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2022 TMA Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

Winners to be announced April 25th at virtual awards ceremony

March 28, 2022, McLean, VA - The Monitoring Association (TMA) is pleased to announce the finalists for its 2022 Excellence Awards. This year, the awards competition received a total 23 entries across five categories. Listed in alphabetical order by company within each category, the finalists are:

Monitoring Center of the Year - Enterprise

1. ADT
2. AvantGuard Monitoring Centers
3. COPS Monitoring

Read the full list of finalists here

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

C-Store Robberies Surge 300% in Baltimore
Baltimore sees 25% spike in robberies at the start of the year, reversing previous declines
The robbery last month at La Bodeguita in Brooklyn is among 714 robberies recorded in the city so far this year. That's a 24.6% increase, from 573 at the same time last year, according to latest available data from the Baltimore Police Department.

Those incidents include robberies at convenience stores, gas stations and other commercial businesses, as well as carjackings and street robberies. The biggest increase is among convenience stores, where robberies - the unlawful taking of property from a person with force or the threat of it - have jumped 300%, with more than 80 so far this year.

Police also have recorded a large increase in robberies they identify as "miscellaneous." There have been 268 robberies in that category, compared to 24 at the same time last year - a more than tenfold increase. However, the department attributed the surge in that category to its switch to a new reporting system. Officials say they are working to correct that data.

In 2019, then-U. S. Attorney General William Barr called Baltimore the country's "robbery capital" as he announced the city was among several to receive increased law enforcement resources.

But at that point, robberies had been declining steadily since 2017, when the city reported 5,879, according to FBI data. The number dropped to 3,100 by 2020, the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, the number increased slightly to 3,400 robberies.

The sharp surge upward in the first three months of 2022 has raised concerns. The spike comes as the department battles a stubbornly high rate of violent crime. Already, 76 people have been killed in the city this year, up from 65 at the same point last year. There have been 156 other people injured in shootings, up from 115 at this time last year. The city has reported more than 300 homicides each year since 2015. baltimoresun.com

The Organized Retail Crime Act
Op-Ed: Pass proposed bill to crack down on brazen, organized retail theft

Increasing retail theft threatens the safety of employees and customers and has a ripple effect, funding other criminal activity through the sales of stolen goods.

As the Illinois General Assembly winds down its abbreviated session, lawmakers have the opportunity to pass legislation that would give law enforcement the needed tools to combat organized retail crime.

The legislation would be one of the most comprehensive efforts in the nation against these crimes, serving to dismantle the sprawling criminal rings funded by these brazen thefts.

The Organized Retail Crime Act, supported by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association in partnership with the Illinois attorney general's office, would modernize Illinois law to close gaps that criminals exploit and provide better tools to help hold criminals accountable.

The proposal includes dedicated state funds to investigate and prosecute the criminal rings orchestrating organized retail theft. These sophisticated criminal rings operate across county and state borders, targeting retailers to then resell stolen merchandise for below-market value using online marketplaces. The proposal would also strengthen oversight of these online marketplaces, establish stronger rights for victims of organized retail crime and create a statewide intelligence platform to help retailers and law enforcement agencies better coordinate their efforts.

Under the legislation, those who participate in smash-and-grab robberies, and those who loot supply chain vehicles such as trains and cargo trucks, could be prosecuted for organized retail crime. Prosecutors would also be given discretion to bring charges regardless of where the crime takes place, adding a further deterrent to criminals.  chicago.suntimes.com

State Theft Legislation Modeled After INFORM Consumers Act
Op-Ed: Attention, Oklahoma shoppers! State works to create safe marketplace for you, retailers
Oklahoma ranks 11th in the nation in theft per capita, while nearly $1 billion in goods are stolen from Oklahoma state retailers each year. All manner of stolen and counterfeit products from over-the-counter medicines to power tools are sold to unsuspecting consumers, costing the U.S. economy an estimated $509 billion each year. Many of these stolen or counterfeit items are sold or "fenced" through online sellers - where it can be challenging for law enforcement to track and investigate.

Without this legislation, consumers have very little recourse when victimized by counterfeit products. HB1627 would have online marketplaces verify certain information regarding high-volume, third-party sellers of consumer products. Privacy exemptions and safeguards to protect those who sell out of their homes were included in the bill to protect small business owners. When HB1627 is enacted into law, online marketplaces will be transparent about the consumer products they sell and will be required to disclose to consumers contact information concerning third-party sellers.

Retail theft is becoming more aggressive and violent. Seventy-six percent of retailers reported that a criminal has physically assaulted and threatened the use of a weapon against an associate. Just last month, local news outlets showed security camera video of a Yukon hardware store manager who was threatened with a hammer when he tried to block the exit from the criminal.

HB1627 is modeled exactly after the federal INFORM Consumers Act (H.R.5502), which is supported by retailers, consumer groups and online marketplaces. Both bills protect all sizes of businesses by providing a safe and transparent marketplace. HB 1627 bill is part of a multi-pronged plan by Oklahoma retailers to address public safety and retail theft. Passage of HB1627 is a vital step toward providing confidence to consumers that they are safely shopping on marketplace sites, fair competition to brick and mortar retailers, and a safer workplace for frontline retailer workers. oklahoman.com

   In Case You Missed It: Read the Daily's Exclusive Coverage on OK's ORC Effort

'Refund the Police' to Fight Crime Wave
Biden's budget includes more money for police, as White House aims to address crime concerns

White House budget chief backs 'critical investments' to 'put more cops on the beat'

The Biden administration on Monday talked up its spending proposals targeting crime, as officials rolled out the president's proposed budget for the 2023 fiscal year.

The plans for police-related spending come as U.S. cities have faced a sustained surge in murders. Republicans see crime as a winning issue in the upcoming midterm elections, and they have made an effort to portray Biden and his fellow Democrats as being "soft on crime."

The White House said in a statement that Biden's budget plan aims to put more police officers on beats by providing $3.2 billion for state and local grants and $30 billion to "support law enforcement, crime prevention and community violence intervention."

There's also $1.7 billion to provide the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with "more tools to tackle gun violence," the White House said. That would include expanding gun trafficking strike forces and modernizing a center that traces firearms associated with crimes.

In addition, the Justice Department would get $367 million, an increase of $101 million over the 2021 enacted level, to support police reform, the prosecution of hate crimes, enforcement of voting rights and efforts to provide equitable access to justice. And the budget plan features $100 million for workforce development services to people in the federal prison system, along with $106 million to support the deployment of body cameras for DOJ's law enforcement officers.

In his State of the Union address earlier this month, Biden had addressed money for law enforcement, saying: "The answer is not to defund the police. It's to fund the police." marketwatch.com

25 Shootings in 6 Days - Robberies Up 48%
NYC crime, shootings maintain uptick after another week of bloodshed

There were 25 shootings in the Big Apple between March 21 and March 27

There were 25 shootings reported between March 21 and March 27, a slight increase from the 23 incidents during the same time in 2021, the New York Police Department's (NYPD) most recent police department statistics, released Monday, show.

And 27 people were wounded in those shootings compared to the 25 last year, NYPD data further show. Transit crimes from March 21 to March 27 were up 20.7%, robberies were up 48.1% and felony assaults were up 22.1% and grand larceny auto was up 77%, cops said. Meanwhile, murders were down 40% year-over-year.

As for total index crime, which encompasses the NYPD's seven main types of offenses, the department saw a 35% increase compared to the same time last year. foxnews.com

Philadelphia launches 211 crime prevention hotline after violent weekend

Top 5 Most Commonly Stolen Items in America


COVID Update

559.9M Vaccinations Given

US: 81.6M Cases - 1M Dead - 64.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 483.9M Cases - 6.1M Dead - 418.1M Recovered

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The Beginning of Another Surge?
U.S. Covid Cases Plateau After Months Of Declines-And Rise In Some States
Daily coronavirus infections plateaued across the United States last week-and are on the rise in several states-following weeks of steadily declining case counts, even as Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths continue to drop nationwide, as U.S. health officials voice concern that the virus' BA.2 omicron subvariant could fuel another uptick in infections.

Average cases have risen over the last two weeks in nine states, along with Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and American Samoa, while cases have declined in the other 41 states, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

Kentucky is facing the fastest rise in Covid-19 cases, with a 106% uptick in two weeks according to the Times, followed by New York (up 56%), Colorado (30%), Massachusetts (27%), Texas (18%), Connecticut (17%), Vermont (17%), Rhode Island (9%) and Delaware (8%). forbes.com

COVID's 'Great Resignation' Coming Back to Bite Workers?
Many who quit during the Great Resignation now wishing they hadn't
Most of the millions of Americans who quit jobs during the Great Resignation regret the move, don't like their new position enough to stay or are searching for a new gig, according to a Harris Poll survey conducted March 18-20.

As USA Today reports, many workers acted hastily amid a pandemic that fostered severe worker shortages, a seismic shift to remote work and widespread burnout, employment experts say.

"People will make very fast moves," says Kathryn Minshew, CEO of The Muse, an online job board and advice company that specializes in helping candidates find the best cultural fit. Then they wonder, "Did I just make a mistake?"

About 1 in 5 workers who quit during the past two years regrets having done so, and a similar percentage is remorseful about starting their new job, according to Harris Poll's nationwide survey of about 2,000 adults. businessreport.com

'The Largest Fraud in American History'
The looting of the Covid relief plan known as PPP

The official in charge of Covid relief said that programs like PPP were structured in ways that were "an invitation" to fraudsters.

Many who participated in what prosecutors are calling the largest fraud in American history-the theft of hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money intended to help those harmed by the pandemic - couldn't resist purchasing luxury automobiles. Also mansions, private jet flights and swanky vacations.

They came into their riches by participating in what experts say is the theft of as much as $80 billion - or about 10 percent - of the $800 billion handed out in a Covid relief plan known as the Paycheck Protection Program. That's on top of the $90 billion to $400 billion believed to have been stolen from the $900 billion Covid unemployment relief program - at least half taken by international fraudsters - as NBC News reported last year. And another $80 billion potentially pilfered from a separate Covid disaster relief program. nbcnews.com

COVID Surge Rattling the Markets
Oil tumbles 7% as the market faces a new concern
Covid fears are rocking the oil market Monday as China's planned lockdown of Shanghai raises concerns about energy demand.

FDA authorizes second booster shots for adults age 50 and older

Omicron subvariant BA.2 is now the dominant strain of Covid-19 in the US

China locks down Shanghai, its biggest city, as Omicron fuels record surge

U.S. COVID-19 vaccinations hit 2-year low amid Omicron subvariant surge


Grocery Workers Move Forward With Walkouts
'We're prepared to strike': Southern California grocery workers authorize walkouts
Battered by two years of pandemic stress, tens of thousands of Southern California grocery workers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if supermarkets don't meet their wage demands as negotiations on a new contract resume in the coming weeks.

The vote, taken over five days, could lead to walkouts beginning at some Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Ralphs markets stretching from Central California to the Mexican border. The United Food and Commercial Workers announced that 95% of those voting at seven local unions approved a potential strike.

A three-year contract covering 47,000 workers at 540 stores expired March 6. Negotiations over a new agreement began in January but stalled three weeks ago. Workers seek substantial wage bumps, higher minimum hours for part-timers and store-level health and safety committees as pandemic concerns persist.

Ralphs has begun hiring temporary workers to prepare for walkouts. In a statement, the company said its stores will remain open despite the vote. "No one wins in a strike - not our associates, not our company, not our communities and not the union," it said. latimes.com

More Retail Uncertainty Looms
New Supply Chain Risk: 22,000 Dockworkers Who May Soon Strike

With the contract of union workers at West Coast ports nearing expiration, the prospect of a labor impasse threatens another shock to the global economy.

In a world contending with no end of economic troubles, a fresh source of concern now looms: the prospect of a confrontation between union dockworkers and their employers at some of the most critical ports on earth.

A labor impasse could worsen the floating traffic jams that have kept dozens of ships waiting in the Pacific before they can pull up to the docks. That could aggravate shortages and send already high prices for consumer goods soaring.

With ports consumed by traffic and Americans bemoaning inflation, the longshoremen grasp that their leverage may be uniquely potent. An impasse or a strike could deal another shock to the global economy, just as the world is grappling with the impacts of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and as China imposes new Covid restrictions on industry. nytimes.com

Amazon Ditching Its Physical Stores
Amazon pulling the plug on most of its retail stores apart from Whole Foods means it doesn't care as much about acquiring new Prime members anymore

Amazon is at a crossroads in its store strategy, and analysts predict its grocery stores will gain importance.

Earlier this month, the company said it would shutter several of its physical retail chains, including Amazon Books, 4-Star, and Pop Up stores. Reuters first reported the news.

That means the online retail giant's physical footprint is now almost entirely Whole Foods, Amazon Fresh, and Amazon Go stores, focusing on groceries, prepared foods, and other fast-moving goods. (It has also announced it will open one Amazon Style store focused on apparel in Los Angeles at some point in 2022.)

In all, Amazon said it would close 68 stores. That's a fraction of the number of grocery stores' locations: Whole Foods operates about 500 stores worldwide, while Fresh has 25 locations. businessinsider.com

Retail Easter Spending Down Slightly
NRF: More Consumers Hunting for Bargains this Easter
Consumers plan to spend an average $169.79 this year on Easter-related items, according to results of the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. A total of 80 percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday and spend a collective $20.8 billion, down slightly from last year's forecast of $21.6 billion.

With just more than half (51 percent) of consumers planning in-person celebrations, up from 43 percent the previous year, food will account for the largest spending category. Among those planning to celebrate Easter, the average spend is $53.61 on food, followed by $28.04 on gifts and $27.93 on clothing. nrf.com

Walmart Stops Selling Cigarettes in Some Stores

Retailers Face Spate of Hyper Activism Amid Post-COVID, Pre-Inflation Transition

Express appoints Big Lots vet as CFO

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Walmart Goes All In With Cyber & Tech Investments
What Walmart's tech investments mean for workers and shoppers

Its expansion could bring more convenience to employees and customers but also more use of people's data

Walmart executives say recent changes have been possible because of massive tech investments over the years, and more changes are coming. Walmart said this month it plans to hire more than 5,000 tech workers and open tech hubs in Atlanta and Toronto.

Walmart's tech ambitions

Walmart says it plans to expand its technology hubs and hire thousands of workers across the United States and Canada. The investment is aimed at offering more digital tools to boost convenience for workers and shoppers, the retail giant says.

As part of the expansion plans, the company - whose global tech team grew by 26 percent to 20,000 workers in the last fiscal year, which ended Jan. 31 - will hire cybersecurity professionals, software developers and engineers, and data scientists. All of them will help make workers' jobs more efficient and create a more personalized experience for shoppers regardless of whether they're online or in stores, Walmart says.

The Toronto hub, which is expected to be one of the largest of Walmart's 17 across the world, will employ hundreds of technologists, while 140 will be employed in Atlanta. Thousands of other jobs will be spread across the globe. Walmart said it chose the two cities partially because of the local tech talent and growing regional tech presences. Some tech talent may even come from its own workforce: Employees have the option to earn certifications and degrees for free. The company said 1,500 workers are already pursuing cybersecurity degrees through its Live Better U program.

What does all this tech mean for data collection?

Walmart says organizing the data it collects and doing more with it is equally as important as tech priorities such as cybersecurity and software engineering. Data not only helps the business run more efficiently, but it also could help Walmart's partners and merchants on its online marketplace make better decisions, said John Forrest Ales, senior director of global communications for Walmart Global Tech.

Walmart said the technology it develops doesn't always require personal data. Meanwhile, it has a team that advises the company on information privacy and how to use and govern data and cybersecurity. washingtonpost.com

More Cybersecurity Funding on the Way?
Biden budget requests big increase for cybersecurity
Federal civilian agencies would get $10.9 billion total for cybersecurity under the fiscal 2023 budget the Biden administration unveiled Monday, an 11% increase from the prior year, and the Defense Department would get $11.2 billion for unclassified cyber operations.

The Homeland Security Department accounts for the biggest slice, at $2.6 billion. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within DHS would soak up the vast majority of that, with a $2.5 billion overall budget request, but CISA does more than cyber, such as physical security for chemical plants.

"Cybersecurity remains a top priority for this Administration, as our adversaries continue to seek new and creative means to compromise Federal systems," one budget document explains. "The Administration has engaged top experts from across the Nation to identify leading security practices and set a bold new course to overhaul the Government's approach to securing Federal IT."

Historically, the Defense Department's cyber budget request outpaces the entire civilian total, a pattern that repeated itself according to the latest budget documents released Monday. The DOD money would bolster the cybersecurity of defense contractors, as well as add five more teams of the Cyber Command's Cyber Mission Force, from 137 to 142, according to DOD. Those teams conduct both offensive and defensive missions.

And the Justice Department would get an extra $52 million for cybersecurity, with money going to hiring additional agents and strengthening intelligence collection. cyberscoop.com

Defending Against Russian Cyberattacks
As Russia hackers target US, cyber security expert advises on computer protection
As the US continues to side with Ukraine in their battle to keep their country from Russia, the Biden Advertisementadministration is sounding the alarm of possible cyber attacks from Russia, targeting the nation's financial sector, power grids, and water systems.

The FBI says Russian hackers have recently scanned the networks of at least five U.S. Energy companies and 18 other companies that provide defense and financial services. These scans are thought to be preludes to planned cyber attacks, as hackers look for software vulnerabilities.

A cyber security expert who spoke with CBS12 News says to always use multi-factor authentication. He also says to never repeat passwords because if hackers get one password, they'll try it to log in to other online accounts with it. He also recommends people read up on the latest phishing trends so they know what to look for. Another thing to do is to block incoming emails from Russian servers.

Business owners can also have their engineers or cybersecurity experts block anything incoming from Russia to company servers. cbs12.com

'Preparation, Not Panic'
Video: Head of US cybersecurity on possible Russian cyberattack
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly told CNN's Pamela Brown that the US government is making preparations in the face of a possible Russian cyberattack on US critical infrastructure and businesses.

Cyber security expert says Ukrainian hackers are breaking into Russian networks

Cybercriminals focusing on crypto donations to Ukraine to trick victims







Amazon Data Collection

Obtaining My Personal Data From Amazon Was a Nightmare

I asked Amazon to provide the data it had collected on me. The process was a labyrinthine endurance test.

You can view the information that various websites - like Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn, to name a few - have about you by submitting a data request. A corporate data request is a curiously asymmetrical notion: These companies don't request your information, they just take it (sometimes even if you don't use their services), yet you have to request your own information from them. It's a bit like if you have a stalker who's been shadowing you around, meticulously documenting everywhere you go, everyone you talk to, and everything you do, who's now handing you a form to fill out if you want to see the boxes of files they've been keeping on you.

The first thing I learned is that Amazon is in no hurry to give you your data, nor does it really encourage you to ask for it in the first place. I couldn't even figure out how to navigate to the request page without turning to a search engine. In fact, Amazon seems keen to discourage data requests, as making one is a labyrinthine endurance test of being bounced from one webpage to the next, waiting for weeks, and then downloading, extracting, and combing through dozens of files. Requesting your data from Amazon is an exhausting procession that feels a little bit like a text adventure game designed by Franz Kafka.

Once you've actually made it to the preliminary "Request Your Personal Information" page, Amazon suggests that you can also access "a lot of your personal information in Your Account." This is the first iteration of a refrain that you will run into multiple times throughout the protracted data request process, repeated every step of the way. Once you submit your request, you're taken to the "Data Request Creation" page, which thanks you and informs you that "You're almost done..." but now need to click a verification link in your email.

The "Data Request Confirmation" page also informs you that you may be in for a bit of a wait. Though Amazon says that it will "provide your information to you as soon as we can," "soon" is apparently meant to be interpreted on a monthly time scale, as the page further states that "usually, this should not take more than a month." Though of course, "in exceptional cases, for example if a request is more complex or if we are processing a high volume of requests, it might take longer." This protracted time frame forms an intriguing juxtaposition to the otherwise universal emphasis on speed that facilitates shopping on Amazon. "If you have to click multiple buttons, if you have to wait for too long, if you have to answer a lot of information - all of those things create friction, and friction exponentially kills the joy of shopping," Nadia Shouraboura, a former member Amazon's management board, said in the 2014 CNBC documentary "Amazon Rising." theintercept.com

Online Shopping Mix-Up
Customer at major UK retailer received more than 100 text messages with links to GPS locations and photos of other shoppers' parcels on doorsteps

The texts included links to GPS locations and photos of packages on people's doorsteps.

A shopper at UK retailer Marks & Spencer was bombarded with more than 100 text messages, which included links to the GPS locations and photos of other customers' packages.

The 28-year-old customer, named only as Tom, told the outlet he was inundated with the messages immediately after purchasing bedding from the store online.

Tom said that no personal details of other customers were shared in the links he received, but he could see the exact location and photos of parcels left on their doorsteps. businessinsider.com

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Washington, DC: Flash-style robbery reported at Georgetown stores
Two Georgetown businesses found themselves the targets of crime Monday afternoon. Around 12:39 p.m., the Metropolitan Police Department got a call for a reported robbery at Atmos clothing store on the 3100 block of M Street Northwest. Two workers in a store nearby told WUSA9 they saw 7 to 12 people pull up in two cars outside of the store just before the alleged crime took place. After that, they said they then saw the group rush out of the store with their arms full of clothes. MPD said it did not know the exact number of people who entered the store at this point in its investigation. However, the department said it is now on the lookout for a dark silver Honda CRV and that it is now classifying the report as a theft. MPD officers would be called to the 3200 block of O Street Northwest two hours later for a reported robbery at a store named Capitol Connect DC. Capitol Connect DC sells smoking accessories, according to its website. wusa9.com

Wayne, NJ: Fugitive Shoplifter arrested at Macy's in Wayne, NJ
A serial shoplifter, wanted in multiple New Jersey towns and in multiple states was caught in the act at Macy's in the Willowbrook Mall, taken into custody and will likely be extradited to Maryland for previous crimes. The following account is based on a statement released by the Wayne Police Department. On Saturday, March 26, Wayne police officers Kevin MacDonald and Erik Cueva responded to a call from Macy's. they had a suspected thief in store custody. Upon arrival, the officers met with a Loss Prevention agent who offered a video of a man now suspected of shoplifting.

"Loss prevention claimed that the suspected shoplifter selected several articles of clothing, entered a fitting room and exited the fitting room with the merchandise concealed," said Wayne Police Detective Captain Dan Daly. "He then exited the store with no attempt to pay before he was apprehended by loss prevention." According to the loss prevention agent, hidden under the suspect's clothes were items totaling $774. Interestingly, the store alarm did not go off when the suspect left with the stolen merchandise. During a search of the suspect, officers discovered a magnet that was used to stop the stolen goods from setting off the alarm.

Arrested was Jonathan D. Peraltac of Jersey City. Back at the station, while booking Peraltac, it was discovered that there were multiple warrants out for his arrest. One was for a traffic violation in Hoboken, but there were also shoplifting warrants out of Paramus, East Brunswick and Lawrence, NJ. Daly said that the "warrants totaled $5,750." He then added that Peraltac "was a wanted person out of Anne Arundel County, Maryland for theft." And that "Anne Arundel County agreed to extradite the suspect." He was charged with Shoplifting, Possession of an Anti-Shoplifting Device Countermeasure and being a Fugitive from Justice. rlsmedia.com

Austintown, OH: Walmart Shoplifting suspect seeks to avoid arrest during funeral
Austintown police say they captured a Walmart shoplifting suspect on Sunday who sought refuge in a funeral home during calling hours. Walmart's loss prevention officer tells police that he began to follow a woman who he says self-scanned only a few of the 181 items in her shopping cart before leaving the store. The woman allegedly fled, leaving the carts filled with merchandise behind. Police say when the woman spotted their cruiser, she ducked into a nearby funeral home on Mahoning Avenue while calling hours were going on. An officer says he caught up with the woman as she was about to exit the funeral home. The suspect is identified as 30-year-old Laura Fowler and is listed as "homeless" on the police report. She was booked into the county jail on previous warrants from Boardman Police and a new charge of felony theft. It's estimated that the goods left behind in the shopping carts were worth a total of more than $2,000. wfmj.com

Milford, CT: Area Man Accused Of Stealing $1K Worth Of Items From Lowe's Store...7 years ago
A Hudson Valley man was arrested and accused of stealing merchandise worth $1,000 from a Connecticut store more than seven years ago. That merchandise was allegedly stolen from Lowe's, located in New Haven County at 311 Old Gate Lane in Milford, in October of 2014, the Milford Police Department said. Dutchess County resident Michael Horowitz, age 30, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Friday, March 18, in the incident, police said. He was charged with fifth-degree larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, authorities said. dailyvoice.com

East Wenatchee, WA: Police seek suspects in robbery at AutoZone, attempted assault on employee
East Wenatchee police are looking for a man and woman from Priest River, Idaho, who reportedly stole several items from the AutoZone store on Grant Road Sunday afternoon, then attempted to run over an employee who tried to stop them in the parking lot. Assistant Police Chief Erik Hampton said the suspects were in an 18-foot U-Haul truck with the woman suspect driving. "The driver told the employee he was going to get hit, then attempted to hit him with the vehicle," Hampton said. ncwlife.com

Northbrook, IL: 2 Men Steal $2K In Gas Over Several Dates, used unauthorized credit cards for 20 transactions

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Shootings & Deaths

Corpus Christi, TX: 27-year-old charged with murder of man in early-morning Stripes shooting
Corpus Christi police have arrested 27-year-old Anthony Whetstone and charged him for the murder of a man at a Stripes gas station at the intersection of Staples Street and Yorktown Boulevard on Monday morning. Whetstone is being held on a $500,000 bond. The deadly shooting happened inside a Stripes convenience store at the intersection of Staples Street and Yorktown Boulevard. Officers said it happened around 5:30 a.m. Monday following a fight between two men. Police said during that argument, one man pulled out a gun and shot the other. kristv.com

Orange County, NY: Man sentenced to 20 years to life in fatal 2016 grocery store stabbing
An Orange County man was sentenced to 20 years to life behind bars for fatally stabbing a stranger at a ShopRite in 2016. Andrew Goodenough, 41, was sentenced Monday in Goshen for stabbing 35-year-old Michael Kohus at the grocery store in Vails Gate. Prosecutors said in court that the victim's family was too upset to be present at the sentencing. Goodenough had previously told authorities he knew the victim, but prosecutors said the two never met. News 12 was told the case took six years to finalize due to psychiatric and competency issues. newjersey.news12.com

Ocala, FL: 14-year-old arrested in connection with fatal Ocala shooting outside Grocery store
A 14-year-old boy was arrested after he was accused of being an accomplice in the fatal shooting of a man outside an Ocala food store last Friday, police announced Monday. Police said Cedrick Bowie faces a murder charge in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Jacorie McCullough. clickorlando.com

Man shoots Queens pawn shop worker in the head
A pawn shop employee was gravely wounded Monday afternoon when a gunman walked into his Queens store and opened fire, striking the worker once in the head. The shooting took place inside the Global Pawn Shop in the Jamaica section of the borough just before 1 p.m., according to police. The gunman fired at least one shot and the 60-year-old employee was struck once in the head. The victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition, according to police. The gunman took off in an unknown direction. Police were canvassing the area for any surveillance video related to the crime. The motive behind the shooting wasn't immediately known. It was not clear if the gunman took off with any merchandise. reportdoor.com

Henrico County, VA: Woman caught in crossfire of shooting at White Oak Village shopping center
Police are investigating a shooting at White Oak Village shopping center in Henrico. Officers were called to the shopping center just before noon on Monday when people gathered around two vehicles got into an argument and started shooting at each other. No one was hit by gunfire, but one person was hit by a suspect vehicle that was leaving the scene. wtvr.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Knoxville, TN: KPD arrests man who allegedly threatened Family Dollar store employee with knife
A man was arrested for brandishing a knife and threatening a store employee after she refused to process a return without a receipt last week, according to a report obtained by WVLT News. On Monday, March 21, Knoxville Police Department officials responded to a report of an aggravated assault call at a Family Dollar, on Heiskell Avenue. A woman and her coworker made contact with police and said that a man and woman came into the store multiple times, confronting them after they refused to process a return without a receipt, the report stated. Police said the employee told them that the last time the man, identified as James A. Andrews, 32, entered the store, he "brandished a switchblade style knife, pointed it at her, and threatened her." The report also stated that the man told her he had been to prison before for killing someone. After the employee told the man and woman that she was calling the police, they reportedly left on foot. Investigators identified Andrews and the woman after they wrote their names down on a notepad in the store. Andrews was charged with aggravated assault. wvlt.tv

St Paul, MN: Charges dropped in Walgreens attack that was caught on video
Authorities have dropped criminal charges against a teen accused of attacking an 81-year-old outside of a Walgreens, after cellphone data showed he was in a completely different city at the time the assault occurred. The Ramsey County Attorney's Office dismissed assault and aggravated robbery charges against Isaiah J. Foster on March 18, writing in a court filing it "cannot prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt." The teen had been charged in connection with a high-profile attack outside of a St. Paul Walgreens on Dec. 23, 2021, in which a suspect was caught on video snatching a purse from the victim. During the incident, the victim fell, hit her head and suffered both a concussion and a brain bleed. Police shared video of the attack and days later Foster's mother turned in her son, saying the suspect in the footage looked like her son and was wearing a coat her son also owned. It now appears she was mistaken, with security camera footage and cellphone location data showing Foster was nowhere near the St. Paul Walgreens when the woman was assaulted. bringmethenews.com



AutoZone - East Wenatchee, WA - Robbery
C-Store - Spring, TX -Armed Robbery
C-Store - Des Moines, IA - Armed Robbery
Check Cashing - Boise, ID - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Washington, DC - Robbery
Dollar General - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Uniontown, PA - Robbery
Dollar General - Winslow Township, PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Pittsburgh, PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Tinley Park, IL - Robbery
Laundry - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Pawn - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery / Shooting
Pawn Corpus Christi, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Restaurant - Greenport, NY - Burglary (Subway)
Restaurant - Randolph County, NC - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Washington DC - Robbery
Verizon - Torrance, Ca -Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Westchester County, NY - Armed Robbery


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

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