside a vehicle with his relative in the parking lot of a Publix. According to DeKalb County Police, the boy was taken to a local hospital, where he died. 11alive.com

Pierce County WA: 68 year old man run over and killed at Jack in the Box drive-thru in Spanaway
A 68-year-old man died after apparently being run over twice in a restaurant drive-thru in Spanaway Saturday, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. The incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. at the Jack in the Box at 20505 Mountain Highway East. Witnesses told deputies the victim was a passenger in a car that was struck from behind while waiting in the drive-thru line. When the man got out to speak with the driver of the other vehicle, "the suspect ran over the victim, then backed up over the victim again before fleeing the scene," says a statement from the Sheriff's Department. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. seattletimes.com

Chula Vista, CA: Salvage yard security guard arrested after firing at suspected shoplifter, who was also arrested
Chula Vista police arrested two people Sunday after a security guard at an auto-parts salvage yard opened fire as a suspected shoplifter, police said. The incident occurred shortly before 11:15 a.m. at the recycling yard on Energy Way near Nirvana Avenue. A 28-year-old man allegedly tried to take auto parts from the salvage yard without paying and was confronted by a security guard, said police Lt. Scott Adkins. After an altercation, the suspected shoplifter got behind the wheel of a vehicle and drove off. The security guard fired several rounds at the car, which had a passenger inside. No one was struck. Police located the vehicle about three miles away and arrested the driver on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery. Police also arrested the 32-year-old security guard on suspicion of willfully discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, Adkins said. A bystander was hit by flying debris, possibly broken glass or a bullet fragment, and suffered a "very minor" injury, Adkins said. sandiegouniontribune.com

Jacksonville, FL: One man dead after major crash destroys store in Jacksonville's Westside

Polk County, FL: Deputies shoot convicted felon, searching for accused accomplice following Armed Robbery


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Chicago, IL: Would-Be Thief Tries To Smash His Way Into Store On Jewelers Row Downtown, Only To Be Confronted By Man With Gun
In the dark of night, a suspected would-be thief began eyeing the pricey pieces inside a store on Jewelers Row downtown, and then smashed part of the door with a chain - only to be greeted by another shiny piece in the form of a gun. As CBS 2's Jermont Terry reported, the showdown early Friday morning was caught on surveillance cameras. On Friday night, the door to The Jewels of Chicago, 54 E. Madison St., was boarded up. The person who caused the damage ran away begging for mercy - only after the owner opened the door with a gun in hand. As it stands now, it is hard to show off the merchandise when all the customers see at The Jewels of Chicago is that busted door. "For me, this store is bread and butter," said Qadar Mohammed, president and owner of The Jewels of Chicago. There is plenty of shiny jewelry on display. But early on Friday morning, a man in a shiny blue jacket decided he wanted some free bling. "We cannot predict who's coming; who's doing what after hours," Mohammed said. kake.com

Raleigh County Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Fraud Charge
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Wanda Jane Goode, 42, of Shady Spring, was a cashier at a supermarket located in Beaver that sold Visa prepaid debit cards. As a cashier, part of Goode's job was to activate these prepaid cards. From April 2019 to September 2019, Goode fraudulently activated numerous prepaid cards for her own personal use. During the scheme, Goode made more than $87,000 in fraudulent purchases or payments with the prepaid cards. Pursuant to her plea agreement, Goode will pay $87,265.50 in restitution.

Goode pleaded guilty to wire fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced on June 16, 2022. justice.gov

Omaha, NE: Police investigation 5 Armed Robberies on Friday Night

Jacksonville, FL: 660 guns reported stolen in Jacksonville during 2021

Auburn, AL: Police Launch Eagle Watch Security Camera Program


Cargo Theft

Cargo theft costing companies and consumers $30 billion
A $20 million expansion of the Port of Savannah is good news for consumers, employees, and local businesses. Another group closely watching this development are cargo thieves who stole nearly $3.48 million worth of merchandise that come through Georgia ports. Insurance theft experts warn that new procedures and laws are needed to cut down on a crime that impacts all consumers. Scott Cornell is a transportation lead and crime and theft specialist at Travelers. Cornell said, "Cargo theft is largely unknown by the average person. So, it is a crime that goes under the radar a little bit, but it is a very big crime." Cornell predicts organized criminals steal up $30 billion in cargo. wjcl.com



AT&T - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
Auto - Polk County, FL - Armed Robbery / Shooting
Auto - Chula Vista, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Taylorsville, UT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New Plymouth, ID - Burglary
C-Store - Swartz Creek, MI - Burglary
C-Store - Augusta, WI - Burglary
Collectables - Atlanta, GA - Burglary
Dollar Tree - Wichita, KS - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Gaming - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Carson City, NV - Burglary
Gas Station - Sherwood, OR - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Carson City, NV - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Lancaster, SC - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Jewelry - Austin, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Houston, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Bronx, NY - Robbery
Marijuana - Port Orchard, OR - Armed Robbery
Pawn - Atlanta, GA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Miami, FL - Armed Robbery
Target - Warrington, PA - Robbery
7-Eleven - Old Orchard Beach, ME - Robbery
7-Eleven - Brownsville, TX - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Niles, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Henrico County, VA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 26 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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