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Patrick McEvoy promoted to VP, Risk, Fraud & Asset Protection for Saks OFF 5th
Patrick has been with Saks OFF 5th for nearly three years, starting with the company in 2020 as VP, Asset Protection. Before his promotion to VP, Risk, Fraud & Asset Protection, he served as VP, Risk and Fraud for nearly two years. Prior to Saks OFF 5th, he spent more than six years with Hudson's Bay Company in various AP leadership roles, including Sr. Director of AP Administration. Earlier in his career, he held AP/LP and security roles with Saks Fifth Avenue and JCPenney. Congratulations, Patrick!

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ADT and Miami Marlins announce historic, multi-year partnership

The Miami Marlins and ADT, the most trusted brand in smart home and small business security, team together to announce a history-making partnership highlighted by the club's first-ever jersey patch.

Additionally, ADT becomes the newest Pillar Partner of the Marlins organization as well as the Official Smart Security Partner and Official Solar Energy Partner of the Miami Marlins.

The partnership connects two premiere South Florida-based organizations committed to providing the best service and positively impacting the communities where their employees live, work and serve. ADT, a safety innovator for 148 years, has called Boca Raton, Florida, home for more than two decades and is the No. 1 smart home security provider in the U.S.

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ISC West 2023

ADT Commercial Among 2023 'Sammy Award' Winners
2023 SAMMY Award Winners Honored at ISC West

The annual SAMMY Awards were held this year at ISC West 2023 in a ceremony at 2:00 p.m. at The Bridge on the show floor.

Congratulations to the security dealers and system integrators who were honored for professionalism in their sales, marketing and installation endeavors at the annual SAMMY awards event.

Overall Marketing Program: ADT Commercial

Social Media Campaign: ADT Commercial

Vehicle Graphics Design: ADT Commercial and AlarmSouth

Installer of the Year: LOUD Security Systems

Integrated Installation of the Year: Preferred Technologies and Securitas Technology

Community Outreach Program: Acadian Total Security

Display Advertisement: LOUD Security Systems

Newsletter or Content Marketing: Acadian Total Security

Promotional Video or Audio: Vector Security

Website Design: Bates Security

Sales Brochure: Acadian Total Security

Promotional Giveaway Item: Schmidt Security Pro

Click here for the complete list of SSI 2023 SAMMY Finalists  sdmmag.com

Q&A With Axis VP for the Americas, Fredrik Nilsson
Axis Communications continues its tradition of customer-centric solutions

Security veteran Fredrik Nilsson discusses how 2023 ISC West event will showcase full range of technologies and services

It has been a busy two years at Axis Communications. There have been several new Axis Experience Centers opened around the country. These state-of-the-art technology solutions facilities recently welcomed clients in Manhattan, the Minneapolis/St. Paul metroplex and Houston. Other locations include Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Jose and Washington D.C, along with several around the globe. Then there are the myriad technology partnerships that have emerged as well, including those with Genetec, Pedestal Pro, SecuriThings, Ambient.ai, Wasabi and BriefCam to name but a few.

Through it all, Axis Communications Vice President for the Americas, Fredrik Nilsson, has either shepherded or spearheaded many of the missions of providing clients with cutting-edge technology. I was fortunate to speak to Fredrik prior to the ISC West kickoff about the Axis roadmap and how they see the future.

Steve Lasky: You're probably busier than ever as Axis has experienced the previous mergers and acquisitions and is now driving new partnerships. But you have also been opening new solution centers around the country over the last several months. Tell us a little bit about the newest ones that have opened. What are the solution labs all about and what's the mindset for opening these around the country?

Fredrik Nilsson: Great question. This is a journey that we started back in 2015 and we had a mantra of getting closer to the customers. We had also grown a lot by that point, so we needed to change our organization. We created here in the U.S. what we call the "business areas" that were self-sustaining units close to the customer and used those Experience Centers as a base for them to interact with the customers. We had one here in Chelmsford outside of Boston, back in 2010 when we opened our offices here. We soon realized that a lot of people in North America don't necessarily want to jump on a flight, fly six hours and then drive an hour outside of Boston to see what kind of solutions we have. So, we decided to get closer to the customers and build out teams around those and Experience Centers.

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ISC West 2023 show floor report:
Wave of technology innovation advances security industry

ISC West 2023, a show in transition for the positive, delivered a diverse and often fragmented ecosystem this week, with artificial intelligence dominating much of the attention.

Goldman Sachs had just reported this week that artificial intelligence (AI) could eventually replace 300 million jobs worldwide. So attendees, integrators and security executives had plenty of questions about implications for this technology.

Leading this massive trend for change in the industrial employment economic sector were areas that leverage data storage and scale, like security, that benefit from decision making made on a broad range of threats and opportunities -- including legal (44% share), architectural modeling/building information management/digital twins (37% share), and engineering design and sales (31%).

Future of AI Discussed

Activities in the expo's meeting rooms ranged from solution demonstrations for integrators and end users, sales, standards, committee meetings on a variety of topics and a unique AI forum delivered by Intelligent Security Systems Corporation (ISS).

While most agreed security industry members need to both be educated and participate in delivering AI solutions, the comparison with "analytics" and the challenges of managing "Big Data" dominated the discussion. securityinfowatch.com

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RFID's Expansion: Tracking Items in Real-Time & Cracking Down on Theft
As theft soars and e-commerce demand surges, RFID is having a moment

Apparel Retailers Turn to Chips to Track Merchandise in Stores

Improving technology, lower costs and e-commerce demands are leading some merchants to beef up efforts to track individual items on the sales floor using RFID chips

Apparel retailers are taking their inventory-management systems to the sales floor as they look to track individual items more closely through busy environments and fulfill more online orders through stores.

Apparel sellers American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Victoria's Secret & Co. and Nordstrom Inc. are among merchants expanding their use of a new generation of radio frequency identification, or RFID, chips to close an information gap in supply chains that grows as consumers try on and move merchandise around a store.

Retailers have long used RFID technology in tracking systems for containers, pallets and crates of goods, but high costs and limited technology have made tracking individual pieces difficult. That has left stores to take full stock of inventories at designated times, often when shops are closed.

Companies say the technology has advanced and the cost of the chips has come down enough that tracking individual items within a store makes more sense. Executives said tracking at the item level gives them better insight into customers' shopping habits, helps stores fill orders more quickly and allows store workers to save time when searching for merchandise.

American Eagle said Tuesday it plans to outfit about 500 stores across the U.S. with technology from New York-based startup Radar that tracks items by reading RFID chips embedded in the retailer's price tags.

Radar tracks the goods with flat white discs that are equipped with cameras and attached to a store's ceiling. The devices can read signals emitted by paper-thin RFID tags attached to the price tags on clothes and can track the location of shoppers in the store. The system works with all RFID tags, the company said.

Zara this year is implementing a system that will eliminate hard antitheft tags in favor of sewing RFID chips into its garments. wsj.com

Law Enforcement & AP Teams Grapple with Retail Theft Epidemic
Santa Monica officials consider a return to regular safety briefings as thefts continue to plague retailers
Downtown retailers, like their counterparts nationwide, are concerned by persistent theft and representatives from downtown retail outlets, together with the proprietors of several bars and restaurants, gathered at the Downtown Santa Monica (DTSM) offices on the Third Street Promenade this week to talk about the issues faced with combating crime and the current homelessness crisis.

Owners, employees and in particular asset protection managers from the likes of REI, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch and Ye Olde King's Head gathered after receiving a flyer from a community ambassador titled Retail Theft Diversion Meeting last week.

The problems faced are many, including theft and safety concerns. According to the California Highway Patrol, the problem of "retail crime" extends well beyond common shoplifting and often into organized criminal activity. CHP operates several regional retail theft task forces, including one in the Los Angeles area.

"Commercial burglary, vehicle burglary, identity theft, credit card fraud, forgery, and fencing (selling or distribution of) stolen property are part of a bigger picture that finance ongoing criminal operations," said CHP.

Stores can also have their own, very different set of problems to deal with, from simple theft, to people locking themselves inside in-store bathrooms for hours at a time to take drugs. However, participants at the meeting said if everyone within the downtown area can communicate and share resources, it's entirely possible some of these problems could be avoided, or at least reduced.

D'Andrea mentioned that in the past he had attempted to hold meetings on a weekly basis, but might try again to arrange similar meetings, but on a monthly or bimonthly frequency this time smdp.com

Good Lighting is Key to Retail Crime Prevention
Poor outdoor lighting outpaces bad customer service as biggest c-store deterrent, study says
Negative ratings of outdoor lighting deterred consumers from visiting convenience stores in 2022 far more than negative ratings of other elements of the business, according to a new consumer study from retail loyalty and technology company PDI Technologies and fuel savings platform GasBuddy.

Specifically, about 8.5% of consumers said that insufficient outdoor lighting would deter them from visiting a c-store, which outpaced poor cleanliness (4.6%), customer service (4.5%), coffee quality (3.9%) and restrooms (1.3%), according to the study.

The impact that poor outdoor lighting can have on a c-store's foot traffic underscores just how much one aspect of a retailer's experience influences the way consumers perceive both the forecourt and in-store environment, the study said.

In the report, PDI and GasBuddy agreed that although negative ratings for factors like outdoor lighting have more impact than positive ratings, c-stores are able to control these conditions and, consequently, their ratings.

With challenges like retail theft and vandalism continuing to persist throughout the c-store industry, good lighting on c-store forecourts at all times could go a long way toward crime prevention, experts say.

"If something looks run down, crime is more likely to occur," Wade Horton, director of Pinkerton, a corporate risk management services firm, said in a previous interview. "A single store operator on a dark street will probably see an increase [in crime] than one on the corner of two major highways with major lighting." cstoredive.com

Crime & Policing Reforms Enacted in Minneapolis
Minneapolis City Council unanimously approves sweeping plan to reform policing
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday unanimously approved a sweeping plan to reform policing that aims to reverse years of systemic racial bias.

The 11-0 vote means that the public can now read the 144-page settlement agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which charged the city with a pattern of discrimination in the wake of the 2020 murder of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer.

"This is the legacy of George Floyd," City Council President Andrea Jenkins said shortly before the council voted on the agreement. It restricts aggressive police tactics, seeks to reduce officer misconduct and supports the wellness of cops on the street.

Some examples:

• Officers will no longer be allowed to pull over a driver solely for mechanical issues like a broken tail light.

• The smell of marijuana won't be enough to justify a stop-and-frisk.

• Officers will have a duty to intervene if they see a fellow officer breaking the rules. If they fail to do so, they could be disciplined as severely as the first officer.

Progressive Manhattan DA Facing Renewed Backlash Over Crime Policies
Alvin Bragg's soft-on-crime policies scorched after Trump charges

Victim Rights NY founder Jennifer Harrison slammed the activist DA for being 'completely incompetent'

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg fulfilled a major campaign promise with his indictment of former President Donald Trump last Thursday, but the move raised larger questions about the safety of New York streets under his watch.

"From day one, Alvin Bragg announced that he would not prosecute even the most violent of criminals," she said. "Almost immediately after he took office and distributed the now-infamous day-one memo, two police officers lost their lives, a 19-year-old girl was shot and killed while working at a Burger King in Harlem, he's downgraded 52% of felonies and only has about a 50% conviction rate."

She said her victim advocacy group called for Bragg to be removed from office from the beginning, claiming members of her organization saw Bragg's soft-on-crime policies on the horizon and, since he took office in January 2022, things have gotten "progressively worse."

"He's basically a revolving door," she told Jones. "No one is safe in New York until these people are behind bars, and clearly the reform programs are not working."

"I really don't know why they're focusing on Donald Trump when they should be focusing on the crime out here because crime is very bad," another said. foxnews.com

State Police & National Guard Stand Ready for Violence & Unrest
Hochul says police, National Guard ready for possible Trump indictment unrest
Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that New York's National Guard and state police are ready to assist the Big Apple if requested by Mayor Eric Adams to control any unrest resulting from the impending arraignment of former President Donald Trump.

"We offered to be supportive," Hochul told reporters at the state Capitol in Albany. "Obviously, NYPD is the finest in the world. They know what they're doing. They've trained for this. They're able to handle crowds. This is not new to the NYPD."

"But I also want to offer our assistance in any way they want to take advantage of it - our state police, the Guard - whatever they ask for," she added.

Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 GOP nomination for president who now lives in Florida, is expected to return to his birth state early next week ahead of a Tuesday arraignment. Earlier this month, the 45th president warned his followers he expected to be arrested in the hush-money probe and urged them to "protest" when that happened.

That has led to concerns of civil unrest once Trump is arraigned, though Hochul expressed optimism Friday that the situation will be kept under control. nypost.com

US attorney declined to prosecute 67% of arrests in DC amid crime spike
Chicago and Philadelphia declined to prosecute just 14% and 4% of arrests



OSHA's Enforcement Crackdown Continues
OSHA to Expand the Use of Instance-by-Instance Penalties

OSHA's new policy could significantly increase the monetary penalty amounts associated with certain violations.

A new OSHA policy has gone into effect expanding penalties for instance-by-instance (IBI) citations. The move has the potential to significantly increase the monetary penalty amounts associated with certain violations and signals OSHA's stated commitment to increased enforcement in 2023 and beyond.

IBI citations are those for which OSHA could issue multiple citations, with corresponding penalties, for each instance of alleged non-compliance-separate penalties for each machine, each location, each entry, each employee. Under OSHA's prior policy, which was in place since 1990, OSHA would only apply IBI penalties for willful citations, or situations when an employer knowingly fails to comply with a legal requirement or acts with plain indifference to employee safety.

A serious violation can occur when the workplace hazard could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm, unless the employer did not know or could not have known of the violations. High-gravity violations are those that have a high risk of severe injury and a high probability of occurrence.

While the new IBI policy will focus on high-gravity serious violations in the above areas, it will also apply to other-than-serious recordkeeping violations. Therefore, employers with certain types of recordkeeping violations could find themselves subject to significant penalties for failures to record or inaccuracies in the records.

OSHA intends to use the new IBI policy to deter employers from maintaining or failing to fully abate certain violations and hopes that it will encourage employers to be proactive in preventing workplace fatalities and injuries. ehstoday.com

More Union-Busting Allegations Hitting Starbucks
Starbucks fired the worker who led unionization movement, just days after former CEO grilled by Congress

"That is beyond unacceptable. Ms. Rizzo must be reinstated," Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted.

Alexis Rizzo, the Buffalo-based Starbucks worker who began the Starbucks Workers United campaign, was fired after seven years with the company, Starbucks Workers United tweeted Saturday. In an interview with CNBC, Rizzo said she was fired after her shift Friday, and that managers cited four times she was late for work. Rizzo said that two of those times, she had been one minute late.

A Starbucks spokesperson told CNBC that firings at the company only occur following clear policy violations, adding that Rizzo's attendance impacted other workers at her store. Rizzo's firing follows the former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's recent appearance before Congress, where senators questioned him about alleged widespread union busting.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders - who grilled Schultz over the company's treatment of employees in Buffalo stores and asked specifically about a recent ruling that Starbucks illegally monitored and fired employees there - demanded that Rizzo get her job back businessinsider.com

McDonald's shuts down U.S. offices in advance of layoffs
McDonald's is shutting down its U.S. offices this week as it prepares to inform corporate employees about layoffs as part of a broader restructuring.

Major US mall closes after 43 years of business

Dollar General has nearly 20K stores across US. Here's how it keeps prices so low.

Consumer confidence edges up in March amid hope for the future

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VP & Chief of Security job posted for Hard Rock International in Las Vegas, NV
The Vice President & Chief of Security will directly lead and execute all security related operations, security standards, strategies, and operational support to maintain the safety and security of The Mirage. This includes overseeing the security management team and staff regarding physical security and security operations. indeed.com

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The Union Battle is Still Raging

Union Retaliation Firings?
Apple illegally fired five labor activists, union says

The workers, who were disciplined and fired for attendance-related issues, believe they were let go because of their union organizing

Apple fired five union organizers in Kansas City, Mo., in retaliation for union activity, the Communications Workers of America alleged in charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday.

The terminated workers, who all were active organizers in a nascent union drive at the Apple store at Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, said they were disciplined and fired for tardiness, calling out of work, and improperly filling out attendance-related forms.

The tech giant is one of a handful of high-profile companies, such as Amazon and Starbucks, grappling with a wave of union organizing. washingtonpost.com

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Retailers Fight Back Against Rising Cyber Threats
5 cyber threats retailers are facing - and how they're fighting back

Ransomware, point-of-sale hacks, and supply chain threats are just a few of the worries for today's retailers. The stakes are high when you're handling big money and reams of consumer data.

There are many reasons retailers are juicy targets for hackers. They earn and handle tremendous amounts of money, store millions of customer credit card numbers, and have frontline staff who may lack cybersecurity training.

The consequences of attacks are wide-ranging, from loss of consumer confidence to loss of data to financial loss. Here are five cyber threats retailers are facing today and what the cannier companies are doing to defend against them.

Ransomware tops the list

According to the data security firm BlackFog, Ikea, McDonald's, and Canadian grocery chain Sobey's were among retail's many ransomware victims in 2022. This comes as no surprise to Christian Beckner, vice president for retail technology and cybersecurity with the US National Retail Federation. "Ransomware affects everybody right now and is clearly a major ongoing risk to retailers," he tells CSO.

E-commerce threats from bots to impersonators

Retailers are vulnerable to a range of direct e-commerce cyber threats far beyond ransomware. They include hackers altering gift cards and/or the systems used to activate and manage them, swapping barcodes on products to deceive self-checkout systems, defrauding return services via online return forms to obtain refunds for ordered items, hijacking customer accounts to steal their personal information, and stealing credit card numbers through digital skimming.

PoS malware gets smarter

PoS malware such as Prilex captures credit card data at the checkout counter on wired and wireless PoS terminals. "Active since 2014, it hails from Brazil and has a global reach these days," Assolini says.

Cyber threats lurk inside retail organizations

Customer-facing retail jobs are some of the highest-stress, lowest-paid positions in the business world. Even the best of these employees can be ignorant of cybersecurity, and work for companies who put little effort into providing such training for them.

Attacks on third-party sources in the supply chain - Fighting Back:  csoonline.com

The Ransomware Threat Isn't Going Anywhere - Despite Progress
Think ransomware gangs won't thrive this year? Think again, experts say
There were signs that ransomware gangs might - key word, "might" - have been on the run in 2022. But experts from The Cybersecurity 202 Network are far from confident that the trend, if real, will continue in 2023. A big majority of the expert group, 67 percent, expected ransomware to take off again in this calendar year.

AdvertisementAnother 23 percent anticipated that the threat ransomware poses will stay the same, compared to last year. And only 10 percent thought the threat would decrease. U.S. government officials believe they've made a dent in these cybercrime gangs.

"I am heartened by the success we've seen on ransomware," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Wednesday at the Aspen Verify conference in San Francisco. "What I think we've shown is that we are determined to use every tool that we can to get after this problem."

Bruce Schneier, a lecturer and fellow at Harvard University and chief of security architecture at Inrupt, backed up Monaco's take.

"Law enforcement's ability to track, and in some cases recover, payments is making this a less profitable crime," he answered. "Also, we are finally engaging the international community in disrupting the infrastructure used by ransomware gangs."

Schneier said the turmoil affecting the value of cryptocurrency has hampered ransomware gangs because that's how they demand payment from victims. It's an idea seconded by John Pescatore, director of emerging security trends at the SANS Institute, who added that many companies have shored up their defenses against these kinds of attacks.

Yet some of those same factors - the strength of cyberdefenses and what's happening with cryptocurrencies - were cited by the experts who expected the ransomware threat to rise in 2023. washingtonpost.com

The Cybersecurity Insurance Market Shake-Up
Organizations Consider Self-Insurance to Manage Risk

Risk reassessment is shaking up the cybersecurity insurance market, leading some organizations to consider their options, including self-insurance.

As the market for cybersecurity insurance evolves and matures, insurance giant Lloyd's of London is preparing to exclude most nation-state attacks from its coverage policies. In the wake of such changes, organizations are reassessing their cyber insurance strategies.

While the Lloyd's announcement does not explicitly exclude all nation-state or nation-inspired cyberattacks, it does solidify some definitions around what is and is not covered.

"This guidance will now be trickling down into cyber insurance policy providers' wordings," explains Chris Denbigh-White, security strategist at Next DLP.

Organizations must figure out what policies offer the best value and coverage, and look into other risk treatment measures, if they wish to understand the risks that cyber insurance cannot address, he says.

Self-insuring may allow companies to tailor their insurance coverage and costs more carefully. darkreading.com

Biometrics are a 'Game-Changer' for ID Verification
Video: The rise of biometrics and decentralized identity is a game-changer for identity verification
The journey towards digital transformation for organizations and governments has been fraught with difficulties, resulting in some users needing to catch up as more digital services are introduced.

In this Help Net Security video, Jenn Markey, VP of Payments and Identities at Entrust, talks about how biometrics, hybrid solutions, and decentralized identity are transforming the industry and the future of identity verification.

Digital identity is a rapidly evolving space, with the market expected to reach $70.7 billion by 2027, but consumers need help keeping up. helpnetsecurity.com

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'Summer of Strike Chaos for Amazon'
Amazon workers in Coventry announce six new strike dates

April dates come as GMB union prepares to test support for stoppages at five other sites

Workers at Amazon's Coventry warehouse have announced six fresh strike dates, as the GMB union prepares to test support for stoppages among staff at another five of the delivery company's sites.

Strikes at the vast Coventry centre, known as BHX4, began in January - the first industrial action ever taken against Amazon in the UK. Staff are demanding pay of £15 an hour.

The GMB claims to have signed up hundreds of new members among the workforce at Coventry and in Amazon sites further afield since the dispute began.

Amazon announced a fresh pay rise for all its UK staff earlier this month but the union said this amounted to an average of only 1.8%-2.5%, describing it as "an insult".

More than 560 workers are now expected to join in two three-day stoppages, one from 16-18 April and another from 21-23 April. Previously fewer than 300 staff were involved. The union believes it is edging closer to the 50% membership that would allow it to apply for statutory recognition.

Amanda Gearing, the senior GMB organiser involved, said: "Industrial action is growing and this could fast become a summer of strike chaos for Amazon.

"Six further days of strike action in Coventry is a clear statement from our members they are worth more; they will not accept a pay rise of pennies from one of the world's wealthiest corporations." theguardian.com

Kroger's Warehouse Slowdown
Ocado says Kroger committed to build more warehouses despite roll-out slowdown
U.S. supermarket group Kroger Co is committed to building more automated warehouses in partnership with British online grocer and technology group Ocado, despite slowing a roll-out of sites, Ocado CEO Tim Steiner said on Tuesday.

Ocado struck a deal with Kroger in 2018 to help the U.S firm ratchet up its delivery business with the construction of robotically operated warehouses. The initial deal saw Kroger identify 20 sites to build automated warehouses, or customer fulfilment centres (CFCs) as Ocado calls them, in the United States.

Kroger is currently live with eight sites, with 16 ordered so far. "They are committed to building more, they just want to make those (existing) ones work as well as they can before they roll out loads - very sensible thing to do," Steiner told reporters. reuters.com

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Tech worker's 'hack' for online shopping goes viral







Will County, IL: Will County law enforcement, businesses work to tackle organized retail crime
Retail crime, especially the organized kind, is not a victimless crime, said Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. Karr defined organized retail crime as a "coordinated sustained effort to steal goods" and monetize those goods "for illicit purposes." Because retail is a large revenue generator for state and local governments, there's no sales tax collected for stolen merchandise, Karr said. People view retail crime as a "victimless crime and it's not," he said. Businesses and law enforcement in Will County and across Illinois have been working to crack down on organized retail crime, which has become a growing concern in recent years. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul leads an organized retail crime task force that works with multiple law enforcement agencies to address organized retail crime, which he called a "complex issue that will require a multifaceted solution." According to Raoul's office, organized retail crime and fraud can be mistaken for isolated incidents committed by "low-level offenders" but organized crime rings are often behind these incidents. "Crime rings connected to the drug trade, human trafficking and other forms of crime target big box stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, auto dealerships and other retailers to carry out sophisticated theft operations and operate across county and state borders," officials from the attorney general's office said.  shawlocal.com

Charleston County, SC: Man admits to stealing $13,500 of lawn equipment, pet supplies from Tractor Supply Company
A Ravenel man faces charges after he's accused of stealing items from a retail store between January and March, according to an affidavit obtained by counton2.com. Carlos Daniel Smalls, 38 is charged with grand larceny after he allegedly stole a "significant amount" of items from Tractor Supply Co. on Savannah Highway. Deputies with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office responded to the store on Tuesday for the reported theft. A loss prevention team member at the store told deputies that Smalls was seen on video stealing several dog kennels, dog houses and lawnmowers. When Smalls was confronted by the team member, he confessed to stealing the items and expressed that additional items were also stolen. The total amount of items stolen was about $13,499, according to CCSO.  counton2.com

Suffolk County, NY: 4 Sentenced In $7.4K Theft From Ulta Beauty In Lake Grove
Four people were sentenced Wednesday in connection with stealing more than $7,000 worth of fragrances from Ulta Beauty at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove in April 2022, Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney announced. Ulta Beauty stores in Suffolk County and across the tri-state area were stolen from several times in early 2022, the DA said. Suffolk police used surveillance at multiple Ulta stores to find who was stealing, officials said. Police assigned to the DA's squad were surveilling Ulta Beauty in Lake Grove when Elijah Webber, 20,; Omaiah Thompson, 25,; Keyshawn Middleton, 24,; and Emmanuel Huertas, 21, all 4 from the Bronx, stole approximately $7,430 worth of fragrances on April 1, 2022, investigators said. Thompson intentionally hit an unmarked DA Squad vehicle as detectives were attempting to stop them, officials said. The four were arrested in the parking lot, the DA said. "My office has made combatting organized retail theft a top priority," Tierney said. "Through our partnership with local and state law enforcement agencies, we have been able to catch many of those who have committed brazen and egregious retail thefts over the past year. My prosecutors followed these cases through to conclusion. In Suffolk County, you cannot steal other people's property without consequences. We will continue to use every law enforcement tool at our disposal to see that these types of criminals are prosecuted and held responsible for their actions."  patch.com

San Marcos, TX: Group steals around $6K in merchandise from Ulta
The San Marcos Police Department is investigating after a group of people entered an Ulta earlier this year and stole thousands in merchandise. SMPD says a group entered the store located at 750 Barnes Drive on Jan. 30 around 4:30 p.m. and concealed around $6,000 worth in merchandise. They were last seen driving away in a silver van. This same group is suspected of committing a similar crime in other stores, including New Braunfels, says police.  fox7austin.com

Coral Springs, FL: Miami Pair Arrested After Alleged Shoplifting Spree at Kohl's, Burlington and Publix in Coconut Creek and Coral Springs
Two people from Miami allegedly went on a shoplifting spree in Coconut Creek and Coral Springs last month, hitting three stores within hours and taking items ranging from steak to wallets, according to police reports. Coconut Creek officers arrested Onoz Kiusbel, 46, and Rachael Infiesta, 36, as they walked out of Kohl's with a suitcase of stolen items on March 23, the reports said. While in custody, police also accused them of shoplifting hours earlier at Burlington in Coral Springs and Publix in Coral Springs, the reports said.  tapinto.net

Watertown, MA: Police investigating $1000 theft at Nike store
The staff at the Nike Store called police after a man came into the store, grabbed clothing off the racks and walked out without paying. The clothing was valued at about $1,000.

Milton, GA: Three women suspected of stealing $1,100 of merchandize from Bath and Body Work

San Diego, CA: 2 suspected Kohl's shoplifters arrested after crash in La Mesa

Pacifica, CA: Pacifica Police Arrest Two for $1,400 theft from Grocery Store

St George, UT: Police arrest 2 suspect and recover $880 of merchandise from Walmart; security device remover

Dartmouth, MA: Two facing charges for stealing vehicle, fentanyl possession and theft at Walgreens; outstanding warrants

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Shootings & Deaths

O'Reilly Store manager with a gun shoots and kills Armed Robber
A store manager shot and killed a robber who tried to target an auto parts outlet in Chicago on Saturday, police said in a statement to FOX 32 Chicago. Police said the robber walked into the O'Reilly Auto Parts store at 91st and South Stony Island in Calumet Heights around 2:30 p.m. He was carrying a gun, police said. The store manager has a FOID (firearms owner identification card) and was also carrying a gun, police said in a statement to FOX 32 Chicago. He shot the robber. The robber was initially hospitalized in critical condition and later died. Inside the store's vestibule were multiple bullet holes and shattered glass panels. A gun was visible on the ground near the entrance. The robber's name is not known. Police described him as 30 to 40-years-old. fox32chicago.com

San Francisco, CA: Man Shot and Killed in Tenderloin Saturday, Gunman Still At Large
A 52-year-old man was fatally shot in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on Saturday, according to SFPD. On Saturday afternoon, the victim was discovered on the 200 block of Golden Gate Avenue, suffering from several gunshot wounds, KTVU reported. Officers responding to the scene at about 1:05 p.m. tried to provide medical assistance, they said, and the injured man was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries.
However, despite their best efforts, the victim ultimately succumbed to his injuries. The suspected shooter is reportedly still on the loose as of Sunday morning.  ktvu.com

Ellenwood, GA: Customer shot by 16 year old Employee at Burger King over wrong sauce on his sandwich
A 16-year-old Burger King employee has been arrested after police said he shot a customer with the customer's own gun during a fight over sauce. The shooting happened last week at the Burger King on Fairview Road in Ellenwood. A customer who went through the drive-through line noticed that there was sauce on his sandwich he didn't want. Witnesses said he went inside the restaurant to confront workers and ended up shot. Witnesses told Fernandes that the incident unfolded around 11 a.m. Thursday. When the customer went inside, the situation quickly escalated into an argument. Witnesses said the customer was threatening workers and said he had a gun. Police are still investigating who started the physical fight, but they said one worker, Tyarius Wilcox, and the customer were throwing punches. At some point, police said a 16-year-old employee grabbed the customer's gun and shot him. The customer, who hasn't been identified, is expected to survive.  yahoo.com

Columbus, OH: Police investigating violent Armed Robbery inside Chipotle
Police and Central Ohio Crime Stoppers are searching for two suspects who reportedly robbed a restaurant in south Columbus. Last week, two customers at the Chipotle on South High Street in south Columbus became upset over their order, authorities said, and cornered an employee. The suspects ripped the employee's hat off demanding more cheese on their order. Other employees came to their coworker's aid, and a fight broke out in the restaurant. One of the suspects pulled a gun while the other repeatedly encouraged the first to fire. Witnesses told authorities the gun misfired. The suspects then began throwing chairs and trash cans, and also took a cell phone from someone before fleeing the scene. abc6onyourside.com

Charlotte, NC: One shot in parking lot of east Charlotte restaurant
One person has been shot following an altercation in the parking lot of an east Charlotte restaurant, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. On Saturday, shortly after 11:30 p.m., police responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call on North Sharon Amity Road. An investigation revealed that an altercation occurred in the parking lot of the Copan Restaurant. During that altercation, a suspect shot one person. The suspect then went on to physically assault two other people who were also involved in the altercation, according to police. Police said the suspect, who was in possession of a firearm, was arrested after fleeing the scene.  news.yahoo.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Carson City, NV: Four arrested after Armed Robberies at CVS Pharmacies in Carson City and Reno
The Carson City Sheriff's Office says four suspects were arrested after multiple armed robberies at CVS Pharmacies in Carson City and Reno Saturday. On April 1, at 4:15 p.m., an armed robbery was reported at the CVS Pharmacy, located in the 3200 block of Highway 50 East in Carson City. The caller stated two male adults entered the store, wearing ski masks, and were armed with a handgun. The Sheriff's Office says the suspects jumped over the pharmacy counter and stole medications and cash from a safe. Both suspects exited the store and fled to their getaway vehicle, parked behind the store. The suspect vehicle took off from the area. The getaway vehicle was quickly identified during the investigation and shared with surrounding law enforcement agencies. Approximately 90 minutes after the Carson City CVS robbery, another CVS Pharmacy was robbed in Northwest Reno. The suspects in the Reno robbery matched the descriptions from the Carson City robbery. The suspect vehicle was spotted entering the area of a 3rd CVS pharmacy near Keystone Avenue by officers from the Reno Police Department. Officers from the Reno Police Department attempted to stop the vehicle. After a short vehicle pursuit and foot pursuit with two of the suspects, a total of four people were arrested in the area of 7th Street and Elgin Avenue in North Reno.  2news.com

Tomball, TX: Police searching for woman accused of striking McDonald's employee, stealing McNuggets, cheeseburger
The Tomball Police Department needs your help locating a woman who assaulted a McDonald's employee and allegedly stole a snack on top it. According to police, the woman arrived at the McDonald's, located at 1406 W. Main Street and began arguing with the employees in the drive-thru. That's when the woman proceeded into the front lobby, threw an alcoholic beverage and struck an employee. After that, police said she walked behind the counter and stole a six-piece McNugget and a cheeseburger.   fox26houston.com

Greenwood, IN: Hammer-armed woman robbed Meijer
A shoplifting report escalated to robbery after a woman threatened a Greenwood store's employees with a hammer. Amber Nichole Williams, 18, of Indianapolis, was arrested on a felony charge of robbery and a misdemeanor charge of a minor possessing an alcoholic beverage. Formal charges are pending with the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office.  dailyjournal.net

Watertown, MA: Best Buy busts employee theft of nearly $7,500
Store security at Best Buy discovered an employee had been stealing merchandise over the past few months. An internal investigation found that on Feb. 25, $2,449 in merchandise was taken. On Feb. 26, the employee took $1,200 worth of merchandise. The employee admitted to taking about $7,460 in items from the store over a five month period. Police summoned the 19-year-old man from Acton to Waltham District Court on one count of larceny over $1,200 and one count of larceny under $1,200.  watertownmanews.com

Glendale, AZ: Man arrested after assaulting Circle K employee over beer

Queens, NY: Suspect threatens Queens CVS workers with knife, uses force during robbery

Leesburg, FL: Walmart shoplifter arrested, brandishes knife while stealing sweet tea

Sioux City, IA: Female Customer Arrested for Stealing 150 Lottery Tickets from Casey's General Store



Auto Parts - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery / Suspect Killed
C-Store- Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Glendale, AZ - Robbery
C-Store - Chesterfield, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Tonawanda, NY - Robbery
C-Store - Lufkin, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Austin, TX - Armed Robbery
CVS - Middletown, CT - Robbery
CVS - Middletown, CT - Robbery
CVS - Reno, NV - Armed Robbery
CVS - Reno, NV - Armed Robbery
CVS - Carson City, NV - Armed Robbery
CVS - Carson City, NV - Armed Robbery
CVS - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery
Curtains - Miami, FL - Burglary
Dollar - Tucson, AZ - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Pacifica, CA - Robbery
Grocery - Greenwood, IN - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Charleston County, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Concord, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Overland Park, KS - Robbery
Jewelry - Fresno, CA - Robbery
Pets - Miami, FL - Burglary
Pharmacy - Dartmouth, MA - Robbery
Restaurant - Lufkin, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Columbus, OH - Armed Robbery / Shot Fired
Restaurant - Tomball, TX - Robbery
Walmart - Portage, WI - Robbery
Walmart - Leesburg, FL - Armed Robbery
Walmart - St George, UT - Robbery  


Daily Totals:
• 28 robberies
• 2 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed

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