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Aaron Burtner promoted to Senior Manager, AMER Loss Prevention Programs for Amazon
Aaron Burtner has been with Amazon for over 7 years, starting with the company as a Policy Manager in Global Security Operations. Since then he has held roles launching Amazon Campus locations and in the Transportation Technology teams. Prior to his time with Amazon, Aaron accumulated 10+ years of project / program management experience leading teams in large, cross-functional initiatives, including 3 years managing Loss Prevention and Safety projects for CVS/Caremark. Congratulations, Aaron!

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Fatal Police Shooting Near Minneapolis Triggers Riots

Businesses Looted - National Guard Activated - Curfew Ordered

Protests erupt, National Guard activated after police fatally shoot Black man in Minneapolis traffic stop

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as angry protests erupted in a Minneapolis suburb after a 20-year-old Black man was shot dead during a traffic stop.

The unrest in Brooklyn Center came hours before the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, was set to resume in a courtroom less than 10 miles away on Monday.

Outside of the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Sunday night, smoke billowed as a line of police officers fired rubber bullets and chemical agents at protesters, some of whom lobbed rocks, bags of garbage and water bottles at the police.

Brooklyn Center's mayor ordered a curfew until 6 a.m. (1100 GMT), and the local school superintendent said the district would move to remote learning on Monday "out of an abundance of caution."

The National Guard was deployed in Minneapolis as hundreds of people looted and rioted into the early hours Monday after a black man was shot dead while trying to flee arrest less than 10 miles from where George Floyd died.

The man killed by police was identified by relatives and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz as Daunte Wright, 20. Walz said in a statement that he was monitoring the unrest as "our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement."

Late Sunday, a group of about 100 to 200 protesters gathered around the Brooklyn Center police headquarters and threw projectiles at the police department, Commissioner John Harrington of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said in a live-streamed news briefing. The group was later dispersed.

Another pocket of protesters broke into about twenty businesses at a regional shopping center, with some businesses looted, according to the police and local media reports.

Anti-police protesters have already spent recent days rallying in Minneapolis as the trial of Chauvin, a white former city policeman, enters its third week in a courthouse ringed with barriers and soldiers from the National Guard. reuters.com  nypost.com

Nearly 20 Businesses Looted, Some Destroyed
Brooklyn Center Looting, Rioting Sees Several Businesses 'Completely Destroyed'
Looting and rioting erupted in Minnesota's Brooklyn Center area after an officer shot a man during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, who then crashed his vehicle and died. Several businesses in the area have been "completely destroyed," while rioters clashed with police, according to videos shared on social media.

The National Guard has been activated and around 20 businesses have reportedly broken into in the Brooklyn Park area, John Harrington, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said at a press briefing.

A reporter for Minnesota's Star Tribune, Liz Sawyer, tweeted: "Several businesses around the Brooklyn Center Walmart are completely destroyed. Police rolled up and made some arrests as young men ran from buildings carrying stolen goods. Foot Locker, T Mobile, and a New York men's clothing store all completely destroyed."

Other stores reportedly impacted by looters were Walmart, Little Caesdars, Family Dollar, O'Reilly's Auto, Sally Beauty, and a gas station. newsweek.com

More reporting on the fatal police shooting of Duante Wright

Other Protest & Violence News

Demonstrators Clash in Huntington Beach, Calif.
White Lives Matter rally ends with large counterprotest, 12 arrests
in Huntington Beach
A crowd of White Lives Matter protesters and antiracism counterprotesters filled the streets near the Huntington Beach pier on Sunday, but quickly dispersed after police declared an unlawful assembly amid increasingly hostile clashes between Donald Trump supporters, those displaying allegiance to white supremacist groups and their opponents.

Several hundred people gathered in the plaza area at the base of the pier Sunday morning to demonstrate against a so-called White Lives Matter rally that was to start at 1 p.m. Police officers stood at the edges of the plaza at Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street as helicopters and drones circled overhead.

But by 2:30 p.m., the crowd had grown to nearly 500 people and police directed everyone to disperse - sending alerts to people's cellphones in the area threatening arrest - as tensions heated up among rival demonstrators.

The demonstration began peacefully; but as the day went on and the crowd swelled, several confrontations between attendees broke out in the city's downtown commercial district. Some traded punches, prompting police intervention, while others threw verbal jabs within inches of each others' faces. Diners eating lunch watched the chaos unfold from a second-floor patio at Fred's Mexican Cafe and Cantina.

Police arrested 12 people during the rally. Two people were accused of using amplified sound. Police said one person had obstructed law enforcement and that his backpack held a metal baton, two cans of pepper spray and a knife. latimes.com

   KKK fliers, White Lives Matter rally: Huntington Beach confronts 'storm of hate'

LAPD rejecting most complaints against officers from summer protests;
others still under review
Internal affairs investigators reviewing hundreds of allegations of misconduct and excessive force by other Los Angeles police officers during last summer's mass protests against police brutality are ruling on the side of the officers in most cases.

An internal report, submitted by LAPD Chief Michel Moore to the civilian Police Commission on Friday, noted the department had received more than 600 allegations against officers. Some of those were duplicate complaints about the same incident, and from those launched 210 investigations into 223 officers - 73 of which were related to the alleged use of non-deadly force, and five of which involved the alleged use of deadly force.

Other allegations included inhumane treatment during arrests and unbecoming behavior and biased policing.

Of the 73 allegations of less serious force, 33 have been resolved by the department - with zero resulting in a finding that the officers were in the wrong, Moore's report said. The remaining 40 cases are still under investigation.

The five alleged uses of deadly force still must go before the Police Commission, though the department's own use of force panel has already reached findings in some of the cases. latimes.com

Maryland Passes Sweeping Police Reform Legislation
The measures, enacted over the objections of Gov. Larry Hogan, placed the state at the forefront of a national debate over police brutality and officers' excessive use of force.

Maryland lawmakers voted on Saturday to override Gov veto and to limit police officers' use of force, restrict the use of no-knock warrants and repeal the nation's first Bill of Rights for law enforcement, taking sweeping action to address police violence.

"This is what the community wants - they want reform, they want transparency, and they want accountability," said Caylin A. Young, director of the A.C.L.U. of Maryland, which was part of a coalition of 90 groups that had backed the bills.

"The reality is they have reinvented policing in the state of Maryland," said Angelo Consoli, Maryland Fraternal Order of Police. "They're going to make it tougher for the police to police. There's reform, and this went beyond reform." Police groups also criticized the legislature's action.

One section creates a new statewide use-of-force policy and says that officers who violate those standards, causing serious injury or death, can be convicted and sent to prison for up to 10 years. The standard says that force can be used only to prevent "an imminent threat of physical injury" to a person or to "effectuate a legitimate law enforcement objective."

The policy also says that force must be "necessary and proportional." Police reform groups said that was a tougher standard than the traditional "reasonableness" standard,

In another change, law enforcement agencies statewide must establish a system to identify police officers who are considered likely to use excessive force and to retrain, counsel or, if needed, reassign them. nytimes.com

Retailers On the Front Lines of Racial Justice
Retailers urged to re-think police calls for low-level crimes after
George Floyd's death
George Floyd died in police custody after a corner store clerk reported he had used a fake $20 bill, a nonviolent offense so low-level that police don't usually take people to jail for it.

Now, as the trial over his death continues to unfold, criminal justice reform experts and diversity specialists are hoping the case will prompt retailers - from small businesses to major chains - to reassess how they treat Black and other minority customers and how they can handle loss prevention cases more equitably.

Retailers, they point out, are on the front lines of racial justice in their own stores.

"While interactions with the police can be fairly infrequent, everyone shops," said Cassi Pitt­man Claytor, a sociology professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, who has studied racial profiling in retail settings. "When [Black people] are asked about the contexts where they are treated unfairly due to their race ... shopping in a store ranks above all other settings, including interactions with the police."

Since Floyd's death last May, many retailers have made public promises committing to racial equity. Several companies, including Twin Cities-based Target and Best Buy, have shared their plans to diversify hiring and made financial contributions to Black-owned businesses and organizations focused on fighting inequality.

But some criminal justice reform advocates say retailers need to do more to create and enforce policies to address how racial bias negatively impacts customers.

"Certainly in loss prevention, there are certain behaviors that look sketchy that you are supposed to look out for or pay attention to, but then there's also that profiling that we know happens," Ross said.

In response to community outcry following Floyd's death, the owner of the Cup Foods store said they would no longer contact police in cases of nonviolent crime, as they did for Floyd's suspected counterfeit bill. startribune.com

Defense Presenting Their Case This Week - The Verdict isn't Far Off
Will Derek Chauvin testify?
As former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's defense presents its case this week against charges that he murdered George Floyd, a question looms over his trial: Will Chauvin testify in his own defense?

"You've got to remember that this is a case that really centers on Chauvin's state of mind, and the best person to tell us about that would be Chauvin, so you might really be forced to put him on in this case," said veteran defense attorney Joe Friedberg.

Nelson has argued that Floyd likely died of a drug overdose complicated by pre-existing health issues, including heart disease. Nelson told jurors Floyd was resisting arrest so forcibly that it rocked a parked police squad back and forth, and that Chauvin followed his training amid a threatening crowd.

"I don't think he has any choice but to testify," said Padden, who believes a conviction is more likely on third-degree murder than second-degree murder. "It'll be a mistake if he doesn't. The jury needs to hear from him, that's the bottom line." startribune.com

COVID Update

187M Vaccinations Given

US: 31.9M Cases - 575.8K Dead - 24.4M Recovered
Worldwide: 136.7M Cases - 2.9M Dead - 109.9M Recovered

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Recent Rise in U.S. Covid-19 Cases Driven by Younger People
Younger people who haven't been vaccinated are helping drive a rise in new Covid-19 cases, health officials are finding.

Five states-Michigan, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey-account for some 42% of newly reported cases. In Michigan, adults aged 20 to 39 have the highest daily case rates, new data show. Case rates for children aged 19 and under are at a record, more than quadruple from a month ago. There were 301 reported school outbreaks as of early last week, up from 248 the week prior, according to state data. wsj.com

Here's the latest data on the effectiveness of different COVID-19 vaccines
On April 1, Pfizer and BioNTech released additional data from more than 46,000 participants, more than 12,000 of whom were followed up with at least six months after their second dose.

- The vaccine was 91.3% effective at preventing COVID-19 from seven days through up to six months after the second dose.

- A separate study published April 2 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - mRNA vaccines were 90% effective against COVID-19 illnesses 14 or more days after the second dose, regardless of symptoms. dallasnew.com

Nowhere in America is COVID pandemic more out of control than in Michigan
Michigan's Virus Cases Are Out of Control, Putting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a Bind
Outbreaks are ripping through workplaces, restaurants, churches and family weddings. Hospitals are overwhelmed with patients. Officials are reporting more than 7,000 new infections each day, a sevenfold increase from late February. And Michigan is home to nine of the 10 metro areas with the country's highest recent case rates.

During previous surges in Michigan, a resolute Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shut down businesses and schools as she saw fit - over the din of both praise and protests. But this time, Ms. Whitmer has stopped far short of the sweeping shutdowns that made her a lightning rod.

"Policy change alone won't change the tide," Ms. Whitmer said on Friday, as she asked - but did not order - that the public take a two-week break from indoor dining, in-person high school and youth sports. "We need everyone to step up and to take personal responsibility here."

It is a rare moment in the pandemic: a high-profile Democratic governor bucking the pleas of doctors and epidemiologists in her state and instead asking for voluntary actions from the public to control the virus's spread. Restaurants and bars remain open at a reduced capacity, Detroit Tigers fans are back at the stadium and most schools have welcomed students into the classroom.

Still, a small but growing number of doctors and public health officials are calling on Ms. Whitmer to take much more aggressive action as cases worsen by the day.

There is also re-election looming in the background. Michigan is a closely divided state, Ms. Whitmer's office will be on the ballot next year and Republicans sense an opportunity.

The latest surge has been partly attributed to the B.1.1.7 variant that was originally identified in Britain and is widespread in the state. nytimes.com

Coronavirus shutdown of jury trials upends California's federal courts
Federal Judge dismisses case against jewelry-store robber on federal gun charge saying emergency rules that shut down federal jury trials during the pandemic had denied the suspect his right to a speedy trial.

"Nowhere in the Constitution is there an exception for times of emergency or crisis," Carney wrote in the ruling that setting the suspect free. And he dismissed three others for the same reason.

The 13-month suspension of trials in the federal court system's Central District of California, which includes Los Angeles and six neighboring counties, has disrupted the prosecution of hundreds of alleged drug dealers, tax cheats, cybercriminals, child porn purveyors and health insurance swindlers. It has clogged the courts with an unprecedented backlog of both criminal and civil cases.

Criminal defendants have the right to a trial within a set time period. In federal court, if they invoke that right, their trial generally must start within 70 days of when charges were filed. Typically, judges grant requests for more time to prepare for trial.

Safety measures will be extensive. Jury selection will be tightly choreographed so it takes place in large courtrooms where everyone can stay six feet apart. Elevator use will be curtailed. Plexiglass will section off each judge, witness and court reporter. Masks will be mandatory, with possible exceptions for witnesses.

State courts in California have also pressed ahead with trials. In January and February, four employees of the Los Angeles County Superior Court system died from COVID-19; it's unclear whether they caught the coronavirus in court. latimes.com

20% of the World's Population has had COVID
Incarcerated and Infected: How COVID Tore Through the U.S. Prison System
America's prisons, jails and detention centers have been among the nation's most dangerous places when it comes to infections from coronavirus. Over the past year, more then 1,400 new inmate infections and seven deaths, on average, have been reported inside those facilities each day.

The cramped, often unsanitary settings of correctional institutions have been ideal for incubating and transmitting disease. Social distancing is not an option. Testing was not a priority inside prisons early in the pandemic. With little public pressure, political leaders have been slow to confront the spread.

The virus shot through many institutions, leaving inmates desperate for ways to avoid getting sick. At Pickaway Correctional Institution in Ohio, which housed about 1,900 inmates, they tried to turn bed sheets into tents to separate themselves; four in five inmates were infected anyway.

In state prisons one in three inmates had the virus. In federal facilities, at least 39% of prisoners are known to have been infected.

Prisons and jails are sometimes so crowded that three inmates sleep in cells designed for one person. Prisons have not adequately quarantined sick inmates, and have often not required testing for correctional officers. Inmates have also been given low priority to receive vaccinations, even as cases have continued to rise. nytimes.com

New York's coronavirus positivity rate hit the lowest level in a month
The statewide rate Friday when measured on a seven-day average was 3.31 percent, a bit less than the previous day and the lowest since Dec. 2.

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 across the state also fell Friday to 4,241, which Cuomo said was the lowest number since Dec. 3. nypost.com

Nearly Half of Workers Reported Substance Abuse Issue
Pandemic has worsened work issues caused by substance abuse, report says

● The pandemic may have worsened work issues related to substance abuse, according to a survey conducted by Versta Research on behalf of The Standard. Nearly half of workers reported dealing with a substance abuse issue; of those, the number reporting lower productivity or missed work due to substance abuse has "nearly doubled" since 2019, according to the survey.

● One-third of those reporting addiction issues said it has affected their work more since the pandemic began. Nearly half of employees surveyed reported problematic use of alcohol, drugs or prescription medication, with 1 in 5 noting at least weekly usage.

"The research not only reveals an alarming rate of alcohol and other substance abuse among workers across a variety of industries and generations, but also paves the way for employers to open the conversation with employees about these issues. In this way, companies can empower workers to seek the help and support they need," said Dan Jolivet, Workplace Possibilities practice consultant at The Standard.

When the opioid crisis came to light, employers found themselves with a significant role to play in stemming a nationwide epidemic. Employer benefits programs were one key avenue to care, prompting some organizations to re-examine offerings to ensure better value. A pandemic requiring mass lockdowns only further tested employers' benefits, particularly mental health offerings.

The pandemic forced employers to reconsider mental health strategies - especially because some surveys showed that employer offerings may have been ineffective in coronavirus' wake. hrdive.com

Put on a Few Pounds? Time to clean out the closet - Oh what fun.
Some People Can't Wait to Dress for Work Again
Today, some workers plan to do some in-person shopping to prepare for in-person work, another change after a year of booming e-commerce.

"I do have a few clients that are totally sick of the comfy look and can't wait to dress up again, but most of my clients want to come out of this pandemic with a more relaxed professional style," says Jackie Conlin, a style consultant in San Francisco.

Slightly less-formal styles might prove popular for anyone going back to work this year, because bringing back structured work clothes is not without its hiccups.

"I'm sad to confess that on my first business trip last year, my suit didn't really fit," says Mr. Adler, the California CEO.

"A few too many pretzels and potato chips in quarantine. But even then, it felt great to wear it out again."  wsj.com

California aims to fully reopen its economy June 15

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The Emerging League of Progressive Prosecutors'
Reforming the Criminal Legal System - Not Going Well
Petty Theft Prosecutions Disappearing

Editor's Note:
Progressive Prosecutor Movement Facing it's Biggest Challenge - Rising Murder Rates & Violent Crime
Can they continue to get elected while murder rates and violent crime is spiking in cities across the nation?

With all of them basically refusing to prosecute petty larceny cases and rising felony thresholds the impact on retail has already begun . So the question is how far does it go"

Here's some back ground, some details on how we got here, the funding efforts that put them there, and where it is right now. Because right now the movement could be in jeopardy. As some have said that while reforms are needed this effort has been a disaster. - Gus Downing

The Beginning - Reforming Mass Incarceration - Funding Candidates - Actively Prosecuting Police

Harvard Law Review: Dec. 2018
The Paradox of "Progressive Prosecution"
In December 2018 Harvard Law Review published this paper about an newly emerging group of "progressive prosecutors," that after witnessing racial injustice's throughout the criminal justice system from the apprehension point all the way through to the sentencing guidelines and prison itself, that where 'taking it upon themselves to reform a "fundamentally rotten" U.S. criminal legal system.'

Recognizing that the "tough on crime" age of mass incarceration no longer resonates with voters as widely as in the age of mass incarceration. With candidates like Larry Krasner in Philadelphia promising to end mass incarceration and never pursue the death penalty won his election. Along with a number of other candidates taking the same position around the country and winning a number of DA seats.

That same year, 2018, prominent civil rights activist and writer Shaun King cofounded a political action committee (PAC) to help fund campaigns of reform-minded prosecutors. And then billionaire George Soros became part of the mission to elect reform-minded prosecutors and has invested millions of dollars into their campaigns.

Fundamentally, progressive prosecutors seek to rebalance the use of prosecutorial discretion. Where traditional prosecutors have used their enforcement powers in a heavy-handed manner to punish marginalized individuals, progressive prosecutors institute practices that pull back on those punitive measures, or, at least, divert them.

And where traditional prosecutors have refused to exercise their expansive powers to hold police accountable for misdeeds, progressive prosecutors (sometimes) actively prosecute police officers.

Great read about the entire issue and the movement: harvardlawreview.org

Philly Dems Dump Their Own Progressive Prosecutor Who's Under Siege
Next Round of Elections Could Have Major Impact on LP & AP Nationwide

Homicide surge ratchets up pressure on progressive DAs
Larry Krasner's election in 2017 was a triumph for progressives nationwide: The man who had sued cops 75 times, represented Black Lives Matter, promised to end cash bail - and was widely seen as the most liberal district attorney candidate in the country - won.

AdvertisementFour years later, Philadelphia's top prosecutor - and one of the leading figures of the country's criminal justice reform movement - is under siege.

Homicides are skyrocketing in the city, and local officials are grumbling. A former assistant district attorney backed by the local police union is challenging Krasner in the May primary. And in recent weeks, the Philadelphia Democratic Party broke with years of tradition and declined to endorse the incumbent.

The primary battle is a test of whether the left can maintain its successful campaign electing progressive district attorneys amid an uptick in murders in cities around the country. If Krasner wins, it could signal the arrival of a new era, one in which the public doesn't recoil from liberal criminal justice policy - even when crime statistics go up. If he fails, it would be a jolt for politically beleaguered police unions, and a sudden halt to what has been a steady shift leftward in urban DA races.

Krasner isn't the only big-city progressive prosecutor meeting fierce resistance. In California, both San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón are facing recall efforts. Opponents of the left-wing DAs have accused them of letting criminals loose on the streets and turning a blind eye to victims - all criticisms lobbed at Krasner, too.

As for the spike in homicides - they are up 29 percent compared with this time in 2020, which was the most violent year in three decades - Krasner blames larger societal forces. msn.com

California Recall Efforts Underway for LA's & San Fran's 'Progressive' DAs
Movement Grows to Recall Two Progressive Prosecutors in CA
According to the advocacy group "Fair and Just Prosecution," the goal of progressive criminal justice reform is to create "a justice system grounded in fairness, equity, compassion, and fiscal responsibility." Starting around 2016, this movement picked up momentum across the U.S., primarily by funding candidates in County District Attorney elections. There are now dozens of cities and counties with elected district attorneys that are enforcing massive shifts in prosecutorial conduct. Reforms were needed. But so far, they have been a disaster.

Criminal justice reform can put an end to overreliance on often coerced plea bargains and punitive incarceration. But reform doesn't have to condemn our cities to lawlessness. As balance is restored and the electorate becomes more aware of the issues, genuine progress can be made. The injustice of harsh sentencing has to be weighed against its overall value in deterring crime. The staggering expense of incarceration, or, for that matter, the staggering expense of homeless shelters in cities riddled with corruption, has to be confronted and corrected. Not every jail has to be a supermax. Not every homeless shelter has to cost $100,000 (or more) per bed. The liberty of individuals to consume drugs has to be balanced against the rights of the people who live on the streets they've taken over. capoliticalreview.com

No Petty Theft Prosecutions in NYC?
What Will Manhattan's Next District Attorney Refuse To Prosecute?
Three of the eight DA candidates and the leading progressive candidate listed petty larceny as a low level crime they would not prosecute.

Taking on "Progressive Prosecutors"
District attorneys who refuse to enforce the criminal law are violating their oath to support and defend the Constitution-and could be challenged on those grounds.

From San Francisco to Los Angeles to Chicago to Philadelphia to Boston, urban dwellers have elected a new breed of district attorneys who style themselves "progressive prosecutors." In this denomination, the adjective does the heavy lifting. The prosecutors' campaigns have been funded by the bogeyman of the Right, billionaire leftist George Soros. The politicization of what was, in its origins, an apolitical law-enforcement function will have serious consequences for public safety and order.

According to the American Bar Association, "The prosecutor serves the public interest and should act with integrity and balanced judgment to increase public safety both by pursuing appropriate criminal charges of appropriate severity, and by exercising discretion to not pursue criminal charges in appropriate circumstances." city-journal.org

New York Law School; Law Review, January 2020
The Hard Truths of Progressive Prosecution and a Path to Realizing the Movement's Promise
This paper identifies the inherent obstacles prosecutors face, like negativity bias, prosecutorial culture, the actual structure of the criminal justice system itself and how we prosecute violent crime that can impede reform and actually change the prosecutor's objectives and behaviors long term.

Obviously studied after a few years of experiencing the impact of the position and difficulty each DA faces in trying to bring about the changes they set out to do. Read the paper

Cartels in Our Supply Chain
Delivering Your Goods & 20 Tons of Cocaine to U.S. - Cost MSC Over $100M
in Security Costs

How shipping giant MSC reacted to billion-dollar cocaine bust
'Smart' containers, remote cameras and enhanced inspections to combat drug threat

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) - which recently surpassed Maersk to become the world's largest ocean carrier - confirmed it "suffered significant financial and reputational damage" from the record-breaking drug bust aboard its ship, the MSC Gayane, in 2019.

MSC detailed the extent of the consequences in a newly filed court document - consequences that include over $100 million in additional security costs. "The company and everyone in it are victims," MSC wrote in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III.

The ship at the center of the story was new, very large and very expensive. It was built in 2018, with a capacity of 11,600 twenty-foot equivalent units, valued at around $90 million, owned by an entity affiliated with JP Morgan and leased by MSC.

When U.S. authorities swarmed the ship in Philadelphia on June 17, 2019, they found almost 20 tons of cocaine worth over $1 billion hidden in seven shipping containers. That's the same weight in cocaine as three adult male African elephants. 

See how they spent $100M on security improvements - Continue reading

Utah trucking owner admits bribing FedEx manager for $24M contract
Hubert Ivan Ugarte, 52, of Draper, Utah, pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering last week in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. He admitted to paying a former FedEx Ground (FXG) senior linehaul manager, Ryan Lee Mower, approximately $490,000 over a seven-year period between 2012 and 2019 in exchange for operating at least 45 delivery routes originating from the Salt Lake City hub, tripling the limit of routes allowed under FedEx Ground's established policies.

In exchange for the payments, Ugarte's 14 trucking companies netted over $24 million over seven years. Ugarte was one of 10 defendants who paid approximately $1 million in bribes to Mower, according to federal investigators.

Prosecutors claim the trucking companies involved in the scheme with Mower raked in more than $280 million total over a 10-year period. freightwaves.com

Towing fraud, staged accidents targeted by new coalition that includes ATA
Trucking industry comes together with insurance-focused groups to fight two vexing problems of fraud

A three-member coalition that includes the American Trucking Associations has come together to combat both towing fraud and staged accidents that are costing the trucking industry millions.

The ATA joined with the American Property Casualty Insurance Association and the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud in the new coalition, which doesn't yet have a name.

"While towing fraud and staged accidents are distinct issues, they are tied together because they both involve some sort of insurance fraud that is a real burden on carriers and members of the public, in addition to insurers," spokesmen for the three groups jointly said in an email response to questions from FreightWaves. "Additionally, both staged accidents and predatory towing contribute to skyrocketing insurance costs so addressing these problems is one step in mitigating the future cost of insurance for carriers." freightwaves.com

Here Are the 100 Best Companies to Work For® in the U.S. in 2021, According to Over Half a Million Employees

Over half a million employees in the U.S. have weighed in to determine the 2021 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®.

Based on confidential employee surveys gathered during the pandemic, workplaces that put employee health first - both physical and psychological - enjoyed record jumps in employee experience scores.

Great Place to Work® - the global authority on company culture - determines the list each year through rigorous analysis of data from their proprietary Trust Index™ employee experience survey.

- 71% of winning workplaces scored better on employee experience than in pre-pandemic times

- Black employees' experience soared when their company took a meaningful and consistent stand against racial injustice

- Generous community giving was a standout feature of the 100 Best

- Benefits and compensation in 2020-21 went far beyond the standard

Of the Top 100, 7 were retail companies:

4. Wegman's Food Markets, Inc.
14. Target Corporation
24. Nugget Market, Inc.
36. CarMax
42. Publix Super Markets
69. Burlington Stores
83. Sheetz, Inc.

C-Stores Development
POS & Back Office Evolve
When it comes to point-of-sale (POS) and back-office technology, a number of emerging trends are expected to pick up steam in 2021.

Hybrid POS systems and hardware-agnostic POS software are two areas for convenience stores to watch in the year ahead, noted Patrick Raycroft, the Convenience and Energy vertical lead at W. Capra Consulting Group.

"More POS deployments will involve certain POS functions running in the cloud and critical POS functions running at the store-level," he said. "Although we are still some time away from pure cloud deployments of POS software due to issues with network reliability, abstracting non-business-critical POS functions to centralized cloud instances provides retailers with efficiencies in deployment, operations and data management."

Meanwhile, c-stores are one of the final retail spaces where most POS software relies on specified register hardware, he noted. "The ability to select and integrate POS software without being bound to particular POS software provides retailers substantial opportunities to reduce site-level costs and improve reliability of site systems." cstoredecisions.com

Dollar Tree to hire thousands in it's 15,400 U.S. stores

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New Threat Mitigation Tool
CISA Launches New Threat Detection Dashboard

Aviary is a new dashboard that works with CISA's Sparrow threat detection tool.

The US Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is launching another security tool to help organizations mitigate threats like those posed by the recent SolarWinds supply chain attack discovered in December.

The tool, called Aviary, is a new dashboard that helps visualize and analyze outputs from CISA's recently-released Sparrow detection tool. Sparrow aims to help network defenders detect possible compromised accounts and applications in Azure and Microsoft 365 environments.

CISA says it created Sparrow to support hunts for threat activity following the SolarWinds compromise. Aviary - a Splunk-based dashboard - facilitates analysis of Sparrow data outputs.

Last month CISA released the CISA Hunt and Incident Response Program (CHIRP), which aids in the collection of forensic evidence and indicators of compromise from on-premise systems.

More on the Aviary release can be found here. darkreading.com

Fortune 500 Security Shows Progress and Pitfalls

Fortune 500 companies have improved on email security and vulnerability disclosure programs but struggle in asset management and high-risk services.

Rapid7's "Internet Cyber-Exposure Report" aims to highlight critical security issues for the CISO, IT security staff, and internal business partners in an enterprise. Its analysis is broken down into five areas of risk: email security, encryption for public Web applications, version management for Web and email servers, risky protocols unsuitable for the Internet, and the increase in VDPs.

Room for Improvement: Asset and Patch Management

The range of systems, technologies, and business processes in the Fortune 100 present daily challenges for even the largest organizations and most mature security teams.
Rapid7 researchers found within a single technology stack (Web servers), firms across business services, finance, healthcare, leisure, industrials, media, and technology expose 10 or more different versions of Apache and/or Nginx. All industries have one or more businesses exposing at least three different versions of Internet Information Services (IIS). This expands the attack surface and impedes patching.

The Danger of Internet-Facing Services

Rapid7 researchers sought to learn how well the Fortune 500 was doing in leaving high-risk services exposed on the Internet, so they focused on Server Message Block (SMB), Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), and Telnet because they're commonly used in these businesses.

Of the hosts exposing SMB, 95% provided a hostname, 91% leaked the DNS name of the host, and 92% leaked the fully qualified domain name configured on the host. RDP 403 services were detected in 61 companies, especially in technology, healthcare, and finance. The finance industry had the most Telnet exposure, with 61% of the total.

Researchers note that "any non-zero number" of these services made available to the public Internet is considered unacceptable in businesses with mature security programs. While it has been a while since the last major worm outbreak, NotPetya (SMB), WannaCry (SMB), and Mirai (Telnet) all leveraged the aforementioned protocols. darkreading.com
Zoom Joins Microsoft Teams on List of Enterprise Tools Hacked at Pwn2Own
A pair of security researchers at the virtual Pwn2Own hacking contest Wednesday exploited a combination of three individual zero-day bugs in the Zoom client to show how attackers could gain complete remote control of any PC or notebook computer on which the video communications software is installed.

The exploit came barely a day after another researcher at Pwn2Own demonstrated code execution on Microsoft Teams, which, like Zoom, has seen a surge in use since the global COVID-19 pandemic forced an increase in remote work at many organizations. The two exploits - and several others against Microsoft Exchange Server, Windows 10, and other technologies - have served as a further reminder of just how vulnerable some core enterprise software and communication products are to modern attacks. darkreading.com

500 Million LinkedIn Profiles Scraped?
LinkedIn responds to scrape report
Information from 500 million LinkedIn profiles is part of a database for sale on a website used by hackers, per CNN, citing cybersecurity site CyberNews. LinkedIn said in a statement that the data involved is "an aggregation ... from a number of websites and companies" that includes publicly viewable information. LinkedIn says there was no data breach and, based on the company's review, "no private member account data" was included. The news comes on the heels of a scraping incident at Facebook, though the company says it is "confident that the specific issue" that let hackers scrape user data in 2019 "no longer exists. linkedin.com

Massive cache of LinkedIn user data leaked online




Lying to get the truth?

Frazier v. Cupp (US Supreme Court, 1969) allows investigators to use deceptive tactics, including lying about evidence during an interrogation. Legally, this tactic is permissible with certain limitations, but is it really the right thing to do? There are several reasons why lying about the existence of evidence is improper during interrogations, including potential loss of credibility, contaminated admissions, and even false confessions. To explore these issues, let's take a simple case of suspected cash theft. The investigator has circumstantial evidence of the employee's involvement, but after receiving a denial from the subject they decide to make an explicit lie about the existence of evidence. The investigator states "...we have video footage of you taking $100 out of the register and putting it in your pocket".

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It looks like Amazon is changing the dates for Prime Day again
The company-created shopping event is currently slated for June
One source speculated that the timing could be influenced by Wall Street. More specifically, Amazon execs may want to boost sales in the second quarter of the year to help with financial comparisons to the second quarter of 2020, when Amazon revenue grew an above-average 40 percent amid lockdown-fueled stock-up splurges. June is in the second quarter of the year, while July is in the third

Multiple sources said Amazon has also considered adding another shopping event around the fall, even with the return of Prime Day to summertime. It's unclear if such an additional event is still under consideration. vox.com

Bernie Wants Investigation - Warren Will Keep on Fighting

Amazon may have won the Alabama union drive. But scrutiny of its labor practices isn't going away
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), one of Amazon's top critics, said in a tweet on Friday he supported labor organizers' calls for an investigation into Amazon's attempts to quash the unionization efforts. The Retail Warehouse and Department Store Union, which sought to represent the Bessemer warehouse workers, claims Amazon used illegal tactics to mislead and intimidate workers. (The company has disputed those charges)

The union drive is putting greater pressure on Washington to respond to long-running concerns about working conditions at the e-commerce giant.

"We're not going anywhere," Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said during a news conference after the vote. "Whether Jeff Bezos likes it or not, this organizing drive is going to open the floodgates to more collective action."

Over the last year, Amazon workers have raised safety concerns about work in the warehouses during the pandemic.

The National Labor Relations Board is also reportedly fielding increasing complaints about retaliation against Amazon workers. The nation's top labor watchdog has fielded at least 37 charges against Amazon across 20 cities since February 2020, NBC News reported last month. washingtonpost.com

Amazon Showed Employees Other Union Agreements - No Big Difference
I don't want any of my money going to a union

Why Amazon Workers in Alabama Voted Against Union
Warehouse employees cite job security as well as company's arguments highlighting its strengths and the union's weaknesses

Amazon employees in Alabama who sided against unionization said they had broad concerns about job security and grew convinced that their pay and benefits might not markedly increase with the help of a union.

The resounding victory for Amazon, the nation's second-largest private employer, came after it organized what proved to be a successful local campaign, highlighting the company's strengths and questioning the union's benefits. Nationally, Amazon grew vocal in pushing back against criticism about its workplace conditions, including when a top executive engaged in disputes with members of Congress on Twitter.

Analysts say the defeat of unionization will strengthen Amazon after what has already been a year of tremendous growth and success fueled by the pandemic.

Some workers said Amazon helped steer their vote against unionization. Other employees said they didn't need convincing by Amazon and were against unionizing from the start.

Workers said they were wary of the cost of union dues and not persuaded that the union would be able to add significantly to their pay or improve benefits. In the end, less than 16% of the facility's total workforce voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

"I work hard for my money, and I don't want any of it going to a union that maybe can get us more pay, or maybe can get us longer breaks," said Melissa Charlton Myers, a 41-year-old employee at the Bessemer, Ala., facility that voted on unionization. "It's not worth the risk."

In company meetings, which some employees described as mandatory, Amazon gave them details about other contracts the RWDSU had negotiated on behalf of employees in other industries. The bargaining agreements that Amazon showed employees didn't seem to indicate that there would be a substantial difference, said Cori Jennings, 40, another worker who voted against unionization.

Also playing a role were fears about possible repercussions of forming a union, including the possibility that Amazon would shut down the facility if they decided to unionize, some employees said. Others worried the company would nix plans for two other facilities it had announced last year that it plans to open in a nearby area.

The union is expected to appeal the vote. wsj.com

VISA: Hackers increasingly using web shells to steal credit cards
Global payments processor VISA warns that threat actors are increasingly deploying web shells on compromised servers to exfiltrate credit card information stolen from online store customers.

Web shells are tools (scripts or programs) deployed by threat actors to gain and/or maintain access to hacked servers, remotely execute arbitrary code or commands, move laterally within a target's network, or deliver additional malicious payloads.

Throughout the last year, VISA has seen a growing trend of web shells being used to inject JavaScript-based scripts known as credit card skimmers into hacked online stores in web skimming (aka digital skimming, e-Skimming, or Magecart) attacks. Once deployed, the skimmers allow them to steal the payment, and personal info submitted by the compromised online stores' customers and send it to servers under their control. bleepingcomputer.com

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Cartels Using 15 Retail Store Fronts For 6 Years in Columbus, Ohio
8 individuals sentenced to prison for laundering $44M in drug proceeds to Mexico through local cell phone store fronts
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The final of eight defendants in a $44 million money-laundering case was sentenced today in U.S. District Court. Sentences imposed range from five years to 18 years in prison.

Local and federal law enforcement, working in conjunction, spent years investigating large-scale narcotics traffickers in an effort that ultimately brought down the money-laundering ring.

According to court documents, beginning around 2013 and continuing until September 2019, the defendants conspired to distribute heroin, fentanyl and marijuana and commit large-scale money laundering.

The schemes relied on the use of small businesses that held themselves out as cell phone stores. The stores sold few, if any, cell phones, and they conducted little, if any, legitimate business otherwise. Rather, the stores were merely front businesses for drug traffickers to send large amounts of money related to their drug trafficking from Columbus to Mexico.

Jose Luis Rosales-Ocampo, 57, of Columbus, and his family members ran the so-called cell phone stores: Los Rosales on Shady Lane Road, Los Rosales 2 on East Main Street and Express Cellular on Eastland Square Drive.

The storefronts principally served as a place for individuals to wire illicit drug proceeds to Mexico. Thousands of illicit wire transfers were completed per year. Drug dealers from multiple narcotics-trafficking cells would drop large amounts of narcotics money at the stores, after which the store owners would falsify money sender names, addresses and phone numbers on the wire transfers to Mexico in order to conceal the nature of the proceeds.

In total, the joint state-federal efforts led to the prosecution of eight defendants federally and 35 defendants by the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office. justice.gov

From Russia to US Federal Prison
'Hornea Crew' of 14 Convicted For East Coast Skimming Fraud

Romanian National Extradited to U.S. for Multi-State ATM Skimming Scheme
A Romanian national was extradited from Germany to the District of Massachusetts to face racketeering conspiracy charges relating to an ATM skimming operation throughout Massachusetts and other states including Connecticut, New York and South Carolina and up and don the East Coast.

Dragush Nelo Hornea, 26, was charged in a May 2017 indictment on one count of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity (more commonly known as RICO conspiracy) and one count of conspiracy to use counterfeit access devices. Dragush Hornea was detained in federal custody following an initial appearance in federal court in Boston Friday.

Specifically, it is alleged that over a period of 18 months, Dragush Hornea and his co-conspirators engaged

According to the charging documents, Dragush Hornea was a member of the Hornea Crew (Crew), led by co-conspirators Constantin Denis Hornea and Ludemis Hornea, and engaged in ATM skimming - obtaining debit card numbers and PINs from unsuspecting bank customers, creating counterfeit cards, and making unauthorized withdrawals from the victims' bank accounts. In total, the skimming activities resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.

Dragush Hornea was charged with 13 co-defendants in a May 2017 indictment. Thus far, all co-defendants have been convicted and those sentenced have received sentences ranging from one year and one day to 65 months in prison. justice.gov

Multi-State Fraud Crew Member Pleads Guilty to $150,000 Fraud at Stores
Montgomery County MD., Man Pleads Guilty - Opened Credit Card Accounts at Retail & Telecom Stores Using the Stolen Personal Information of Hundreds of Victims - Defrauded Victims of at Least $150,000
Abdel Ndiaye, a/k/a "Pac," age 32, of Boyds, Maryland, pleaded guilty to the federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, in connection with a scheme in which Ndiaye and his co-conspirators opened credit card accounts at numerous retail and telecommunications stores in order to obtain money and property. The guilty plea was entered on April 7, 2021.

From October 2015 to April 2018, Ndiaye conspired with Jonathan Henry, Dominique Davis, and others to obtain real individuals' personally identifying information (PII), without the victims' knowledge or permission.

As part of the conspiracy, co-conspirators used the victims' personal information and fraudulent driver's licenses to apply for instant credit at various retailers and telecommunications stores in the names of the victims to purchase merchandise and electronics. To evade detection by law enforcement, co-conspirators traveled to stores located in different states including Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Ndiaye admitted that he and his co-conspirators used the stolen personal information of at least 62 victims to open fraudulent accounts, causing a total loss to the card issuers and telecommunication stores at least $150,597.06.

Ndiaye faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison, consecutive to any other sentence imposed, for aggravated identity theft.

Jonathan Henry, age 29, of Bethesda, Maryland, and Dominique Davis, age 30, of Germantown, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme and were sentenced to 41 months and 30 months in federal prison, respectively. justice.gov

Two Essex County Men Arrested for $220,000 Fraudulent Debit Card Scheme
Alateef Perry, 43, of Newark, and Rajohn Dawkins, 25, of Irvington, New Jersey, are charged by complaint with conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

From July 2019 through March 2020, Perry and Dawkins fraudulently used debit cards in the names of other individuals to purchase diesel fuel for commercial truck drivers in exchange for cash. Perry and Dawkins met commercial truck drivers at multiple gas stations in New Jersey, including gas stations located in Hanover and Middlesex. Perry and Dawkins used the unauthorized debit cards to fill the drivers' commercial trucks with diesel fuel. The truck drivers then typically paid Perry and Dawkins a fraction of the fuel's purchase price in cash, which Perry and Dawkins pocketed. Perry and Dawkins used over 500 unauthorized debit cards and ultimately stole over $220,000. justice.gov

Moundsville, WV: He stole more than $ 120,000 in gift cards at Walmart
for fake girlfriend
A Walmart employee stole more than $ 123,000 worth of gift cards to share with an alleged woman he never actually met in person, according to federal prosecutors.

Kenneth Werkau, 63, is now accused of activating gift cards at a Moundsville, West Virginia store from September 2019 to January 2020, without having paid for them. In a news release the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia said the man now faces three federal wire fraud charges. Werkau was a Walmart employee when he was charged with activating OneVanilla MasterCard and XBox prepaid gift cards. He "entered in the registry that the stolen cards were purchased in cash, when in reality the defendant did not put cash in the registry," according to court documents.

Prosecutors said Werkau stole $ 123,775 worth of gift cards and sent information to use by text message to someone identified as "Paulina" who he met only online. "They actually scammed him, he believed the person was real," said Lt. Steve Kosek of the Moundsville Police Department. The person sent a female image and asked for the gift cards. Werkau was caught "red handed" and unpaid gift cards, the station reported. He was fired from his job in January 2020, according to local station OMCV.

Now man could spend up to 20 years in prison and face up to $ 250,000 in fines if convicted of all three charges he faces. Werkau did not respond to a request for comment and it is unknown if he has a lawyer. explica.co

Sioux Falls, IA: $17,000 of merchandise recovered from C- Store Burglary,
Twin Brothers arrested
Detectives with the Sioux City Police Department had been investigating Chase Van Hofwegen and his twin brother, Chance Van Hofwegen, 19, of Sioux City, in connection to the burglary of Select Mart on March 29. Detectives located Chance in a residence when they served a search warrant in connection to the Sioux Falls robbery and the Sioux City burglary. During the search of the Van Hofwegen residence, detectives found $17,000 worth of stolen merchandise from Select Mart. siouxlandproud.com

Redwood City, CA: Thieves take $15K in merchandise at Redwood City liquor store

Fort Myers, FL: Credit card thief buys $1500 worth of Yeti Coolers

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Shootings & Deaths

Little Rock, AR: Victim in Little Rock outlet mall shooting dies, suspect still at large
The victim in Saturday's shooting at the Outlets of Little Rock has died, Little Rock police confirmed Sunday night. Police have not identified the victim. Keaton McGee was detained at the scene of the shooting at 1 Bass Pro Shop Drive around 6 p.m. Saturday, police said. He was taken to the 12th Street substation. McGee reportedly requested medical treatment and escaped from officers and medical staff while being escorted out of the substation. Officials said he is considered armed and "very dangerous." In 2019, McGee briefly escaped a state youth detention center in Alexander. He was also listed as a suspect and arrested in connection to the Otter Creek shooting in February. katv.com

Oconee County, GA: Sheriff: GBI to probe "suspicious" death in Walmart parking lot
The Oconee County Sheriff's Office says the GBI has taken over the investigation into last week's death of a person whose body was found in the parking lot of the Wal Mart store on Epps Bridge Parkway. It is a death Sheriff's Office investigators in Watkinsville say is suspicious. The suspicious death in the Walmart parking lot on Thursday, April 8, has been turned over to the GBI. This was done so we can continue to focus on the murder investigation of Elijah Wood. As for this case, anytime there is a death in which the cause is not apparent, we must investigate to determine the cause. While the GBI is in charge of the investigation from this point forward, we do not feel there is any need for concern or fear from the public. wgauradio.com

Koshkonong, MO: Man charged with murder in Missouri convenience store attack
A 28-year-old man has been charged in the fatal shooting of one person and the wounding of three more at a convenience store in a small southern Missouri town. Christopher Lindley of Thayer, Missouri, was charged with first-degree murder and criminal action in the shooting at the Snappy Mart store in Koshkonong, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a news release late Saturday. He is being held without bond.
Oregon County Sheriff Eric King said Lindley knew at least one of the victims, but that his motive in the shooting is unclear. Three of the victims, including the person who died, were from out of state. Several witnesses inside the store were not hurt. abcnews.go.com

Oakland, CA: Two shot and killed inside Liquor/Grocery store Saturday night
Two men were fatally shot within three hours Saturday night in East Oakland, authorities said. Shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday a 25-year-old man was fatally shot inside Booker's Grocery Liquor store, authorities said. The shooting happened after the man got into a dispute with someone inside the store, authorities said. Police have not yet said what the dispute was about or who the other person was. eastbaytimes.com

Memphis, TN: 4 injured, 1 dead after shooting at Auto Repair shop
One person is dead and 3 others, including a mother and a child, are injured after an exchange of gunfire in a Memphis neighborhood Saturday afternoon. Memphis Police said the shooting happened around 5:20 p.m. at the Wells Auto Center. At least 2 people were shooting, exchanging gunfire, according to police. One man who was shot died after arriving at Regional One Hospital, police said. Police said a child and a woman were also hit by bullets but are expected to be ok. Another man who was injured in the shooting was also driven to Regional One Hospital by a personal vehicle, police said. fox13memphis.com

Staten Island, NY: Man gunned down in Long Island convenience store
Witnesses told police that the gunman specifically targeted Darnell Snell, 38, and the shooting did not appear to take place during a robbery. nydailynews.com

Houston, TX: Teen in critical condition, shot in front of a strip center
A 16-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in front of a strip mall. Houston police say the shooting happened Sunday night inside a vehicle on the city's East Side and at least two other males were with the teenager at the time. At this moment, police say it's unclear how the shooting happened, but they recovered a weapon and are using nearby video surveillance as part of their investigation. news4sanantonio.com

Des Peres, MO: Shots fired near an Apple Store in Missouri

Oklahoma City, OK: Witness Captures Video Of Parking Garage Shooting At Penn Square Mall

Houston, TX: Man shot to death outside west Houston corner store

Suspect arrested in Costa Rica for 2012 slaying of Metro PCS worker in NYC


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Nashville, TN: Police searching for man wanted in brutal sexual assault near Nashville, crimes in three other states
Detectives are searching for a man wanted in several states for multiple crimes, including a brutal sexual assault near Nashville. According to a release from the Mt. Juliet Police Department, on April 6 the suspect followed a woman home from a club in Nashville, forced his way into her apartment and sexually assaulted her. That night, the suspect arrived at the Deja Vu adult club began behaving suspiciously, police said. He waited until the woman left the club and followed her to Mr. Juliet in a newer-model maroon Cadillac CTS with no license plate. The suspect forced his way into the victim's home where he hit her with a handgun and tied her up before sexually assaulting her multiple times. He stole a large sum of cash before fleeing, police said.

The suspect is also wanted for thefts in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, the release said. He was involved in grab-and-run thefts from Kay Jewelers in Slidell, Louisiana; Fultondale, Alabama and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Police said the suspect is possibly continuing to commit crimes across the southeast. fox13memphis.com

Chicago, IL: Burglars break into Nordstrom on Mag Mile; 1 charged
A Nordstrom department store on the Mag Mile was broken into early Monday morning and one man has been charged, Chicago police said. The burglary occurred at about 1:38 a.m. as police said three to four people entered the store after breaking the glass on the front door with a rock or a brick. The suspects then fled the scene with purses and other merchandise from the store, police said. abc7chicago.com

Phoenix, AZ: Suspect demands Walgreens clerk remove security device from toothbrush

Colorado Springs, CO: Police Arrest 4 Suspects Wanted In More Than A Dozen Robberies

San Jose, CA: Business owner encouraged by Police response after recent Burglaries

Fort Myers, FL: Man sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for four 2019 armed robberies

Elkhart, IN: Men admit to store Dollar General Armed Robbery, sentenced to 23 years

Sherman, TX: After confessing to 18 burglaries, man gets 12 years

UK: Auckland, New Zealand: Eye fillets and champagne: 'High-end' items targeted as shoplifting increases




AT&T - Maumee, OH - Robbery
AT&T - Fort Lee, NJ - Burglary
C-Store - Sioux Falls, IA - Burglary
C-Store - Grover Beach, CA - Burglary
Dollar General - Elizabeth City, NC - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Salina, KS - Burglary
Furniture - Salina, KS - Burglary
Gas Station - Hardy, AR - Burglary
Grocery - Columbia, TN - Robbery
Hardware - Salina, KS - Burglary
Jewelry - Fort Worth, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Cerritos, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Chattanooga, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Arlington, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Pensacola, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Orlando, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Renton, WA - Robbery
Liquor - Redwood City, CA - Burglary
Nordstrom - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Sports - Chicago, IL - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 10 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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