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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Teens Fueling America's ORC Crisis
ORC ringleaders rely on teens to do the dirty work due to less exposure in the justice system

Don't Like Local Store Shelves are Under Lockdown? Blame Organized Crime
Across the nation, retailers are adding more on-the-shelves security to fight off the surge in shoplifting, and shoppers aren't happy. Some stores are even shutting down entirely, knocked out of business by the one-two punch of increased theft and declining sales. Frustrated shoppers are leaving stores rather than waiting for a clerk to give them access to toiletries and beauty supplies.

But before blaming the problem on local teens pocketing perfume without paying, law enforcement sources say it's not casual shoplifters who are responsible for the locks on the body lotion. It's organized criminal gangs.

"Illicit trade and goods often end up funding drug trafficking, organized crime, and other criminal enterprises, and with the explosion of e-commerce in recent years, the amount of counterfeit goods being imported in the United States continues to grow at an alarming rate," said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) at a recent conference on the issue.

And it is no coincidence teens are committing much of the organized shoplifting or smash-and-grab retail crime.

"Young people are at the foundation of the organized retail piece because, if they can avoid it, older people in the gang are not going to go into the store themselves, and they're not going to the gas station to break in the car," Convery said. "They also, unfortunately, learn that the juvenile exposure in our criminal justice system is significantly less, so if they get somebody arrested - especially for something like shoplifting where somebody's not looking in the bigger scheme - they're going to be out the next morning, they may not even go to juvenile court, and that's another worker back on the street for them to make more money the next day."

Jonathan Gilliam, a former FBI special agent, said it is past time that people and politicians change how they combat these crimes. That includes doing away with soft-on-crime policies in cities where Gilliam says criminals quickly end up back on the street after being arrested or detained.

Erichs and others in the fight admit it can't be won overnight, and it is likely baby formula will be behind plexiglass walls for the foreseeable future. However, she said she believes the USA-IT public/private partnership can work as retailers and law enforcement make full use of existing expertise, information sharing, and new technology. prescottenews.com

Entire Retail Supply Chains Under Attack by Criminals
'People are literally killing each other over sneakers'

Nike faces onslaught of thefts from the warehouse to retail shelves

Nike is facing an onslaught of theft crimes along its supply chain, including thieves stealing from warehouses and trains.

Nike's shipment hub in Memphis, Tennessee, has seen repeated crimes in the last few weeks alone, Insider reported. Worthen said he believes thieves quickly sell stolen merchandise, noting the high-demand products - especially the company's shoes - are sometimes even deemed worthy to kill over.

"How much do they want? How much are they asking? It's going to get sold," he said. "I've seen people trade a pair of sneakers for a car. It's crazy valuable. People miss work to go get new sneakers."

"It's crazy man," Worthen added to Fox 13. "People are fighting each other, killing each other over sneakers every day."

Nike stores have also been the site of repeated theft crimes, including at a company outlet in Portland, Oregon. Witnesses said they've seen suspects run out of the store with their arms full of stolen goods. The store abruptly closed last year, but company leaders are hoping to reopen the location.

Nike sent a letter to Portland leaders this month requesting that off-duty officers provide security to the store to cut back on retail thefts. Nike is headquartered out of Beaverton, which is located less than 10 miles outside of Portland.

Theft crimes have exploded across the country in recent years, with industry leaders such as Walmart CEO Doug McMillon warning the crimes could financially affect customers.

"Theft is an issue. It's higher than what it has historically been," McMillon told CNBC's "Squawk Box" in December. He added that if the crime wave is not halted soon and if prosecutors don't bring charges against shoplifters, "prices will be higher, and/or stores will close."  foxbusiness.com

Crime is Top Issue in Big Cities
Progressive DAs and mayors facing pushback over crime

Chicago mayor's race dominated by concerns about city crime
For years, Republicans have sought to win over voters by depicting Democratic-led cities as lawless centers of violence that need tough-on-crime policies. In Chicago, some of the Democrats running for mayor are deploying the same strategy as they debate how to make the city safer.

One leading candidate, who touts his endorsement from the Chicago police union, says "crime is out of control" and the city needs hundreds more officers patrolling its streets. Another hopeful says that if suspects flee a crime scene, officers should be able to "hunt them down like a rabbit."

The shift in rhetoric reflects the degree to which concerns about crime have dominated Tuesday's mayoral election in Chicago and threatened Lightfoot's reelection bid. Far from being an outlier, the nation's third-largest city is just the latest Democratic stronghold where public safety has become a top election issue.

In San Francisco, progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin was ousted in a recall election last year that was fueled by frustration over public safety. In Los Angeles, two Democrats running for mayor debated how to deal with rising crime rates and an out-of-control homelessness crisis. In New York City, voters elected Eric Adams as mayor, elevating a former city police captain who pledged to fix the department and invest more in crime prevention. And in Philadelphia, candidates running for mayor this year are debating how to curb gun violence.

The increased attention on public safety follows a spike in crime rates in many communities that coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic. High-profile incidents of police misconduct drew more scrutiny of policing, and there has been disagreement even among Democrats about so-called progressive public safety policies such as ending cash bail or providing safe injection sites for drug users.

Chicago has a higher per-capita homicide rate than New York or Los Angeles, but it's lower than other Midwestern cities, such as St. Louis and Detroit. Still, the number of homicides in Chicago hit a 25-year high in 2021 with 797, according to the Chicago Police Department. apnews.com

Nearly 100 Mass Shootings So Far in 2023
Opinion: Business-as-usual response in the aftermath of more mass shootings

No one can forecast where and when the next shooting will occur, as seen by the array of shootings so far in 2023.

There are two basic positions when it comes to reducing mass shootings and mass killings. One side argues that more restrictions on firearm purchases and access will reduce shootings. The other side argues that fewer restrictions on firearm purchases and access will reduce shootings.

Both these arguments have flaws and merits in certain circumstances. Yet there is no one-size-fits-all strategy. So, what principles can be applied to reduce needless and avoidable firearm deaths?

Focus on safety, not on bans

Most would argue that something has to change, or needless and avoidable deaths will continue. Everyone can agree on this. What no one can agree with is what needs to change.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been nearly 100 mass shootings so far in 2023.

The Michigan legislature plans to introduce tighter gun control laws, including improved background checks, safe storage, and red flag laws. Some of these policies may even have some merit.

Instead of engaging in ineffective political debates, let's begin an open and bipartisan dialogue to make gun safety a top priority. Without such bipartisan communication, we are certain to witness yet another sequence of needless and avoidable deaths, somewhere, in some venue, over the next few weeks. It remains to be seen what it will take for the two factions to work together to craft a common solution. thehill.com

Progressives Could Face Pushback From Biden Over 'Soft-on-Crime' Policies
Biden Could Face Veto Test Over Contentious D.C. Crime Bill That Rolls Back Sentences for Some Violence Offenses

Legislation blocking a new crime law in the District of Columbia has drawn bipartisan support in the House, and Senate Republicans are working to win over Democrats.

Republicans in Congress are working to block changes to the District of Columbia's criminal code, potentially setting up a politically charged veto fight with President Biden as the party works to capitalize on fears of rising crime in the run-up to the 2024 campaign.

Senate Republicans hope to marshal the votes as early as next week to send Mr. Biden legislation that would block a recently enacted package of local laws that eliminated or reduced mandatory minimum sentences for some violent offenses, including carjacking. The White House has expressed its opposition, though officials have yet to issue a direct veto threat.

The changes in punishment came despite a wave of homicides, carjackings and property crimes in Washington that has many residents on edge and asking if now is the time to back away from strong deterrence. Congressional Republicans have seized the moment and are pressuring Democrats to join them in cracking down or be portrayed as lax on enforcement, part of an effort to make a crime surge across the country a political issue.

Most Democrats oppose the bid to get involved in the District's business, but dozens from conservative-leaning districts quietly embraced it in the House, reflecting concerns that the rollback of sentences was too drastic and a recognition of the risks of being labeled soft on crime. Similar attempts at enacting more progressive sentencing and bail laws have sparked a political backlash around the country, including in San Francisco, where a prosecutor was ousted for perceived leniency toward offenders, and New York, where Mayor Eric Adams was elected with a tough-on-crime message. nytimes.com

Memphis, TN: Multiple mass shootings spark conversations about justice system

How Social Media Shapes Our Perceptions About Crime

ADL report: Mass shootings in US linked to hateful ideology

COVID's Lasting Business Impact

How Covid Changed The Way We Work
Remote Work Gives Leaders The Opportunity To Transform Their Thinking
The Covid-19 pandemic changed not only the way people work but our attitudes toward work. In 2021, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 47 million Americans voluntarily left their jobs. The Great Resignation highlighted workers' dissatisfaction with stagnant wages, limited growth opportunities and feeling disrespected as motivating factors for quitting.

Then there was "quiet quitting," a movement heralded on social media and informed by workers' dissatisfaction with grind culture. According to a Gallup survey in June 2022, at least half the U.S. workforce consider themselves quiet quitters. Not since the second world war, when women started working en masse, have cultural expectations about work and the labor force changed so greatly.

Thinking about remote working from a traditional mindset-one based on synchronous communication styles and top-down authority-is where many founders and CEOS go wrong. After all, innovative thinking is what differentiates an average business owner from a successful leader or entrepreneur, one who understands that yesterday's solutions are all too often tomorrow's problems.

Workers want flexibility, freedom and balance; having come close to it during the pandemic, they're more prone to dissatisfaction than at any other time. Give workers freedom, autonomy and the ability to contribute to their job with more meaning and creativity and you'll see an increase in workplace motivation, job performance and employee well-being. forbes.com

36M Remote Workers by 2025
How companies are keeping remote employees engaged and productive
Zippia reports that 1 in 5 remote workers say isolation is the biggest downside of remote work. Encouraging communication among remote workers is critical for companies to keep production and employee satisfaction high. Companies that embrace instant messaging platforms like Slack allow remote workers to engage with real-time collaboration and feedback.

Communication is a two-way street; companies should ensure remote workers feel empowered to speak up. Some remote workers prefer phone conversations, while others like video calls or instant messaging. Taking to time to recognize which mode of communication works best for each employee can aid management in keeping productivity levels high.

Communicating employee wins and achievements in creative ways, such as having a pizza or cake delivered, is another way for managers to show employee appreciation from afar. tulsaworld.com

Walgreens to shrink HQ as employees work more from home
With more of its employees working from home, Walgreens plans to sell more than half of its headquarters office space. The drugstore giant will shift office workers to the remaining areas.

The COVID public health emergency is ending - but what does that mean?
Who could be hurt hardest by the sunsetting of the emergency? Experts weigh in.

These Entrepreneurs Started Businesses During the Pandemic. How Did They Do?


Facial Recognition Tech Reduces Retail Fraud & Theft
How Digital Technology, Including Facial Recognition, is Transforming Retail

Digital technology is transforming every aspect of the world we live in, and retail stores are one of the primary places consumers are feeling the change.

Rise Of The Robots

Take a trip to any store and you will find self-checkout technology. This is one of the first customer-facing transformations that digital technology has brought to retail spaces. At supermarkets, fashion outlets, and hardware stores, consumers are being encouraged to check out their own items and complete their purchases with little to no staff supervision. The technology is not only more cost-effective to operate, but it is also simple and cheap to buy too. Even small, family-run stores can afford to implement the tech.

Your Phone Is Your Wallet

More and more consumers are now using their smartphones to make their purchases. This comes with many added benefits for both retailers and consumers, the biggest of which is the speed of service. No longer do people need to search for their cards or count their cash during checkouts. With a simple tap of their phone, they can make regular purchases and keep track of their spending all in one place. Some electronic point-of-sale systems can even provide them with an itemized digital receipt.

Making payments with a smartphone using ApplePay or Google's Wallet is not only quick, but it is also more secure. These apps often use biometric features like fingerprint or face recognition to allow payments. This is better for both consumers and retailers as it reduces the chance of fraud or theft. Cash is becoming a less common way to pay in retail, which makes many aspects of running a store quicker and easier.

Engagement Through Apps - Bluetooth Beacons Beckon Shoppers: bbntimes.com

Independent Unions Fueling the Retail Union Push
Worker-Led Organizing Efforts: Independent Unions Explained
Labor organizing was on the rise in 2022-with union election wins reaching a 17-year high-marking a celebratory moment for larger unions battling a decades-long decline in the US workforce.

But a deeper look at the data tells a different story of an undercurrent of activity: More than 24,000 workers joined unions outside the direct reach of the AFL-CIO, the largest labor federation, which includes 60 unions representing more than 12 million workers. This organizing was also separate from wins notched by major non-AFL-CIO unions, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union.

Many workers opted to create their own independent union, reflecting a growing trend driven by grassroots efforts popping up at retail and food service locations owned by big corporations like Amazon.com Inc., Trader Joe's, Home Depot Inc., Starbucks Corp., Lululemon Athletica Inc., and others, labor experts said in interviews. One of the biggest wins came when Amazon Labor Union, an independent union, organized about 8,000 workers at the online retail giant's Staten Island, N.Y., fulfillment center.

But are the independents truly on their own? And are they here to stay? news.bloomberglaw.com

Burning $500M Worth of Shoes?
Adidas has $500 million worth of Kanye West sneakers and no good options
Months after cutting ties with rapper and fashion designer Kanye West over his flagrant antisemitism, the German company on Feb. 9 warned it was looking at massive losses if it couldn't sell its inventory, raising questions about its options for the now-tainted brand, including literally burning the shoes.

That's a significant shift from its outlook in November, when officials said they could recoup the "vast majority" of losses by rebranding the distinctive shoes - which retail from roughly $200 to nearly $600 - and selling them at a discount.

The predicament offers a glimpse of what happens when a fashion line meets a sudden end. And experts say the decision, which Adidas has said is still months away, will be especially challenging because the company faces ethical and financial tripwires at every turn. finance.yahoo.com

What the Economy Means for Retailers
Can't figure out this economy? Walmart, Home Depot are having trouble, too

The latest inflation and retail sales data show consumer spending to be stronger than economists forecast.

If you think the economy is confusing right now, consider how baffling it must look to Home Depot and Walmart. Last week, the two big retailers sent cautious signals about the health of the U.S. consumer.

In a nutshell: Walmart said U.S. consumer spending started the year strong, but that it expect households to back off through the year. Home Depot said consumer spending is holding up, but that it expects a flat sales-growth year overall, with declining profits. cnbc.com

The running list of major retail bankruptcies
From Toys R Us to J.C. Penney, many retailers have filed over the past few years. Here's who has fallen victim since 2017.

U.S. retailers' ocean shipping price woes ending, but new delays threaten
Collapsing ocean shipping rates would seem to be good news for U.S. retailers, but they are now bracing for delays as some carriers try to prop up prices by cancelling voyages.

List of Over 800 Retail Chain Stores Scheduled to Close in 2023

Louis Vuitton parent company to buy Tiffany for $16.2 billion

Vows by many big U.S. companies to back out of Russia hold firm a year later

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Holding Software Companies Accountable for Americans' Cybersecurity
CISA director urges tech sector to stop shipping unsafe products

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly said the cybersecurity burden should no longer be placed on consumers.

Jen Easterly, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, called on technology companies to take greater responsibility when it comes to the cybersecurity of their products that "are embedded into the very foundations of our society."

The remarks at a Carnegie Mellon University event on Monday echo a recent call to action from CISA for tech companies to "fundamentally shift" product design to one that embraces cybersecurity as a safety and product design issue. "As we've integrated technology into nearly every facet in our lives, we've unwittingly come to accept as normal that such technology is dangerous by design," Easterly said.

The CISA director's push to hold software makers more accountable for Americans' cybersecurity comes as the Biden administration is considering moves to compel the tech sector to shoulder more responsibility for the digital safety of critical U.S. industries. The forthcoming national cybersecurity strategy is widely expected to demand greater investments in security from industries that prop up sectors such as energy, water and health care.

Indeed, the technology that underlines critical services are often rife with vulnerabilities and are difficult to manage due to the need for constant uptime that limits patching. Additionally, the increasing digitization of critical infrastructure is adding more vectors of attack if not properly configured.

Easterly also pointed to the added burden to the American consumer who has to consider complex topics when buying a new device such as a phone or a computer. "The American people have accepted the fact that they're constantly going to have to update their software," she said. "The burden is placed on you as the user and that's what we have to collectively stop."

Easterly continued: "We've normalized the fact that the cybersecurity burden is placed disproportionately on the shoulders of consumers and small organizations who are often least aware of the threat and least capable of protecting themselves." cyberscoop.com

New Wave of Destructive Malware Wiping Out Systems
Rise of 'system wipers' poses new threats to organizations
A new wave of destructive malware capable of wiping out systems, not just data, appears to be gaining significant momentum heading into 2023, according to the latest research from FortiGuard Labs and its chief security strategist, Derek Manky.

AdvertisementThe rise of "system wipers" in the second half of 2022 was one of several developments that stood out to Manky in FortiGuard's most recent survey of organizations about the cyber threats they are encountering. There was a 16% increase in reports of system wipers between the first half and the second half of 2022, he said, but a 53% surge between the third quarter and the fourth quarter, he said in a new interview for CyberScoop.

The number of different types of system wipers is also growing. The FortiGuard Labs research identified 16 types, or families, of system wiper malware being used by hackers. "We only saw maybe one of these the year before. It truly was unprecedented," he said.

Manky said the latest findings presented both good news and bad news.

"The bad news is, there are close to 200,000 vulnerabilities now that attackers are going after - that's the entire attack surface. The good news is that we looked at what we call active attack surface - what holes are open in organizations and what attackers are actually going after. And that accounted for only 1% of that 200,000," he said. That suggests attackers are shifting techniques and becoming more targeted using "weapons of choice."

Manky also highlighted other momentum-building techniques, including "drive-by-downloads," where hackers lure users to a website and can quickly compromise a user's system without interaction.

"We're also seeing a lot of older threats now that are being retrofitted," he said, explaining how portions of old code are being recompiled into new code that is then used in new attack techniques.

Manky also discusses the types of threats organizations can expect to see more of in the coming year and how to prepare for them. cyberscoop.com

Consumers Scams Surge 30%
FTC reveals alarming increase in scam activity, costing consumers billions
Newly released Federal Trade Commission (FTC) data shows that consumers reported losing nearly $8.8 billion to fraud in 2022, an increase of more than 30 percent over the previous year.

Losing money to investment and imposter scams

Consumers reported losing more money to investment scams - more than $3.8 billion-than any other category in 2022. That amount more than doubles the amount reported lost in 2021. The second-highest reported loss amount came from imposter scams, with losses of $2.6 billion reported, up from $2.4 billion in 2021.

The FTC received fraud reports from 2.4 million consumers last year, with the most commonly reported being imposter scams, followed by online shopping scams. Prizes, sweepstakes, and lotteries; investment-related reports; and business and job opportunities rounded out the top five fraud categories.

FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network

Sentinel received more than 5.1 million reports in 2022; these include the fraud reports detailed above, as well as identity theft reports and complaints related to other consumer issues, such as problems with credit bureaus and banks and lenders. In 2022, there were over 1.1 million reports of identity theft received through the FTC's IdentityTheft.gov website. helpnetsecurity.com

Pitting Cybercriminals Against Each Other
How the Ukraine War Opened a Fault Line in Cybercrime, Possibly Forever

Infighting, conscription, emigration. The war in Ukraine has pitted cybercriminals against one another like no other event before it.

Russia's war in Ukraine has shaken cyberspace at every level, from nation-state advanced persistent threats (APTs) on down to low-grade carders on Dark Web forums.

A new report from Recorded Future highlights the many effects that the Russian invasion of Ukraine, now one year past, has had in cyberspace. Threat actors have been pulled away from their computers. Allies have become enemies. Cybercrime activity has shifted and power structures have been reorganized, not least because people have been physically moving.

It all amounts to a kind of grand, multifaceted dissolution. A breakdown of the cybercrime state of affairs. Will the digital underworld ever be the same again?  darkreading.com

Dish Network Hit With Multi-Day Outage, Suspected Ransomware Attack
The satellite-TV provider's websites, apps, and internal systems have been down since Thursday, leaving employees unable to work and customers prevented from paying Dish bills.

In Latest Round of Job Cuts, Twitter Is Said to Lay Off at Least 200 Employees

Mobile Banking Trojans Surge, Doubling in Volume







Keeping Your Online Accounts Protected Through an Authenticator App

If the recent major mobile carrier data breech has taught us anything, it's that two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the most important aspects of keeping your online accounts protected. Even with the strongest of passwords, you're always at risk of falling victim to a data breach.

You should limit the use of SMS as a 2FA method if you can. Using an authenticator app is just as easy to use as getting SMS codes and works by generating a new security code every 30 seconds. You can use app-based one-time codes, from companies such as Google, Microsoft, or LastPass Authenticator (to name a few). In this case the code is generated within the app on your device, rather than being sent to you. If you have an Android device and want an open-source 2FA app, andOTP, is also a great choice.




Amazon Continues to Ramp Up Delivery Operations
Amazon Expands Same-Day Delivery, With Fees, While Battling Slow Growth

Company invests in ultrafast delivery as it also tries to trim expenses

Amazon Inc. is expanding ultrafast delivery options, a sign that it remains committed to pushing its logistics system for speed as it scales back plans in other areas.

The tech giant is continuing to devote resources to facilities and services structured to deliver packages to customers in less than a day. The expansions are happening at a crucial point for Amazon, which faces competition for fast-delivery options while Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy puts a renewed focus on profits.

A central part of Amazon's ultrafast delivery strategy is its network of warehouses that the company calls same-day sites. The facilities are a fraction of the size of Amazon's large fulfillment warehouses and are designed to prepare products for immediate delivery. In contrast, the larger Amazon warehouses typically rely on delivery stations closer to customers for the final stage of shipping.

Amazon has opened about 45 of the smaller sites since 2019 and could expand to at least 150 centers in the next several years, according to MWPVL International Inc., which tracks Amazon warehouse operations. The sites have primarily opened near large cities and deliver the most popular 100,000 items in Amazon's catalog, MWPVL said. New locations recently opened in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix, according to Amazon, which declined to provide information on how many of the same-day sites it has.

With ultrafast delivery, the tech company is seeking new ways to use its broad logistics apparatus to compete with the likes of Walmart Inc. and Instacart, which also provide quick shipping options to customers. Walmart has used its thousands of stores to help fulfill fast online orders.

Analysts say Amazon's service can help the company retain users of its $139-a-year Amazon Prime subscription, which also provides streaming, discounts at Whole Foods Market and other perks. Amazon's fast-shipping service can add fees for small orders. wsj.com

Amazon Return to Work Protests Continue
Amazon Employees Ask Their Boss Not to Make Them Come Back to the Office 3 Days a Week

A draft of a petition by workers stated that employees' trust in Amazon's leaders had been "shattered" by the mandate to come in.

Amazon employees are petitioning CEO Andy Jassy to cancel his return-to-office mandate and calling out his about-face on remote work. In a petition to Jassy sent late Tuesday, Amazon workers decried that their trust in the company's leaders had been "shattered."

After Jassy told workers in a memo last Friday that workers would be expected to return to the office for at least three days a week beginning May 1, employees began to mobilize in an effort to get him to change his mind. Since October 2021, Amazon had allowed managers to determine how often employees needed to be in the office. According to CNBC, frustrated employees are currently drafting a petition to Jassy and other members of the Amazon executive team asking for remote work and flexibility to be protected, underscoring that the RTO policy would impact the lives of employees who had planned on location flexibility.

"Many employees trusted these statements and planned for a life where their employer wouldn't force them to return to the office," the employees wrote in the draft, which was obtained by Insider. "The RTO mandate shattered their trust in Amazon's leaders." gizmodo.com

Poshmark lays off less than 2% of workforce

China's red-hot online store, Temu, plants its flag in Boston

Nearly Half of Shoppers Would Rather Sit in the Middle Seat of an Airplane Than Keep Track of All Their Online Accounts and Passwords







Newport Beach, CA: Thieves crash into Newport Beach Louis Vuitton store, steal $100,000 worth of merchandise
A man and woman were arrested for allegedly driving multiple vehicles into a Louis Vuitton store Saturday and stealing $100,000 worth of merchandise, according to the Newport Beach Police Department. It happened around 3:46 a.m. at the Louis Vuitton store in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive. According to the authorities, the suspects smashed through the store windows and stole the merchandise. Officers said they responded to the scene and witnessed the alleged thieves getting into a third vehicle. The suspects sped onto the freeway, and the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit. During the pursuit, the suspects were reportedly throwing merchandise out the door. The chase ended when four people bailed out of the car. Two people were arrested, Ahmad Rahmaan, 26, of Los Angeles, and Tylishe Bell, 28, of Los Angeles. Officers said they are facing the possible charges of commercial burglary, conspiracy, and felony evading. Two other people are outstanding. There is no suspect description at this time. cbsnews.com

Clackamas County, OR: Feb. 24 Retail-theft Operation leads to 20 arrests
On Friday, Feb. 24, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office led a multi-agency retail theft operation at multiple Clackamas-area retailers. The eight-and-a-half-hour shoplifting detail included CCSO Patrol deputies and detectives working alongside investigators from the Tigard, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, and Canby Police Departments. It led to 20 arrests on multiple charges and the recovery of over $3,700 in stolen items, as well as the clearance of six outstanding arrest warrants. During the operation, law enforcement worked closely with loss-prevention officers at participating retail partners, including DICK'S Sporting Goods and REI. Law enforcement contacted retail theft suspects ranging in age from 24 to 56 as they exited stores with unpaid merchandise.  clackamas.us

Elizabethtown, PA: Worker at Nordstrom fulfillment center in Lancaster County accused of trying to steal $14,000 in merchandise
A worker at a fulfillment center in Lancaster County tried to steal more than $14,000 in merchandise, according to police. Northwest Regional police said Anthony Best, 46, tried to take 12 watches and other clothing items from the Nordstrom on Distribution Drive in West Donegal Township on Friday. According to court records, Best is charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He is in Lancaster County Prison.  wgal.com

Secaucus, NJ: Police nab 2 of 3 Calvin Klein shoplifters; suspects fled, but K-9 Officer makes the stop

Fresno, CA: Police searching for 2 theft suspects in Fresno's Hobby Lobby

Columbus, OH: Columbus Police looking for 'habitual shoplifter' after Dollar store theft

Humble, TX: Woman allegedly left child while fleeing $600 theft scene at Dillard's in Deerbrook Mall

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Shootings & Deaths

Phoenix, AZ: Man dead after alleged self-defense shooting at strip mall
A man is dead after being reportedly shot and killed in north Phoenix Sunday morning, and the suspect who allegedly shot him is claiming self-defense. Phoenix police responded to reports of a shooting at a strip mall near Northern and 27th Avenues around 10 a.m. Officers arrived at the scene and found a man who told them he was involved in the shooting and gave them self-defense statements. He was later released from the scene. Officers soon learned that a man arrived at a hospital with a gunshot wound with three other men. The man, later identified as 26-year-old Alejandro Jaques died at the hospital, and investigators detained the other men. The investigation is still underway, and no more details are available yet.  azfamily.com

Peoria, AZ: Man dead after shooting at Peoria gas station; suspects on the loose
Police say the SUV connected to a shooting that killed a man at a Peoria gas station was found on Monday, but the suspects are still on the loose. On Sunday around 5:30 p.m., Peoria police say five men arrived at a Circle K near El Mirage Road and Vistancia Boulevard, just west of Loop 303. Two men and the victim got out of a dark blue Toyota Sequoia. According to police, a fight occurred, and one of the men shot a 20-year-old man from Goodyear. He was taken to the hospital, where he died from injuries, and has not been identified. The suspects drove off in the SUV after the shooting.  azfamily.com

Jamaica: One Security Guard killed, two others injured in $10 Million Armored Car Robbery
This morning, gunmen killed a security guard and injured two others employed to Beryllium Limited, making off with $10 million in cash at the Portmore Pines plaza in St Catherine. According to police reports, the security guards were delivering money to a Jamaica National automated banking machine (ABM) when they were attacked. jamaica-gleaner.com

Syracuse, NY: Shot fired at Destiny USA: What's changed since the last Syracuse mall shooting?
Friday's shooting at Destiny USA marks the third time in approximately a year that a gun has been fired inside the mall in Syracuse - local officials and law enforcement have indicated they are doing everything they can, placing responsibility on either national gun legislation or the owners of the mall themselves. On Friday, Syracuse Police Chief Joseph Cecile said that everything had gone to plan Friday evening after someone fired a gun at a trash can, which he said was likely an intimidation move against others the suspected shooter was in a dispute with. The shooter is still at large, and police have not yet recovered the gun used. No one was hurt. This incident comes about a year after three gun-related crimes at Destiny USA happened within three weeks of one another. An argument lead to one of the men involved shooting the window of DSW, Juli Boeheim was robbed at gunpoint by a 12-year-old boy and a man fired a gun in an attempted robbery during an "online sale" meetup at the mall.  cnycentral.com

Myrtle Beach, FL: Man shot by Market Common jewelry store employee during attempted armed robbery denied bond
A Myrtle Beach judge denied bond Monday for a man who was shot by a Market Common jewelry .store employee during an armed robbery attempt. Michael James Alexander Perez, 33, allegedly entered the Jacob the Jeweler store on Hackler Street on Feb. 17 and said he needed their Rolexes before he was shot by a store employee, according to police. Perez, who had been in the hospital since the robbery attempted and shooting, appeared via video from the Myrtle Beach Jail for his bond hearing on three charges of first-degree assault and battery, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to online records. If convicted, he could be sentenced to between 10 to 30 years on the armed robbery charge, not more than 10 years each for the three counts of assault and battery and five years for the weapons charge.  wbtw.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Glendale, CA: Police make an Arrest in a $50K Armed Robbery at Home Depot
The Glendale Police Department arrested a male suspected of a Home Depot armed robbery. Last Tuesday (2/21/2023), an armed robbery occurred at a Home Depot in the 5000 block of San Fernando Road in Glendale. Within the first hour of the store opening, a male entered the location and immediately went looking for the store manager. Once he found the manager, the suspect lifted his shirt, revealing a firearm and ordered him to open the vault. The suspect loaded money from the safe into an orange Home Depot bucket and fled out of an emergency exit. Glendale Police Officers arrived within minutes but were unable to locate the male. Home Depot estimated the suspect got away with up to $50,000 in cash. Glendale Police Department Robbery/Homicide Detectives immediately began an investigation. They identified 47-year-old Raymundo Bretado of Rancho Cucamonga as the male seen in the surveillance video. They also had a lead on his whereabouts. Within 48 hours, Bretado was under arrest for Armed Robbery. During the arrest, detectives located a replica firearm, several thousand dollars in cash, and an orange Home Depot bucket. Bretado is currently being held without bail pending his arraignment.  glendaleca.gov

Oakland, CA: Oakland police does not chase Burglary suspects, $100K stolen
Questions are being raised after Oakland police officers observed robbery suspects get into a getaway car last Monday night but did not pursue them. The group reportedly broke into a jewelry store on Oakland's Piedmont Avenue and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. Owner of the Happy Heart jewelry store, George Lee, and his business partner Irene Auyoung have multiple cameras inside the shop. The alarm went off as a person walked into the store with what appeared to be a gun drawn. "We have music on 24 hours a day. They heard the song, then they pulled out a gun. A gun, aiming all over to see if anyone was over there," said Irene Auyoung, Happy Heart part-owner. Once the burglars realized no one is inside the shop, they smashed the glass showcases. The owner said about $100,000 worth of Jade collectible items were stolen. Oakland police responded around 11:30 p.m. Officers saw four people jump into a car driving off northbound on Piedmont Avenue but did not follow. The Oakland Police Department has a pursuit policy that states officers can only initiate a pursuit for violent crimes or crimes involving the use of a firearm.  kron4.com

Jacksonville, FL: JSO Officer beaten at Walmart is released from hospital
A Jacksonville Sheriff's officer who was beaten while responding to a reported robbery last Thursday was released from the hospital with fanfare from doctors, nurses and colleagues. Last Thursday, as the police officer arrived to the Walmart on Phillips Highway, she saw a theft suspect walking away from the area, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. As they were speaking, JSO says the suspect, who was identified as 40-year-old Joseph Merrill, hit her in the face and knocked her to the ground. Merill then got on top of her and hit her until a second officer approached, according to JSO. Merill then attempted to run off but was arrested after a short pursuit. When he ran off, he dropped a blue duffle bag with stolen merchandise on the side of the roadway, police said. The merchandise was worth $176.45, according to the incident report. JSO says the officer was rushed to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Merrill has been charged with attempted murder, depriving an officer of means of communication, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting an officer with violence. firstcoastnews.com

Livingston Parish, LA: Armed Dollar and C-Store robber sentenced to 40 years behind bars
A jury has found a man guilty and sentenced him to 40 years for first degree robbery, officials said. Seaton Odell "Dale" Williams, 51, of Denham Springs is charged with first degree robbery. Williams was found guilty Nov. of 2022 after robbing a Dollar General in Denham Springs at gunpoint and a Dollar Tree in Watson. Detectives said they were able to connect the two robberies to Williams after being alerted on Jan. 25, 2022, of an armed robbery at a convenience store in Denham Springs. At the time law enforcement was already investigating another robbery that happened in the Watson area. After reviewing eyewitness reports and video evidence, detectives learned the descriptions matched Williams.  wafb.com

Los Angeles County, CA: Multi-year investigation leads to arrest of 18 gang members across LA County

Nashville, TN: Serial Armed Robbery suspect arrested, found with ski mask used in robberies; Family Dollar, Dollar General, Walgreens, and CVS stores

Cypress, TX: Gringo's Tex-Mex restaurant Goes Cashless after 4th robbery in less than 1 year, management says

Denver, CO: Longtime Denver liquor store robbed, burglarized over 2 months

Ferndale, WA: Man indicted for allegedly embezzling $25,000 from Lummi Bay Tribal Nation C-Store facing Federal charges

Tulsa, OK: Man tips waitress for meal before robbing Waffle House



Auto - Everett, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Catawba County, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - York, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Olathe, KS - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Indio, CA - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Newport Beach, CA - Burglary
Clothing - Secaucus, NJ - Robbery
Dollar - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Grocery - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Kennewick, WA - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Glendale, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Loudoun County, VA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Oakland, CA - Armed Robbery
Liquor - Denver, CO - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Cypress, TX - Burglary
Restaurant - Irmo, SC - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Seattle, WA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Greenfield, WI - Robbery
Tobacco - Seattle, WA - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Lynnwood, WA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 21 robberies
• 2 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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