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Kevin Stone, CFI promoted to Senior Manager - LP Systems, Analytics, ORC & Investigations for Columbia Sportswear Company
Kevin has been with Columbia Sportswear Company for more than four years, starting with the company in 2017. Before his promotion to Senior Manager - LP Systems, Analytics, ORC & Investigations, he served as Manager of Organized Retail Crime. Prior to joining Columbia, he spent more than five years with Gap Inc. as ORC Manager. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Banana Republic and Kohl's. Congratulations, Kevin!

Nick Barnett, FLO named Sr. Manager of Ecommerce Risk, Investigations & Enforcement for Amazon

Prior to joining Amazon as Sr. Manager of ECommerce Risk, Investigations & Enforcement, Nick spent 15 years with Target, most recently as Assets Protection Director for more than six years. Throughout his career with Target, he held numerous key roles, including Sr. Dual Market Investigations Team Leader, Sr. Assets Protection Business Partner, and Investigations Team Leader. Congratulations, Nick!

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How LP Can Partner with Other Departments to Boost Video Surveillance Investments

May 12, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

Join Axis and Prosegur, as we look beyond buzzwords such as AI, machine learning, and IoT to better understand where accelerated digital transformation has brought the video surveillance industry. Walk away with key insights to get IT, HR, Marketing, Operations, and other key stakeholders interested in gaining more value from your systems today and help budget for your interconnected systems of tomorrow.


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Low Lights - Locked Doors - Appointment-Only Shopping
Madison Ave retailers lock doors in daytime amid crime frenzy

New York City's luxury retail outlook is dim - literally.

Swanky Madison Avenue shops on the Upper East Side are lowering lights, locking doors and opening by appointment only in an effort to combat a relentless scourge of brazen daytime shoplifters terrorizing the glitzy thoroughfare.

The Carolina Herrera boutique near 67th Street has been robbed so many times it now pretends to be shuttered, with lights dimmed and door dead-bolted shut, even during normal business hours.

"The normal thing now today is to lock our doors on Madison Avenue," confessed Carolina Herrera sales associate Michelle Singh, while showing off the fashion accessories, handbags most notably, that have proven a favorite target of an apparent organized band of shoplifters brazenly plucking luxury fashions off the shelves of avenue boutiques.

Nearby, Chanel (at 64th) and Prada (at 70th) are also locked during normal business hours, with well-dressed security guards standing by, opening the entrance for potential shoppers after eyeing them through the door windows. An NYPD patrol car with two officers sat outside Prada Friday afternoon.

"It's very much an organized crime model," said Matthew Bauer, president of the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. The shoplifters, who often go un-prosecuted under soft-on-crime Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, are "just the tip of the iceberg" and "following orders" for a much larger crime syndicate, Bauer said.

There has been a shocking rise in theft across the city, with grand larceny up 54 percent and petty larceny up 42 percent, according to NYPD data. Citywide shoplifting complaints have jumped 81 percent in the past year, Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri said in April.

The fallout for shoppers is that a stroll down Madison Avenue has lost much of its luster and spontaneity. Many retailers now encourage, or even require, shoppers to make appointments before they open the doors. nypost.com

Prop 47 Reform Fails for the 5th Time
Democratic Lawmaker's Effort to Amend California's Prop. 47 Fails
The effort of a Democratic lawmaker to amend Proposition 47 failed for the fifth time in the Assembly Public Safety Committee in a 2-5 vote as the state crime trend persists. "I guess we really are dependent on Batman to bring accountability and justice. Perhaps maybe we should call the Avengers too," the author of the bill Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) wrote on Twitter on April 26.

Proposition 47, which was passed by voters in 2014, downgraded some crimes, such as simple drug possession, from felonies to misdemeanors and raised the minimum amount of stolen goods from $400 to $950 for a theft case to be classified as a felony.

Assembly Bill (AB) 2718 would have classified petty theft and shoplifting to be defined as serial theft-a new crime under the bill.

Serial theft of property valued over $500 would have led to prosecution if the offender had two or more previous convictions of theft-reducing the $950 minimum enforced in Proposition 47, according to the bill.

Receiving stolen property and credit card fraud are also defined as serial theft in the bill. If passed, voters would have decided at the next statewide election on whether to make the legislation law. The bill was supported by the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA)-an advocacy group for state prosecutors-that actively speaks out against crime, according to the bill analysis.

"California is suffering from an unprecedented increase in all types of thefts, including organized retail theft, smash and grabs, and vehicle theft, which negatively affects all Californians, including crime victims, consumers, and business owners," the attorneys association said.

It's unclear whether Cooper will bring AB 2718 back to the committee for another vote. For now, the bill goes into the pipeline of failed attempts to reform and repeal Proposition 47. theepochtimes.com

Is More Police the Solution to Retail Crime Surge?
Concerns arise over SF plan to stop retail theft
More police will now be available to deter retail theft in the City of San Francisco, police said Thursday at a press conference in SF's Chinatown. However, not everyone thinks that more police is the answer.

The city's latest attempt to curtail retail theft is the 10A program. Like the current 10B program that allows private retailers to hire SFPD officers to provide on-site security, the 10A program will allow businesses to contract deputies from the San Francisco Sheriff's Office to do the same.

The problem is that the cost of this service may be a bit out of reach for smaller shop owners, said the president of the California Retailers' Association, Rachel Michelin.

"You have to have a certain sales revenue," she said. "This is an expensive program. It's not cheap, and it really will impact larger retailers, probably more of the national brands. Maybe some bigger regional retailers. But if you're a mom-and-pop in San Francisco, maybe just one store, this really isn't going to help you."

She said she would like to see a more comprehensive approach to solve the retail theft problem in the city. "While being able to contract with sheriff's deputies is certainly a way to deter it, we don't believe that is the answer long term to really get a handle on the growing issue of retail theft," Michelin said.

The 10A legislation allows private businesses to contract deputies on an occasional basis to provide additional law enforcement in commercial corridors and retail establishments. kron4.com

Seattle Battles Repeat Retail Criminals
Seattle, King County to crack down on thieves committing repeat retail thefts
The Seattle City Attorney's Office with the King County Prosecutor's Office is cracking down on people who commit repeat retail thefts. The news comes as the Seattle Police Department continues to conduct undercover operations to fight the rising problem, which is costing stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, and Target lots of money.

Just last week, both offices discussed the issue of repeat retail thefts in Seattle and decided to combine some of their cases in the hopes of getting a full understanding of a person's repeat offender's criminal history.

"To the folks that say what's being done, we're frustrated with it too. We don't like seeing people rip off stores at Bartell's and Walgreens. And you know, we don't want businesses to leave Seattle, we have been working on this. We've been identifying these high-profile offenders for years. And now that we have this really excellent partnership with the city attorney's office, people can be reassured that we're going to keep paying attention," said Casey McNerthney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

"What's frustrating is people can steal a cartload of items, five to six hundred dollars or more worth of goods, and that's still a misdemeanor offense. But now, that we're working with the city attorney's office, even more closely than we have before, those cases are also being aggregated too," McNerthney said.

Earlier this year, Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison announced the "High Utilizer Initiative," which pulls together resources from several city and county agencies to keep repeat offenders in custody and get them the help they need.

The initiative has found that 118 people were responsible for more than 2,400 criminal cases in the past five years. In the past several months, tens of thousands of dollars have been stolen off Seattle store shelves. kiro7.com

NYC's Plan to Combat Summer Violence
Mayor Adams meets with NYPD precinct commanders amid rising crime, shootings
There was a big weekend meeting Saturday at NYPD headquarters as Mayor Eric Adams called in the commanders from every precinct in the city. They spent the day talking about ways to curb violence ahead of the summer.

One by one, the commanding officers from all 77 NYPD precincts, along with other police officials, arrived at headquarters for the unprecedented meeting. They were asked to bring ideas on how to improve policing and drive down violence. It lasted about three hours.

"In order to start policing the city safely again, I heard across the board, it's time to get back to the basics," Adams said. "We also need every other agency in this city engaged."

According to NYPD statistics, so far this year, as of April 28, there have been 441 shooting victims citywide. That's up nearly 9% compared to the same time last year, when there were 406 victims, and up 85% compared to the same period in 2020.

The NYPD has released more details about its summer violence reduction plan to curb shootings. Starting Sunday, May 1, every borough will have a single inspector working as a violence reduction coordinator so they can deploy cops and resources faster. The Bronx will get two of these inspectors.

In 40 precincts citywide, they'll be adding more officers and modifying shifts to start three hours earlier. As CBS2's Christina Fan reports, plans are already in place to tackle summer violence, including new Neighborhood Safety Teams that took 50 guns of the streets in the last six weeks. cbsnews.com

Target Murder Highlights Connection Between Domestic Violence & Shootings
After fatal shooting at Brickyard Mall, advocates urge people to speak out about domestic violence
A day after a woman was shot and killed in a Target parking lot outside of the Brickyard Mall, Belmont Cragin area leaders and organizations are calling for more people to speak out about domestic violence, and encouraging victims to take advantage of services and resources.

"It's tragic, because there were clues and hints that this violence was occurring, and people were quiet and silent on it, and I think that it's important that when these incidents occur, that people stand up, neighbors stand up. Call it out, so that way we don't find ourselves in a position where we have - in this case here - a woman that was shot and killed. This could have been prevented," Villegas said. cbsnews.com

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COVID Update

576.4M Vaccinations Given

US: 83.1M Cases - 1M Dead - 80.7M Recovered
Worldwide: 514M Cases - 6.2M Dead - 468.8M Recovered

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Covid-19 Cases Rise in the U.S., With Limited Impact

Hospitalizations are climbing, but with comparatively fewer severe cases or fresh mitigation efforts

As new Omicron variants further infiltrate the U.S., a jumble of signals suggest the latest increase in Covid-19 infections hasn't sparked a commensurate surge in severe illness even as risks remain.

Epidemiologists say the U.S. may have gained at least some temporary protection from the record-breaking wintertime surge triggered by an earlier version of Omicron in combination with protection from Covid-19 vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week estimated the proportion of people in the U.S. with infection-induced antibodies jumped from 34% in December to 58% in February. wsj.com

The Return of Mask Mandates & Health Restrictions?
New York City Enters Higher Coronavirus Risk Level as Case Numbers Rise

The city moved into the medium risk level, known as yellow, as it sees a troubling increase in cases and the mayor weighs bringing back some restrictions.

As coronavirus cases continue to rise in New York City, the city entered a higher risk level for the virus on Monday, a troubling reminder that the pandemic is not over and that the virus still has the power to harm New Yorkers.

The city moved into the medium, or yellow, risk category for virus transmission, a development that could trigger the return of public health restrictions, although they are not required to be reinstated at this point.

Mayor Eric Adams, who last month contracted his first known case of the virus, will face difficult decisions over whether to bring back mask and vaccine mandates at a time when he is focused on the city's economic recovery and workers are returning to offices.

What's more, case levels in New York City, and around the country, are likely much higher than the official statistics because many residents are testing at home, and positive at-home tests are not typically included in official tallies. nytimes.com

Amazon's 'Safe Return to Normal'
Amazon is ending its paid COVID-19 sick leave policy for workers

Amazon also said it was changing some policies as part its "safe return to normal."

Amazon announced to its employees on Saturday that the company is ending its paid time off policy for employees with COVID-19 and is "returning to standard sick leave policies." Amazon employees in the US will now receive up to five days of excused, unpaid time after receiving a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, according to the company announcement that was viewed by Insider.

As of early January, Amazon had offered employees up to one full week of paid sick leave for employees diagnosed with COVID-19. Prior to that, the company had granted employees two full weeks of paid time off for COVID-19.

Amazon will also no longer excuse any time for employees who are waiting for test results given that rapid testing is "widely available," according to the announcement to employees. In its announcement to employees on Saturday, Amazon said it was changing several of its COVID-19 policies as part of "our safe return to normal where we can."

Amazon also announced it was ending its vaccine incentives and discontinuing its practice of sending site-wide notifications of positive COVID-19 cases in its facilities, unless required by law. news.yahoo.com

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Customer Harassment Rising with Prices
Fast food workers say they're facing more harassment than ever before as angry customers lash out in response to rising menu prices

As inflation pushes menu prices up, they said many customers are taking their anger out on workers.

Fast food workers have long borne the brunt of misplaced anger from customers. Now, as inflation causes food prices to skyrocket, restaurant workers say the job has become harder than ever.

Rising prices for ingredients and transportation within a beleaguered supply chain have translated to menu price increases at several popular fast food chains, leaving workers to field mounting questions and frustration from customers.

And while some companies have made changes like raising salaries and improving benefits in the last year to account for the labor shortages and demands for better working conditions, 11 fast food workers told Insider that it hasn't been enough to offset the recent onslaught of customer harassment.

The employees - who work at major chains including McDonald's, Chipotle, Starbucks, and Dunkin' - spoke to Insider anonymously to protect their jobs and their employment status has been confirmed. Workers who spoke to Insider all agreed that as prices go up, customers feel that they're entitled to changes in service, whether that means extra food, perks, or attention and energy from employees.

It's a common theme across companies, according to the employees. A Michigan Dunkin' worker said that she's had more than one customer try to jump over the counter upon finding out their desired ingredient wasn't available.

He added that customers seem to increasingly feel that "it's okay to emotionally abuse workers and leave messes." businessinsider.com

Macy's Small Store Rollout Continues
Macy's Is Betting Even Bigger on Smaller Stores

Format offers a frequently updated inventory that mixes trendy and staple items

Macy's Inc. is accelerating its rollout of smaller department stores, betting that it can attract more shoppers with fewer products and more digital services at stores closer to where customers run their daily errands.

Department stores like Nordstrom Inc. and Bloomingdale's, a unit of Macy's, began experimenting with smaller footprints years ago as online shopping depressed foot traffic to malls and millennials began moving to the suburbs. The pandemic accelerated the trend, with retailers gravitating toward suburban shopping centers where people are making more frequent visits to grocery stores and using new curbside pickup services.

Open-air shopping centers have been the "backbone of retail over the last five to 10 years," said Brandon Isner, head of Americas retail thought leadership at CBRE Group Inc., a commercial real-estate services firm. These centers include grocery-anchored shopping hubs and strip malls with smaller convenience and services-oriented tenants.

Macy's opened five Market by Macy's locations over the past two years in Texas and Atlanta. At 22,000 to 58,000 square feet, these stores are about a fifth the size of the company's department stores. The smaller stores offer a frequently updated inventory that mixes trendy and staple items, such as the latest style of loafers and classic T-shirts.  wsj.com

More Amazon Closures
Amazon is closing 6 Whole Foods stores across the US

Amazon recently closed nearly 70 retail shops to focus on its grocery business.

The closing locations are located in Montgomery, Alabama; Mobile, Alabama; Brookline, Massachusetts; Tarzana, California; and two stores in Chicago, Bloomberg first reported. There are about 500 Whole Foods locations around the world.

In March, Amazon announced it would close 68 physical stores, including Amazon Books, Amazon 4-Star, and Amazon Pop Up stores in the US and UK. That decision was part of a plan to focus on grocery, the chain told Insider at the time.

Amazon is at an "inflection point," in terms of brick and mortar strategy, head of analytical research at Placer.ai RJ Hottovy told Insider. Amazon can refine its strategy at this point to figure out what the relationship between Whole Foods and Amazon Fresh will be going forward. businessinsider.com

Apple Workers Fight to Unionize
This is what Apple retail employees in Atlanta are fighting for
The Apple Store, located in Atlanta's Cumberland Mall, is the first of the company's 272 retail locations to file for a union election. Employees have written an open letter explaining what changes they are pushing for: fair compensation and transparency on alleged pay inequality within the company, a commitment to promote more BIPOC employees into leadership positions, and increased COVID-19 safety measures in stores.

"We want to have a voice in our workplace," says Elli Daniels, a retail employee and union organizer. "We are doing this because we adore Apple and we love our jobs and we want to make sure we can continue to love the company as much as we do right now. We aren't doing this because we want to turn our backs on the company." theverge.com

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6 of eBay's Former Global Security Team Plead Guilty in Fed Court
Former eBay Sr. Director of Safety & Security Pleads Guilty to His Role in Cyberstalking Campaign
James Baugh, 47, of San Jose, Calif., eBay's former Senior Director of Safety & Security, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit stalking through interstate travel and through facilities of interstate commerce, two counts of stalking through interstate travel, two counts of stalking through facilities of interstate commerce, two counts of witness tampering and two counts of destruction, alteration and falsification of records in a federal investigation. U.S. District Court Judge scheduled sentencing for Sept. 29, 2022.

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Baugh was arrested and charged along with David Harville, eBay's former Director of Global Resiliency.
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Auror, the Retail Crime Intelligence company today announced on The Intel, it will be launching its crime prevention platform into the UK market following its appearance at Retail Risk London on 19 May 2022. The software company, already established in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with the world's best and largest retailers, including Walmart, Woolworths, and Coles, will be setting up offices in London, ready to address the £5 billion retail crime problem across the UK.

Auror's Chief Customer Officer, Rhod Thomas, says he is excited to be back in the UK and leading the company's launch here. The Wales native has been based in New Zealand for the last 10 years, guiding Auror's key partnerships with enterprise retailers in the Australian and New Zealand markets. Rhod is leading a discussion on the Power of collaboration: 10 years on disrupting retail crime at the Retail Risk conference, held at the Novotel, London West.

Learn more about Auror and their UK launch here






Mapping Your Cybersecurity Investments
Cybersecurity metrics corporate boards want to see

These are the metrics that boards of directors will find useful because they help map security investments with strategic goals and risks.

Cybersecurity pros often malign the "red-yellow-green" types of indicators, but keep in mind that the board doesn't need technical details or variances. If they can get by with "sales per square foot" metrics in retail stores that sell smartphones and candy bars or "bed utilization" measures for hospitals that treat dehydration and conduct brain surgery, they can work with "bigger picture" scales on three to five levels. "Red-yellow-green" isn't completely out of the question as long as the levels are defined and have details that explain them. The bigger challenge now is that board members are increasingly becoming liable for negligence, and they really should and do want more insight.

AdvertisementTop cybersecurity questions from corporate boards

1. Are we secure? This question is the bane of many a cybersecurity pro's existence because the answer now and always will be "no" from a literal 100% protection standpoint. If we rework the question to "what is our exposure level?" we can start to make headway.

2. Are we compliant? This question is often easily answered with audit results but may provide no real comfort due to its "point-in-time" perspective that can change at a moment's notice. Better to assess our cybersecurity program using a control framework.

3. Have we had any (significant) incidents? Board members will be well-aware of any significant incidents, so this question is usually answered with details as well as estimates regarding costs and potential liability.

4. How effective is our security program? Quality first.

5. How efficient is our security program? And then quantity.

Cybersecurity metrics for corporate boards

As we build out our program, our goal should be to directly translate the most detailed technical data into a strategic framework that is understandable at the business level. We should also factor in the fact that board members are not stupid, and they can learn anything they need to that helps them make strategic decisions. Technology is taking over their lives just like ours, and with the entire world going through digital transformation, it has been amazing how easily they have picked up SaaS metrics as needed. csoonline.com

FBI Conducts Millions of Data Searches
Spy report: 3.4M warrantless searches of US data under FISA last year
The U.S. government disclosed that the FBI conducted as many as 3.4 million warrantless searches of U.S. citizens' data last year that the National Security Agency had collected. The data was collected and analyzed under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act's (FISA) Section 702, a law that dates to 1978 and that is set to expire at the end of next year.

The Friday disclosure of the large number of searches comes as Congress is negotiating consumer privacy legislation that reflects long-standing legislator concern about government surveillance and individual privacy. The 3.4 million searches are a large spike from the prior year, 1.3 million.

Section 702 of FISA has long been controversial since it allows law enforcement to incidentally spy on Americans when targeting non-U.S. persons. It has become more charged since Edward Snowden revealed the scope of the spying as part of his 2013 leaks. The report issued Friday is the latest annual release of what the Office of the Director of National Intelligence calls its Annual Statistical Transparency Report, a document it has published since the Snowden leaks spurred a public backlash to the data collection program.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly acknowledged the large number of searches during a Friday press briefing unveiling the report, officials also noted that close to 2 million of the approximately 3.4 million searches stemmed from an investigation of alleged Russian hackers and were part of an attempt to identify and protect victims as opposed to investigate American citizens. cyberscoop.com

Cybersecurity Tips for Retailers
As more people shop online, these are specific steps retailers can take to protect their sites from hackers
1. Complicated Passwords: This is one of the biggest mistakes people make online - passwords that are too basic. Using a longer password with a mix of letters, numbers and symbols adds a layer of protection.

2. Tougher Security Questions: This is another simple way to increase security, with questions that meet five key criteria, according to www.loginradius.com

Safe: Something hackers can't easily research or guess
Stable: Consistent answer
Memorable: Easy for user to remember
Simple: Precise, easy, and consistent
Many: Pick a question with many potential responses.

3. Multi-Factor Authentication: One of the simplest methods that provides security. Retailers should have several layers of authenticating for users when they sign in. Potential methods include codes, text or email verification. einnews.com

'Defending the Network Infrastructure of a Gaming Retailer'
University of Central Florida wins national cybersecurity competition
More than 1,500 competitors from 171 schools nationwide participated in the 17th annual NCCDC, held in San Antonio from April 21-23.

Organized by the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA, this year's NCCDC tasked competitors with managing, operating and defending the network infrastructure of a brick-and-mortar gaming retailer that has evolved into an online gaming provider while fending off a group of live Red Team hackers.

The competition also provided competitors access to cybersecurity professionals from Raytheon Technologies, CIAS, UTSA and more. This year, Raytheon Intelligence & Space appointed nearly three dozen employee volunteers to work closely with participating competitors to help secure their virtual networks and provide mentorship. securitymagazine.com

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2nd Amazon Union Attempt Fails
Amazon Labor Union fails to repeat victory at Staten Island Amazon warehouse

The fledgling union effort at Amazon was dealt a setback on Monday.

After a breakthrough election victory at Amazon, the Amazon Labor Union fell far short of winning enough votes to unionize a second warehouse on Staten Island in New York.

The vote was 618 votes against the union to 380 votes in favor. Roughly 1,600 workers were eligible to vote in the election, which was held in-person over four days last week. It's the second of four Amazon warehouses on Staten Island that organizers had set their sights on.

The tally comes as a disappointment to the Amazon Labor Union, an upstart group founded by former warehouse supervisor Chris Smalls and his co-worker Derrick Palmer, who still works inside the massive fulfillment center that voted in favor of the union last month with 55% percent of the votes. Some 8,300 workers are employed at that warehouse.

As today's vote count was underway, the Amazon Labor Union tweeted, "No matter the outcome of the election, workers are uniting for change at LDJ5, JFK8 & around the world," referring to the two warehouses on Staten Island that have voted so far.

The Amazon Labor Union has been calling for higher wages, longer breaks, and better health and safety policies. Last week, Amazon met one of the union's demands by making permanent a pandemic-era policy of allowing workers to keep their cell phones with them while they work. The company had indicated it planned to roll back the policy, which was intended to give workers a way to communicate with their families around personal emergencies.

Meanwhile, Amazon has continued its anti-union messaging to workers, arguing through so-called "captive audience" meetings that they'd be better off dealing directly with Amazon rather than through a union. The company is also aggressively seeking to overturn the results of the first Staten Island election. npr.org chainstoreage.com

How the E-Commerce Transaction Moment Can Be Leveraged by Brands
Retail therapy is real, and the dopamine rush that accompanies a purchase results in a powerful sense of achievement that leaves shoppers open to buying again. This transaction moment is when engagement, interest and buying intention are at their highest. It's when consumers are most likely to respond positively to additional interactions with brands, such as through relevant marketing messages. It's a key opportunity for brands to speak with consumers when they are in the best possible state of mind to receive messages. adage.com

Amazon Prime Day 2022 will take place in July







Update: Hartford, CT: Man Sentenced In Theft Ring That Stole Millions From CT Businesses
A New York man has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for his role in stealing millions of dollars in vehicles, phones, ATMs, and other merchandise from locations in Connecticut, New York, and elsewhere, according to federal prosecutors. Douglas Noble, 28, of New York, will also serve three years of supervised release. According to prosecutors, Noble was one of four men indicted in a theft ring that burglarized car dealerships, mobile phone stores, video game stores, and check cashing businesses, often burglarizing multiple locations in one night. They then transported the stolen property back to New York, often escaping from police in high-speed chases, according to prosecutors. The theft ring is suspected to have committed more than 180 burglaries and stolen $4 million in property from June 2020 to January 2021. patch.com

Update: New York, NY: 112 Rings Stolen in NYC Diamond District Distraction Theft
A three-person team recently stole more than 100 gold and diamond rings from a store in New York City's Diamond District, one in a line of recent distraction thefts believed to be the work of professionals. The Jewelers' Security Alliance said the theft happened around 3 p.m. on April 7 at a store on 47th Street. According to JSA, a woman and a man acted as lookouts, using umbrellas and a piece of cardboard to signal to each other and coordinate the theft. The woman is described as being between 40 and 50 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build, while the man is believed to be 30-40, 5 feet 9 inches tall with a slim build. The third member of the crew, a woman described as being 25 to 35 years old, was the one who went behind the counter, grabbing the stack of ring trays when a sales associate when into a back room, JSA said. They reportedly fled the scene by jumping on the New York City subway (F train line) at Rockefeller Center. According to NBC 4 New York, police believe the trio could be linked to other crimes targeting individuals, including robbing a man of his cell phone and cash at a Downtown Brooklyn convenience store. nationaljeweler.com

San Francisco, CA: Thieves caught on camera stuffing stolen goods in bags
at Walgreens
Video captured by a witness appears to show at least three masked thieves allegedly grabbing items off a shelf at a San Francisco-area Walgreens before running out of the store. The 41-second clip has gone viral online. It has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on various social media platforms. The video begins with a woman in a pink jacket grabbing items off a shelf and putting them in a bag. Another woman near her also appears to be grabbing items off the shelf. The two women then go to other parts of the store to allegedly grab more items. About 10 seconds in, the camera pans to show a baby in a stroller. The thieves appear to continue brazenly grabbing items off shelves as shoppers watch nearby. The two women run out of the store with large bags allegedly stuffed full of stolen goods. A man in a yellow hoodie runs out of the store behind them. foxnews.com

Memphis, TN: Multiple suspects wanted in smash-and-grab at Wolfchase Galleria
Multiple suspects are wanted for felony shoplifting after a smash and grab at Wolfchase Galleria. Memphis police posted a video on Facebook showing multiple men breaking into jewelry display cases inside JC Penny Saturday at 4:45 p.m. The men used hammers to smash the display cases and ran out of the store with several items, according to police. Call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH to report any information regarding this investigation. actionnews5.com

Dearborn Heights, MI: Suspects in custody for Target store robbery
Four suspects wanted for an April 30 unarmed robbery at the Dearborn Heights Target store, 26650 Ford Road, are in custody with a nearby police department for an unrelated crime. Dearborn Heights Police Chief Jerrod Hart said they anticipate having an opportunity to interview the suspects for the Target robbery soon. The chief said police officers were dispatched to the store at 5 p.m. last Saturday when a store security officer was assaulted after he tried to detain four men who were trying to conceal electronic merchandise for which they had not rendered payment. The victim, a 36-year-old man, was found bleeding profusely from head injuries. He was treated at an area hospital and has since been released. Based on eyewitness testimony and surveillance camera footage, the suspects could face charges of unarmed robbery. pressandguide.com

Rome, NY: Man accused of stealing more than $1,500 in merchandise at Marshalls
A 42-year-old man has been charged with felony grand larceny after the Rome Police Department said he spent several hours inside Marshalls swiping more than $1,000 worth of merchandise on Saturday. Police said Lynn J. Derrick, 42, of Rome, spent several hours inside Marshalls in Freedom Plaza on Saturday loading items inside a store backpack. Police said Derrick grabbed $1,525 worth of perfume, cologne, footwear, gift sets, stationary and other items. According to Rome Police, Derrick was previously charged on March 16 with shoplifting from Walgreens. romesentinel.com

Lincoln, NE: Teens stole over $10,000 worth of products from Vape store

Niles, IL: Woman impersonates Target employee, steals thousands of dollars in gift cards

Dearborn Heights, MI: Speedy shoplifter victimizes CVS Pharmacy

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Update: Grand Junction, CO: Man gets 48 years for convenience store clerk killing
Brachon Hyer was sentenced to 48 years in the Department of Corrections on Monday for the February, 2020, killing of 24-year-old convenience store clerk Jessica Strothman during a robbery. Hyer, who was 21 at the time of the crime, pleaded guilty in February 2021 to second- degree murder. He also pleaded guilty to introducing contraband to the Mesa County Jail, for which he was sentenced to four years and will be served consecutively with the 48 years. Judge Gretchen Larson accepted the plea agreement worked out by the attorneys. gjsentinel.com

Annapolis, MD: 7-Eleven store clerk indicted on attempted murder charges
An Annapolis convenience store clerk was indicted Friday on attempted murder charges alleging he fired a handgun at two men while working an early morning shift last month. Carlos Campos Jr., 22, of Annapolis is being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center pending trial in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. The charges stem from an incident April 2, when Annapolis police said they responded to a report of shots being fired at a 7-Eleven store on Taylor Avenue. No clerk was at the store when police arrived, a news release says. Charging papers say officers found shell casings in front of the store, and two customers who did not know where the clerk was. Police identified Campos through surveillance footage that showed him interacting with two men outside the store about 3 a.m., then briefly entering the business before leaving with a handgun, which he fired at the two men, according to charging papers. capitalgazette.com

Mansfield, OH: Police searching for suspect wanted for attempted murder at convenience store
The Mansfield Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding the man wanted for attempted murder in an incident that took place early Sunday. In a news release shared on its Facebook page, police say they responded to a call about a shooting at the Moto-Mart convenience store on West 4th Street just before 3 a.m. When officers arrived at the scene, they found 31-year-old Kenneth D. Norris shot in the head. Norris was taken to an area hospital for surgery. According to their preliminary investigation, Mansfield police believe the suspect in this case, identified as 29-year-old Michael Childress, approached Norris and an unknown female in the parking lot of the convenience store. Officers say Childress smacked the female across the face, then pistol-whipped Norris to the ground before shooting him in the head.  wkyc.com

Orlando, FL: Deputies ID woman arrested after shooting, standoff at McDonald's near Orlando
Sheriff's officials on Monday identified the woman accused of opening fire inside a McDonald's in Orange County over the weekend, prompting a shootout with deputies during a six-hour standoff. The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Shandricka Warren, 30, was arrested on a warrant for burglary in a structure with assault with a firearm. Other charges are pending, officials said. According to the sheriff's office, deputies were called to the McDonald's at 4640 S. Orange Blossom Trail and Warren opened fire from inside the restaurant, causing deputies to return fire from outside. Deputies said they attempted to negotiate a peaceful surrender. Deputies eventually took Warren into custody when she exited the restaurant at 4:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the sheriff's office. No one was injured. clickorlando.com

Gig Harbor, WA: Man shoots suspected shoplifter at Safeway store
Gig Harbor Police say a 70-year-old man was arrested after he shot a 40-year-old man who he thought was stealing from a grocery store. Police say they responded to a shooting at the Safeway on Point Fosdick Drive in Gig Harbor just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, the 70-year-old man identified himself as the shooter. Officers took a loaded 9mm handgun from the man. Witnesses told police that the 70-year-old confronted the 40-year-old as he was leaving the store with merchandise. The 70-year-old wrongly believed the 40-year-old was stealing and blocked the exit with his grocery cart and body. The two got into a fight and the 70-year-old reportedly pulled out his gun and fired two shots, hitting the 40-year-old in the neck. The other shot went through the glass door of the grocery. The 40-year-old was transported to St. Joseph Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and was released later that night. The 70-year-old was booked into Pierce County Jail on one count of assault. komonews.com

Chicago, IL: Robbery victims open fire on alleged thieves, unintentionally striking 2 near Chicago Theatre
Police released more information Monday after two unintended victims were struck by gunfire Sunday afternoon in the Loop in an alley next to the Chicago Theater. It all started after three men said they were robbed by three other men inside a taco restaurant in the 100-block of N Wabash Avenue just before 5:30 p.m., police said. The robbery victims then took out a firearm and began shooting at the alleged thieves. Two men were unintentionally wounded after caught in the crossfire, police said. abc7chicago.com

Alsip, IL: Man Accused In Gas Station Shooting Turns Self In
A south suburban man wanted for the shooting of a customer in November 2021 turned himself into Alsip police. William Snodey, 39, appeared Monday before Cook County Judge Linzie Jones on a charge of attempted murder. A no-bail warrant had been issued in December for Snodey, who sometimes uses the name "John Searcy," when police said Snodey shot a 22-year-old Mount Greenwood man at the Shell station at 117th Street and Pulaski Road. Witnesses told police that the young man had tried to intervene when Snodey became confrontational with a female customer, the prosecutor said.  patch.com

San Jose, CA: Jewelry Store Employee Opens Fire On Smash-And-Grab Robbers
A smash and grab robbery at a jewelry store in East San Jose ended in gunfire. It happened just before 6 p.m. on Monday, at Victoria's Jewelry located at Tully and King streets, according to San Jose police. Police said the suspects smashed the front window display cases and grabbed what they could. That's when a shop employee grabbed a gun and opened fire, adding at least 2 bullet holes to the already-shattered glass. The suspects fled in a getaway car. It's unclear if any of them were hurt. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Winston-Salem, NC: Armed Suspects drag store clerk through aisle during C-Store Robbery
Surveillance video released on Monday shows a Winston-Salem grocery store robbery that happened over the weekend. On Sunday, officers responded to Keh' Lani Groceries on Link Road when an alarm was activated. The store clerk told arriving officers that two suspects went into the business, one suspect had an "assault-style rifle," and the other suspect had a semi-automatic handgun. The suspects ordered the store clerk behind the counter where the store clerk was forced to take money out of the cash register. The suspects then left the grocery store with an unknown amount of money and left the area in a silver vehicle. The investigation is ongoing. myfox8.com

Bayonne, NJ: Man Arrested in Connection to January Robbery at Costco
An Elizabeth man was taken into custody on Friday after being identified as the actor of a robbery reported on January 26 at Costco, Captain Eric Amato announced. According to a statement, on January 26, at 2:05 p.m. officers responded to Costco on a report of two male suspects who fled Costco with shoplifted merchandise and struck an employee with their vehicle as they did. According to the loss prevention officer who witnessed the incident, after a female employee confronted the two male shoplifters loading stolen merchandise into their vehicle, she reached in to attempt to retrieve the items. tapinto.net

San Bernardino, CA: Furniture Stolen From Cargo Truck in Street Takeover
Police are asking for help to find the people who pulled a driver from a cargo truck and stole furniture from the trailer at a street takeover in San Bernardino. The takeover on April 24 was at 5th Street and Mount Vernon Avenue. In a tweet, San Bernardino police provided video of the takeover and identified a suspect as Victor Manuel Alanis, who is wanted for robbery. Video shows people unloading furniture and other items from the cargo truck's trailer and placing items in the bed of a pickup. nbcbayarea.com

Cheektowaga, NY: 4 juveniles arrested after allegedly stealing, leading police on a chase, crashing with multiple vehicles

San Antonio, TX: Man robbed Doughnut shop after complaining about mistake on order

Jacksonville, FL: KFC employee accused of taking pictures of customers' credit cards, using them

Newark, DE: Man sentenced to 5 years for theft of 35 Firearms



Janesville, WI: Kohl's reopens after store fire brought monthlong closure
There are lingering inventory gaps on the floor of the 90,000-square-foot department store, but Janesville's Kohl's store has reopened after an April 1 fire left the story temporary shuttered with a solid month of cleanup and inventory replacement. It was the first full day of the store being reopened to customers after police said three youths were arrested the first weekend of April on suspicion they'd purposely set fire to the bedding area at the rear of the department store. A judge on April 20 OK'd a competency evaluation for the 11-year-old. It was the third hearing for the child, who was arrested along with a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl after police tied the children to the fire during detectives' review of store security footage at the Kohl's. The 11-year-old is scheduled to appear again in court again in early June. gazettextra.com

Fort Wayne, IN Man set fire to charcoal bag inside Southgate Kroger
The Kroger at Southgate Plaza was evacuated Monday afternoon after fire officials said a man lit a bag of charcoal on fire in the store. The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. at the grocer on E. Pettit Ave. According to Capt. Adam O'Connor, a man came into the store and lit a bag of charcoal on fire on an end cap of an aisle. The small fire activated the store's sprinkler system, which O'Connor said kept the flames contained. Once firefighters arrived, they were able to extinguish the flames with a hose line, O'Connor said. The store was evacuated. O'Connor said the store sustained significant smoke and water damage. The culprit has not been caught. The incident was caught on the store's security system. wane.com



C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Jeannette, PA - Robbery
C-Store - Winston - Salem, NC - Armed Robbery
CVS - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Guns - Lancaster County, PA - Burglary
Jewelry - San Jose, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Austin, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - McDonough, GA - Robbery
Jewelry - Sunbury, OH - Robbery
Jewelry - Wichita, KS - Robbery
Jewelry - Tacoma, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Oklahoma City, OK - Robbery
Marijuana - Englewood, CO - Burglary
Pharmacy - Dearborn Heights, MI- Robbery
Restaurant - Orlando, FL - Burglary
Restaurant - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Chicago, Armed Robbery / Shooting (2 wounded)
Restaurant - Charlotte, NC - Robbery
Restaurant - West Point, GA - Armed Robbery
Tobacco - Colorado Springs, CO - Burglary
Vape - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
7-Eleven - Wheeling, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Round Rock, TX - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 20 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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