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Scott Flint, CFI promoted to Senior Dir. Global LP for Nike
Scott Flint has been with Nike for more than 23 years, starting with the company in 1997 as a District Loss Prevention Manager. Before his promotion to Senior Director Global Loss Prevention, he served as Senior Director - North America Direct Loss Prevention for more than a year. Prior to that, he spent four and a half years as Loss Prevention Director - North America. Earlier in his Nike career, he held other LP roles, including LP Director - Emerging Markets, Manager, Global LP Operations, and Manager, LP Operations - North America. Congratulations, Scott!

Bernie Bulos, CFI promoted to Director of Central Investigations
for Macy's

Bernie has been with Macy's for nearly 20 years, starting with the company in 2001 as an Asset Protection Manager. Before his promotion to Director of Central Investigations, he spent nearly two years as Manager, Central Investigations. Earlier in his Macy's career, he served as District Manager of Investigations for nearly eight years and Training Manager for nearly three years. Congratulations, Bernie!

Berry Dampier promoted to Senior Asset Protection Manager
for StockX

Berry has been with StockX for nearly two years, starting with the company in 2019. Before his promotion to Senior Asset Protection Manager, he served as Multi Unit Asset Protection-Security Manager. Before joining StockX, he spent two years with Amazon's Loss Prevention team. Earlier in his career, he spent more than a decade in various AP roles with The Home Depot. Congratulations, Berry!

Chad McManus, CFI, CFE, LPC promoted to Senior Manager, Asset Protection
for T-Mobile

Chad has been with T-Mobile for nearly 13 years, starting with the company in 2008. Before his promotion to Sr. Manager, Asset Protection, he served as a Field Asset Protection Manager for the company. Before joining T-Mobile, he spent more than three years with Michaels as Zone Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Tuesday Morning, Garden Ridge, and Best Buy. Congratulations, Chad!

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LPRC Maps Out 2021 at IGNITE & STRATEGY Events

This year, the LPRC Board of Advisors came together to shape the direction of our research, initiatives, INNOVATE, and much more. The board also ranked the top priorities to help shape the direction of the LPRC for 2021. Thank you to our sponsors ADT Commercial & CAP Index for making IGNITE possible, and thank you to our BOA for helping us shape the direction of our research & other initiatives for 2021.

STRATEGY@ 2021 was also great SUCCESS! We had over 30 of the top retail AP/LP leaders on to discuss several topics including a Recap of Fall 2020, Acute vs. Chronic Industry Issues, and Where the Retail Industry is Today. We also unveiled our 2021 Research Agenda for the year! linkedin.com


Protests & Violence

D.C. Hearings on Capitol Hill Riot Continue

FBI chief calls Jan. 6 'domestic terrorism,' defends intel
FBI Director Chris Wray condemned the January riot at the U.S. Capitol as "domestic terrorism" Tuesday as he defended the bureau's handling of intelligence indicating the prospect for violence. He told lawmakers the information was properly shared with other law enforcement agencies even though it was raw and unverified.

Wray's comments before Congress, in a rare public appearance since the deadly Capitol attack two months ago, was the
FBI's most vigorous defense against the suggestion that it had not adequately communicated the distinct possibility of violence as lawmakers certified the results of the presidential election. He also described in stark terms the threat from domestic violent extremists and said that, contrary to some Republicans, there is no evidence that anti-Trump groups were involved in the riot.

Many of the senators' questions Tuesday centered on the FBI's handling of a Jan. 5 report from the Norfolk, Virginia, field office that warned of online posts foreshadowing a "war" in Washington the following day. Capitol Police leaders have said they were unaware of that report and had received no intelligence from the FBI that would have led them to expect the sort of violence that besieged them on the 6th. Five people died as a result of the riot, including a Capitol Police officer and a woman who was shot as she tried to enter the House chamber with lawmakers still inside. apnews.com

FBI director says domestic terrorism cases have soared to 2,000 in recent months
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said Tuesday that his agents are pursuing roughly 2,000 domestic terrorism cases - a huge spike as the FBI tries to show it is taking the threat of such attacks seriously in the wake of January's pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol.

"We have significantly grown the number of investigations and arrests," Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee, noting that the number of such cases has more than doubled since he became the FBI director in 2017. He had testified in September that the number of such cases was about 1,000. By the end of 2020, there were about 1,400 such cases, and after Jan. 6 the figure ballooned again, the director said. washingtonpost.com

Capitol Officials to Increase Security on March 4th Due to Conspiracy Theory
U.S. Capitol Police will have additional personnel posted on Capitol grounds this Thursday because of a conspiracy theory about the significance of the date. The acting sergeant at arms for the House of Representatives, Timothy Blodgett, said in a message to members of Congress on Monday that his office and Capitol Police are monitoring information related to any potential protests on March 4th, "which some have described as the
'true Inauguration Day.'" Some followers of QAnon conspiracy theories believe former President Donald Trump will become president again on March 4. nbcwashington.com

FBI Director Says Jan. 6 Riot Served as 'Inspiration' for More Extremism

How Pro-Trump Forces Pushed a Lie About Antifa at the Capitol Riot

Twin Cities' Operation Safety Net:
Local, state and federal authorities prepare for Derek Chauvin trial

Officials say they have two goals: Protect people and property,
and protect First Amendment rights to protest.

Law enforcement leaders from the Twin Cities metro, the state of Minnesota and the federal government are assuring the public that they're ready to keep Minneapolis and St. Paul safe during the trial of Derek Chauvin. Jury selection begins on March 8 for the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer, charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

In anticipation of the trial officials formed Operation Safety Net, the task force coordinating to plan for safety and security measures. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo spoke at a Monday afternoon news conference one week ahead of the trial start date. He said in the months of planning that have taken place already, there have been two goals.

Prevention of damage to property and crimes, as well as also ensuring First Amendment constitutional rights for those who wish to peacefully assemble and demonstrate," Arradondo said. kare11.com

Minneapolis To Hire 6 Social Media 'Influencers' To Spread City-Approved Messaging To Public During Derek Chauvin Trial
Minneapolis authorities are investing in six social media influencers, with a large local following, to help push their message and prevent riots during the murder trial of a fired police officer. On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council approved $1,181,500 for communication with the community during the trial. The City says the six influencers will be intentionally targeting Black, Native American, Somali, Hmong and Latinx communities with their messaging during the trial. Each influencer will be paid a flat fee of $2,000. cbslocal.com

In Minneapolis, barricades erected for the Derek Chauvin trial won't deter protesters of George Floyd's death

Planned police presence during trial draws criticism from some Minneapolis leaders

Big-City Mayors Pen Op/Ed:
Gun Violence Crisis in America's Cities

By Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville; Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles; Lori Lightfoot, mayor of Chicago; and Brandon Scott, mayor of Baltimore.

You've probably seen the headlines: 2020 was a deadly year for gun violence in cities across America. In January, the four of us -- along with hundreds of other mayors -- joined together virtually for the US Conference of Mayors winter meeting to discuss this tragic development, support each other and figure out ways to tackle our gun violence crisis. What we heard from our colleagues was deeply unsettling. Many cities are facing not one, but two public health crises at the same time: Covid-19 and increased gun violence.

As cities battled the deadly pandemic in 2020, a survey of over 125 diverse police agencies found that 57% of them saw upticks in firearm homicides and nearly 70% saw upticks in nonfatal shootings. Available data also suggests that violence increased in large cities in 2020, regardless of local politics or governing political parties. And after a full year of this violence, it's clear that these increases won't disappear without action. Indeed, they could linger long after the last American receives a coronavirus vaccine.

Thankfully, there's hope that local officials like us will no longer have to grapple with these unprecedented challenges without federal assistance. Read More: cnn.com

Biden considers regulating 'ghost guns,' other actions to curb gun violence
The White House is weighing a number of gun safety proposals as it looks to deliver on President Joe Biden's campaign promises. Among the executive actions under consideration by the administration is one that would require buyers of so-called ghost guns - homemade or makeshift firearms that lack serial numbers - to undergo background checks, according to sources. politico.com

Portland gun violence spike a 'public health issue'

Knoxville, TN City Council unanimously approves $1 million budget amendment to stop gun violence


COVID Update

76.9M Vaccinations Given

US: Over 29M Cases - 527K Dead - 19.8M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 115M Cases - 2.5M Dead - 91M Recovered

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New York City, Florida and Ohio expand vaccine eligibility as supplies increase
New York City added workers in the food service and hotel industries to the list of people eligible for coronavirus vaccination on Monday, the same day the governors of Florida and Ohio announced expansions for eligibility in their states.

The expansions come as the supply of vaccines being distributed nationally is ramping up, and after a third vaccine, a single-shot dose from Johnson & Johnson, was authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration over the weekend. The pace of U.S. vaccinations is again accelerating, up to about 1.82 million doses per day on average, according to a New York Times database, above last month's peak before snowstorms disrupted distribution. nytimes.com

"The Biggest Security Challenge in a Generation"
Vaccine Shipments Present a Security Challenge Worthy of a James Bond Film

Shipping companies are using kill switches, panic buttons, plainclothes guards, and tons of monitoring to ensure delivery.

In the coming months, billions of doses of coronavirus vaccines will be dispatched via truck, plane, ship, and rail to hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies around the world. With that cargo worth tens of billions of dollars - and some individual shipments valued as high as $70 million - one thing is certain: Crooks will try to steal some of it. For freight haulers, the vaccine rollout poses "the biggest security challenge in a generation," says Thorsten Neumann, chief executive officer of the European arm of the Transported Asset Protection Association, an industry group representing companies that carry precious goods.

Interpol in December issued an orange alert notice warning that it expects a dramatic increase in armed robberies of vaccine shipments, as well as vandalism by anti-vaccine militants. And if today's highly profitable black markets for drugs treating, say, cancer and arthritis are any guide, it will be relatively easy for thieves to unload their loot. On the dark web, Covid-19 vaccines of unknown origin and authenticity are already selling for $200 per dose. That's spurred freight companies to adapt a playbook developed to fight the $40 billion in theft from shippers every year of goods such as 5G handsets, $500 sneakers, and $5,000 handbags - employing methods ranging from added manpower to newfangled digital spycraft worthy of 007.

The pandemic has already sparked an upswing in thefts of related products. Last year millions of respiratory masks were taken from an aviation facility in Kenya, $1 million worth of medical gloves were pillaged from a container in Florida, and almost 200 respirators headed for Colombia were stolen. Even toilet paper has been targeted: At the height of the panic-buying frenzy in 2020, 130,000 rolls were lifted from trailers in Britain. bloomberg.com

A Trader Joe's employee says he was fired after he asked the company's CEO to enhance its COVID-19 protections
A New York City man said he was fired by Trader Joe's after he sent a letter to the company's CEO requesting the company make several changes he said would more thoroughly protect the grocery chain's employees from COVID-19. In the letter, which Ben Bonnema shared on Twitter, he asked for five changes in his Trader Joe's store, including enhancements to the store's HVAC system, an occupancy limit based on the level of CO2 in the store, more stringent face mask requirements for customers, and a three-strike policy for customers who refuse to follow COVID-19 protocol. yahoo.com

CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations
Administering Covid-19 vaccines comes with a valuable perk for retail pharmacies: access to troves of consumer data. Chains such as CVS Health Corp., Walmart Inc. and Walgreens-Boots Alliance, Inc. are collecting data from millions of customers as they sign up for shots, enrolling them in patient systems and having recipients register customer profiles. The retailers say they are using the information to promote their stores and services, tailor marketing and keep in touch with consumers. The companies also say the information is critical in streamlining vaccinations and improving record-keeping, while ensuring only qualified people are receiving shots. wsj.com

Independent drugstores need more COVID-19 vaccine
Smaller, often independent, pharmacies have been requesting more COVID-19 vaccine. Most of the supply has been going to large chains such as CVS, Kroger, Walgreens and Walmart. Brian Caswell, owner of Wolkar Drug in Baxter Springs, KS, added a special freezer to store vaccines but has found that he can't get the amount he and his customers need. usatoday.com

Trump, former first lady quietly received Covid vaccine in January

Gov. Whitmer: Michigan to relax restaurant, business restrictions starting Friday

Minimum wage hike all but dead in big COVID relief bill

Out-of-work Americans try to figure out how to pay tax on jobless benefits

Gift Card Fraud Signage & Employee Training
Undercover Report: What Are Retailers Doing to Protect Customers from Scams?

Gift card scams raked in more than $80 million in 2020

Gift cards have topped the list of reported fraud payments every year since 2018. The FBI says they're an easy way for scammers to monetize their scheme without having to deal with cash.

News4 visited seven major retailers and saw that all had signs warning about scams on their gift card displays, although some were more obvious than others. Those same retailers said they train their employees to identify red flags to spot potential fraud victims.

But when News4 sent a producer undercover to see whether they would question him if he bought $1,000 in gift cards, only three retailers out of seven did. Walmart, Target, Safeway and CVS cashiers did not question the producer. They scanned the gift cards, but when it was time to pay, he told them his wallet was in the car and left.

CVS told us that if our producer had continued with the transaction, the card reader would have prompted him to answer questions about his gift card purchase. Walmart said the cashier followed the necessary protocols in this case. Target and Safeway didn't want to share any details about how they train their employees to spot potential gift card scams, because criminals could use that to their advantage.

At Giant, Walgreens and Best Buy the producer was not only asked why he was buying the cards, but the cashiers also wanted to make sure he wasn't being pressured.

"Just do me a favor sir, if you have received any phone call or an email from anyone asking you for gift cards, it's a scam; be careful," said a Best Buy employee. nbcwashington.com

'Shame on Walgreens:' Neighbors petition San Francisco store
plagued by shoplifting not to close

Locals responded to the imminent closure of a Walgreens store plagued by frequent shoplifting by launching a petition urging the corporation to keep the store open. It is set to close on March 17. The store, located in the Tenderloin neighborhood, recently posted signs telling customers about its closing and that all prescription information would be transferred to another Walgreens, located three blocks away.

The store reported at least 18 shoplifting, robbery and burglary incidents to the San Francisco Police Department between September and December of 2020, according to police data. In a handful of incidents, thieves brandished knives or other weapons, or assaulted an employee or guard. In many cases, they stole merchandise valued under $950, which is the threshold at which shoplifting becomes a felony charge.

San Francisco resident Sebastian Luke, who has made it a personal crusade to save San Francisco's Walgreens stores from closures, said the Bush Street location has increased its security in response to frequent thefts. It hired a security guard and keeps many items, including toothpaste and allergy medicine, in locked cabinets, he said.

Many Walgreens stores across the city are facing rampant shoplifting, prompting the San Francisco District Attorney's office to begin working with loss-prevention consultants at the ALTO Alliance to prosecute the most serious repeat offenders. They're working with some of the hardest-hit stores in the city to identify and issue arrest warrants for those suspects, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Donahue said. missionlocal.org

Nike executive resigns over ties to son's sneaker resale business
Nike Inc. executive Ann Hebert abruptly left the company following a Bloomberg Businessweek report about her son operating a business reselling sneakers and using a credit card in her name to purchase $132,000 worth of limited-edition sneakers for his own resale company.

Hebert, who served as vice president and general manager of North America, departed Monday, effective immediately, Nike said in a brief statement. She had been in the role since last June, overseeing Nike's sales, marketing and merchandising in the region. The executive had spent more than 25 years with the Beaverton, Oregon-based company, which said it would announce a new leader for North America shortly.

Bloomberg Businessweek's latest cover article explored the story of Joe Hebert, Ann's son, a college dropout who makes a living as a sneaker reseller. Known to his customers as West Coast Joe, he started reselling streetwear in high school and now flips hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of shoes each month.

A Nike representative said the executive disclosed relevant information about her son's business to Nike in 2018. The company said at the time that Hebert did not violate "company policy, privileged information or conflicts of interest." bloomberg.com nydailynews.com

Firearm Industry, Retailers and ATF Partner to Safeguard Communities
The firearm industry is leveraging unique partnerships to help firearm retailers become part of the safety solutions in their communities. Through Real Solutions the firearm industry trade association partners with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), for a campaign called Operation Secure Store (OSS). The goal is to deter and reduce the instances of theft and burglary of firearms from retailers. These partnerships have had a positive impact on reducing the criminal misuse of firearms. ammoland.com

Rift between Airbnb and hosts grows
Just days before its first earnings as a public company, Airbnb has a "trust" problem. A "rift" is growing, reports The New York Times, between its four million hosts and the company, and it's been exacerbated by the pandemic and the rental giant's cancellation policies. One host revealed she lost $25,000 in reservations and she claims Airbnb did little to make up for that loss. Hundreds like her are going after the company in the form of lawsuits, while others are opting to book guests directly or turning to other sites. One rental advisor said, "A lot of the damage is permanent." linkedin.com

Apple reopens all of its 270 stores across the US with coronavirus protocols still in effect

At-home fitness company Tonal to open shops within 40 Nordstrom stores

Paper Source files for bankruptcy with plans to sell itself

At least 2M Amazon customers went to Kohl's to make a return last year

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Meet Auror Investigate

An inside look into the platform powering tomorrow's investigators

By Tom Batterbury, Co-CEO at Auror,
the Retail Crime Intelligence Platform working with retailers around the world.

Building retail criminal investigations can be an involved and cumbersome process. Often initiated by store known theft reports, the investigators begin the time consuming process of uncovering the extent of the criminal enterprise as they piece together their investigation.

  • Is the booster hitting multiple stores? Where/when/how? Are they still active?

  • Reviewing hours of video footage.

  • Is there a pattern of similar products, methods of offense, or vehicles?

  • Are they working with other boosters?

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Cyber Threats from Physical Intruders
Physical cyber threats: What do criminals leave when they break in? 
While businesses have continued to fortify their networks against remote invaders, most have overlooked the potential for cyber threats from physical intruders. With very few exceptions such as government facilities, organizations tend to be extremely vulnerable to cyberattacks that involve a threat actor gaining direct access to the infrastructure.

While such attacks are extremely rare in comparison to the endless virtual attacks launched every day, physical security gaps can allow threat actors to circumvent otherwise strong defenses to inflict serious damage. Unlike an ordinary burglary, the threat is not what is stolen by the intruder, but what they leave behind - anything from keyloggers to backdoor malware. It's especially important that organizations that are in high-risk sectors such as finance be prepared for such attacks.

Fortunately, however, with the right precautions it is possible to minimize the risk of a physical intruder, and spot incursions based on digital and physical evidence left behind.

How do intruders breach the building?

The first part of any physical cyberattack is gaining access to the building, and our red teaming exercises have found this is often shockingly easy to do. While you might forgive a business for being caught out by an elaborate Ocean's Eleven style heist, all too often it is easy enough to simply walk in.

We have often found that even in industries that have good cause to take their physical security seriously, the focus tends to be on specific valuable assets rather than the building as a whole. Banks, for example, will obviously have their defenses focused on secure vaults and strongrooms to protect cash and other valuable items, but the office portion of the building will be lightly secured.

One of the most straightforward tactics is to simply tailgate an employee through the doors. People tend to instinctively hold doors open for others coming in behind them and are unlikely to question it. Or perhaps, if the building has a back entrance where smokers congregate, the imposter can simply join them for a quick smoke and then drift inside with the crowd.

Physical cyber threats: What damage can you expect? - Preventing a physical cyberattack helpnetsecurity.com

Is your company losing data amid remote work?
A new Data Loss Prevention Report 2021 from Egress reveals that 95% of IT leaders say that client and company data is at risk on email. Additionally, 83% of organizations have suffered data breaches via this channel in the last 12 months. Human error was at the root of nearly one-quarter of incidents, with 24% caused by an employee sharing data in error - for example, sending an email containing sensitive data to the wrong recipient or attaching the wrong file.
The study, independently conducted by Arlington Research on behalf of Egress, interviewed 500 IT leaders and 3,000 remote-working employees in the U.S. and UK across vertical sectors including financial services, healthcare and legal.

Here are a few more insights:

95% of IT leaders believe that client and company data is at risk on email

Data is most at risk on email, with 83% of organizations experiencing email data breaches

24% of email data breach incidents were caused by an employee sharing data in error

42% of IT leaders say that half of all incidents won't be detected by their static DLP tools

85% of employees are sending more emails due to remote working, heightening the risk of an email data breach

59% of IT leaders have reported an increase in email data leaks since implementing remote working as a result of the pandemic

73% of employees feel worse due to the pandemic, leading to increased likelihood of mistakes and security incidents securitymagazine.com

One in four people use work password to log on to personal sites, increasing the risk to the enterprise

Former CISA Director Chris Krebs Discusses Risk Management & Threat Intel




AI Privacy Breach?
Amazon is putting cameras in its delivery vans & some drivers aren't happy
Road safety experts say Amazon's driver monitoring should bring safety benefits for the company and everyone it shares roads with. At the same time, drivers like Elizabeth are bracing themselves for what happens when cameras can scrutinize their every move, delivering feedback that could impact their livelihoods.

Amazon said in a recent video that it hopes the new system gives drivers "peace of mind" while delivering packages, but drivers like Elizabeth say they're nervous. "If one thing messes up, I'm going to freak out," Elizabeth told CNN Business. "That's my job, it's over. They're going to see it on camera."

Amazon spokesperson Deborah Bass told CNN Business that drivers could not lose their jobs for a single mistake, but declined to detail how Amazon recommends the partner companies that make its deliveries handle feedback, coaching and discipline. Amazon has said video footage from the cameras will only be sent to it in certain circumstances, including hard braking, hard acceleration and U-turns.

"Safety is Amazon's top priority," Amazon's Bass said in a statement. "Whether it's state-of-the art telemetrics and advanced safety technology in last-mile vans, driver-safety training programs, or continuous improvements within our mapping and routing technology, we have invested tens of millions of dollars in safety mechanisms across our network, and regularly communicate safety best practices to drivers."

Companies monitoring commercial drivers isn't new. Businesses like UPS and DHL rely on telematics systems that track driver behavior such as seat belt use, speed, acceleration and braking. UPS says it's relied on telematics for more than 20 years. Amazon is going further and embracing cameras consistently pointed at drivers, which rely on artificial intelligence to voice real-time feedback. Drivers will get real-time warnings if they run a stop sign, tailgate, or are distracted. cnn.com

'Stay-at-Home Economy' Boosting Etsy

Etsy CEO hopes to build more e-commerce market share
no matter what happens with Covid
Etsy CEO Josh Silverman told CNBC on Friday that nobody knows what's going to happen with the coronavirus pandemic this year, but he hopes the company will "outpace e-commerce overall." "None of us have a crystal ball," Silverman said on "Squawk Box," one day after the online marketplace reported much better than expected fourth-quarter earnings and revenue.

Etsy has been a big beneficiary of the stay-at-home economy during Covid. "If I look at 2020, e-commerce grew at a crazy rate. E-commerce grew at over 40% year over year, and yet Etsy grew 2.5 times the rate of e-commerce," he said. "I don't know what e-commerce is going to do in 2021," he acknowledged, but added, "I hope and believe that Etsy will be able to continue to outpace e-commerce overall." cnbc.com

Kohl's says it added 2 million new customers in 2020, thanks to Amazon




Dollar General Theft Ring - Gas Station Raids
Cleveland, OH: Gas station raids connected to Interstate Theft Ring victimizing Dollar General stores
At least three Cuyahoga County gas stations were raided early Monday morning. Cleveland police said a series of raids involving gas stations Monday morning is connected to an investigation of a theft ring involving interstate commerce. Police said federal, state, and local police served search warrants at five locations in three cities Monday morning connected to the investigation. Two of those search warrants involved raids at gas stations in East Cleveland. Police were seen walking in and out of the Shell gas station at Euclid and Superior, while police and workers wearing Dollar General logos were seen carrying grocery items and household goods out of the Sunoco gas station across from Shaw High School.

Cleveland police confirm the thefts involved carjackings in which truckloads of goods were stolen. Investigators said the victim in those cases was Dollar General stores. A spokesperson for Dollar General referred questions to local authorities so "as to not hinder their investigation." Cleveland police said the department's Financial Crimes Units is handling the investigation, which police said is in its early stages. Police said additional search warrants were served in Parma and Cleveland. Late Monday afternoon, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office said thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise and property were recovered as part of the raids. news5cleveland.com

St Louis, MO: Serial burglars charged with stealing more than $50,000 of merchandise from Ulta Beauty
Two men face charges that they robbed a series of Ulta Beauty stores across St. Louis, including the store in South County. St. Louis County prosecutors have charged Demetrius Owens, 18, and Ryan Jones, 37, with three counts each of second-degree burglary, one count of stealing over $25,000, one count of stealing over $750 and three counts of second-degree property damage. Jones was arrested Feb. 10, and Owens was arrested Feb. 26.

According to the probable-cause statement released by police, a burglar alarm was triggered at Ulta Beauty, in West County Nov. 24, 2020. Officers found the window on the front door completely shattered and $19,125.50 of perfumes and colognes missing. Video surveillance showed two suspects entering the store and taking the missing perfumes. A witness called 911 Nov. 28, 2020, about a burglary in progress at the Ulta Beauty on Gravois Bluffs Plaza Drive. The front door window was also completely shattered, and this time $34,087 of merchandise was taken from the store.

The witness said he saw two suspects come and go in a black vehicle. Video surveillance showed two suspects, wearing similar clothing from the Olive Boulevard burglary, taking the missing merchandise. Video from the previous day showed Demetrius Owens and Ryan Jones outside the Gravois Bluffs Ulta on Nov. 27, 2020, the day before that burglary. A week later, the burglars hit the South County Ulta: A burglar alarm was triggered at the South County shop, and officers responding found the front door window completely shattered. Video surveillance footage showed two suspects, wearing similar clothing from the previous Ulta burglaries.

An Ulta employee and a postal inspector later notified police about a posting from a friend of Owens and Jones that listed large amounts of perfumes and colognes inside Owens' and Jones' house in North County. When officers executed a search warrant at the residence at 1921 McLaran Ave., officers found clothes matching what the suspects had worn in the video surveillance from the burglaries as well as a lot of the merchandise that was stolen from the stores. callnewspapers.com

Peachtree City, GA: Thieves accused of stealing high-dollar fragrances
Police believe there is a ring of perfume bandits that have been hitting retail stores and shoplifting high-dollar fragrances. Police in Peachtree City say one of their perfume bandits is a suspect in a similar crime in Henry County. Police say the two women were caught on camera at an Ulta in Peachtree City picking out expensive perfumes and colognes. When it came time to pay, they simply walked out of the door even though they are confronted by store clerks. Peachtree City police say of one of the suspects has been identified as the same woman who stole fragrances from an Ulta in McDonough in January. However, police say the second suspect in the Peachtree City case does not appear to match the second suspect in McDonough. Police say, if caught, the women face felony charges of shoplifting because of the high-dollar amount of the items taken. fox5atlanta.com

Honolulu, HI: Big Island man charged in connection to several shoplifting incidents across Hilo
Bryan Kaipo Piilani of Hilo was charged with two counts of Theft in the First Degree during an emergency period and Theft in the Fourth Degree. The charges stem from three separate shoplifting incidents in February during which Piilani had entered a retail establishment and apparently removed various items without paying for them. According to a police report, Piilani allegedly stole $160 worth of items from a surplus store on Mamo Street on Feb. 22. The next day, Piilani was found to have reportedly stolen $379.00 worth of items from a convenience store on Kinoole Street. Then on Thursday, Feb. 25, Piilani allegedly took approximately $365.00 worth of items from a convenience store on W. Kawailani Street. In all three incidents, police say Piilani was observed on the store's video surveillance cameras. Police want to remind the public that in light of Governor David Ige's current COVID-19 emergency proclamation, that there are enhanced penalties for certain offenses. These offenses include, but are not limited to, burglary, theft, criminal property damage, and robbery.  khon2.com

Portland, OR: Wig shop burglarized; $50K in merchandise stolen

Evans, GA: Fake Walmart Employee Steals $3,000 Worth of AirPods;
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Shootings & Deaths

Ogden, UT: Owner of C-Store Shot and Killed in Armed Robbery
Police released surveillance video of a suspect they said is wanted in connection to the murder of a popular grocery store owner during an overnight robbery at his Ogden store. The video showed a man who was wearing a blue surgical mask, black gloves, a gray Oakland Raiders hoodie with black sweat pants and dark-colored shoes. Investigators said the suspect is likely 16-25 years old. The Ogden community was shocked to learn about the killing of Satnam Singh. He was known for giving back to the community. ksltv.com

Columbus, GA: Coroner IDs 2 women dead after shooting in Family Dollar
parking lot
Authorities have identified the two women fatally shot Monday afternoon at a Columbus Family Dollar store. Jasmine Trice, 30, was pronounced dead at the store at 2112 Floyd Road. Kiera Williams, 28, died at the hospital, said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan. Bryan said his office was notified around 4:20 p.m. Monday, that one person was dead and another was injured and en route to Piedmont Columbus Regional, where Williams died around 5 p.m. Columbus police have not yet released any information on the double shooting. wtvm.com

Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix police arrest man in deadly shooting of 17-year-old at Desert Sky Mall; held on aggravated assault charge
Police tweeted Saturday morning that they have arrested the person they believe shot and killed a 17-year-old boy at Desert Sky Mall on Valentine's Day. The Phoenix Police Department identified the suspect as 20-year-old Alexi Acosta. azfamily.com

Bergen County, NJ: Merchant's 'Pointless' Firing Of Blank Gun At Route 17 Shopping Center Endangered Police
A jewelry store salesman who forced the lockdown of a Bergen County shopping center by firing a blank gun created danger for a large number of law enforcement responders through his "pointless act," the local police chief said Monday. Police responding to the report of shots fired Saturday night found David Ahdout, 33, of Upper Saddle River in his family's Omega Fine Jewelry store in the Interstate Shopping Center off Route 17, Ramsey Police Chief Bryan Gurney said. They also found nine blank ammo-firing pistol replicas, the chief said. Witnesses told police they saw Ahdout discharge the weapon behind the shopping center and duck into a back door of one of the businesses around 7:30 p.m., the chief said. Police joined by a Bergen County Regional SWAT team entered the jewelry store and took Adhout into custody. dailyvoice.com

Broomfield, CO: Woman who fired shots in Walmart sentenced to probation
Alyssa Borquez, 22, was sentenced last week for felony menacing in the February 2020 incident. She was originally charged with 7 counts of attempted murder. The Broomfield Police Department (BPD) responded to Walmart on reports of shots being fired inside the store. No injuries were reported. Investigators believed the shots were fired as the result of a dispute between two people who knew each other, BPD said at the time. 9news.com

Jersey City, NJ: Police Investigating Fatal Shooting outside BJ's & ShopRite stores

Louisville, KY: Jeffersonville man who fatally shot co-worker at Big O Tires sentenced to 10 years in prison

Philadelphia, PA: 2 arrested for robbery, shooting at Philly cell phone store

Clarksville, TN: ATF and CPD offer reward in robbery shooting of gas station clerk



Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Athens, GA: Police arrest man accused of kidnapping store clerk
Police in Athens said officers were able to apprehend a man suspected of robbing a store, kidnapping the clerk and forcing her to go to a local hotel against their will. Police arrested 51-year-old Melvin Allison approximately 45 minutes after receiving a report of an armed robbery, kidnapping and sexual assault at a Golden Pantry convenience store Investigators said Allison entered the store and implied he was armed. He stole several items from the store before assaulting the clerk. Police said the suspect forced the victim to go to various locations, finally holding the victim at a local hotel. The victim escaped and called police.  fox5atlanta.com

Hollywood, FL: Police search for suspected repeat robber behind CVS,
Walgreens Robberies
Hollywood Police are searching for a suspected repeat robber. Surveillance video captured a man robbing a CVS store last week. Hollywood Police are investigating the robbery along North 66th Avenue. They believe that same suspect could be behind another robbery at a Walgreens two weeks ago near US 441 and Pembroke Road. wsvn.com

Chicago, IL: Armed Robberies in 4 western suburbs may be linked
Two suspects shot a Marengo gas station clerk last week, and police say they might also be tied to robberies in Aurora, Naperville and Downers Grove. Police say the two people wanted in the shooting of suburban gas station clerk are now linked to a crime spree in another community. These are surveillance videos, photos of the men accused. Holding up Marengo gas station Wednesday and opening fire on an employee inside, now police believe those same suspects are responsible for three armed robberies in convenience stores in Aurora. Those happened on Monday, Tuesday, and again on Thursday night.  news.yahoo.com

Mohegan Lake, NY: State Police seeking public's assistance identifying man displaying a gun in Walmart posing as Loss Prevention

New Bern, NC: Man sentenced to 34 years in prison for two Jewelry store Armed Robberies




C-Store - Springfield, MA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Ogden, UT - Armed Robbery / Owner killed
C-Store - Pittsburg, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Philadelphia, MS - Burglary
C-Store - Athens, GA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Hamden, CT - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - East Liberty, PA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Pittsburgh, PA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Martinsburg, WV - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Grants Pass, OR - Burglary
Jewelry - Bergen County, NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - Clarksburg, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - San Francisco, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Durham, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Middletown, DE - Robbery
Liquor - Naperville, IL - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Ansonia, CT - Armed Robbery (Subway)
7-Eleven - Downers Groves, IL - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Secaucus, NJ - Robbery
Walmart - Huntley, IL - Robbery
Wigs - Portland, OR - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 3 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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