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David 'Bud' Rawson named Account Manager for Weiser Security Services Inc.

David 'Bud' Rawson will be covering the southern portion of Ft. Myers, Naples and Marco Island Florida. Bud has had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, retail loss prevention and now in the security realm. Weiser Security Services Inc. is very happy and pleased to welcome Bud to the Weiser family! Congratulations, Bud!

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Violence & Protests

Mass Shootings Back in the News

WSJ Article Worthy of C-Level Distribution

Recent Spate of Mass Shootings Is Among Worst in U.S. History
Five attacks, in which 39 were killed as U.S. re-opened from the pandemic, followed year that saw no such events

A string of mass shootings over the past three months as the U.S. re-opened from the pandemic was one of the worst on record, and law-enforcement officials are fearful of more to come.

There were five attacks in which four or more people were killed in public places from March through May, matching the highest three-month total going back to 1966, according to the Violence Project, a mass-shooting database run by two criminology professors.

For almost exactly a year, as Covid gripped the country, there were no shootings that killed four or more people in public places, according to the project. Then on March 16, a 21-year-old fatally shot eight people at spas in the Atlanta area. That attack was followed by mass shootings at a Colorado supermarket, a Southern California office building, an Indianapolis FedEx facility, and a San Jose, Calif., railyard. A total of 39 people were killed.

With five in the U.S. since January, 2021 has had more mass shootings through the first half of the year than each year since 2010, except for 2018.

Law-enforcement officials and threat-assessment professionals say possible factors behind the recent spate of mass shootings include the growth in public gatherings as the Covid-19 threat has eased, the stress of the pandemic on Americans' mental health and record sales of guns last year.

"We've got people that have been sitting around for over a year with nothing but time to plan; all they need is that point that pushes them over toward violence," said Mike Sena, director of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, a federal law-enforcement hub that identifies threats in the region and shares information with local law enforcement. "There's been people that have had a lot of angst, there's a lot of people who've been acquiring a lot of weapons."

Researchers theorize that some attackers are inspired by others, which could help explain clusters like the ones seen in recent months.

Authorities were able to stop one would-be mass shooter, arresting 28-year-old Coleman Thomas Blevins of Kerrville, Texas on May 28 after they intercepted a message that he was allegedly planning a mass shooting at a Wal-Mart. The Kerr County Sheriff described Mr. Blevins as having extremist ideologies, and posted a photo of items seized from his home that included a copy of the Turner Diaries, an influential novel for white nationalists. White nationalists have committed mass shootings in the past, including one at an El Paso Walmart in 2019 where 22 people died. A public defender representing Mr. Blevins declined to comment. wsj.com

FBI releases report looking at 20 years of active shooter incidents
In a study looking at 20 years of active shooter incidents in this country, the FBI found California had more incidents than any other state. The report comes out just a few days after a man opened fire at a Northern California rail yard, killing nine coworkers and then himself.

The agency looked at data from 333 incidents between 2000 and 2019. In those incidents, a total of 2,851 people died or were wounded, excluding the shooters.

Of the 345 shooters involved in the incidents, the FBI says 119 took their own life and 150 were arrested by police; other outcomes include the shooter(s) being killed by police, killed by a citizen or not arrested at this time.

About 29% of the incidents happened at businesses that are open to pedestrian traffic; this includes places like retail stores or strip malls, office buildings, restaurants, etc. About 15% of the incidents happened in open spaces and 13% happened at a K-12 school.

The report doesn't look into the motives or reasons for the shootings, rather, it charts where these incidents happened and how they ended thedenverchannel.com

FBI - Active Shooter Incidents 20-Year Review, 2000-2019

DOJ Press release on 'Operation Trojan Shield.'
A 5-Year Globally Coordinated Effort. The Biggest Global Effort Ever!

Global Organized Crime Crackdown - Probably the biggest takedown in history.
FBI's Encrypted Phone Platform Infiltrated Hundreds of Criminal Syndicates; Result is Massive Worldwide Takedown
SAN DIEGO - A wave of hundreds of arrests that began in Australia and stretched across Europe culminated today with the unsealing of a federal grand jury indictment in San Diego charging 17 foreign nationals with distributing thousands of encrypted communication devices to criminal syndicates.

The 500-plus arrests that took place during a worldwide two-day takedown were possible because of a San Diego-based investigation like no other. For the first time, the FBI operated its own encrypted device company, called "ANOM," which was promoted by criminal groups worldwide. These criminals sold more than 12,000 ANOM encrypted devices and services to more than 300 criminal syndicates operating in more than 100 countries, including Italian organized crime, Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, and various international drug trafficking organizations, according to court records.

During the course of the investigation, while ANOM's criminal users unknowingly promoted and communicated on a system operated lawfully by the FBI, agents catalogued more than 27 million messages between users around the world who had their criminal discussions reviewed, recorded, and translated by the FBI, until the platform was taken down yesterday.

During the last 24 to 48 hours, in addition to the more than 500 arrests around the world, authorities searched more than 700 locations deploying more than 9,000 law enforcement officers worldwide and seized multi-ton quantities of illicit drugs.

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Grand totals for the entire investigation include 800 arrests; and seizures of more than 8 tons of cocaine; 22 tons of marijuana; 2 tons of methamphetamine/amphetamine; six tons of precursor chemicals; 250 firearms; and more than $48 million in various worldwide currencies. Dozens of public corruption cases have been initiated over the course of the investigation. And, during the course of the investigation, more than 50 clandestine drug labs have been dismantled. One of the labs hit yesterday was one of the largest clandestine labs in German history.

"This was an unprecedented operation in terms of its massive scale, innovative strategy and technological and investigative achievement," said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. "Hardened encrypted devices usually provide an impenetrable shield against law enforcement surveillance and detection. The supreme irony here is that the very devices that these criminals were using to hide from law enforcement were actually beacons for law enforcement. We aim to shatter any confidence in the hardened encrypted device industry with our indictment and announcement that this platform was run by the FBI."

"Today marks the culmination of more than five years of innovative and complex investigative work strategically aimed to disrupt the encrypted communications space that caters to the criminal element,"

"Operation Trojan Shield is a perfect example of an OCDETF case - an investigation driven by intelligence and maximizing the strengths of partner law enforcement agencies in coordinated efforts to dismantle command and control elements of criminal networks." justice.gov

Editor's Note: In reading the various articles, press releases and videos, it became apparent that this case was driven by and led by the FBI, which was recognized by every agency and country involved globally. It was great to see our country's top law enforcement group being recognized and counted on for delivering the results on such a massive scale. It certainly speaks volumes about the professionalism, the abilities, and the agents of the FBI and makes you proud to be an American.

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Op Ed: Will Operation Trojan Shield Impact Retailers?
The Global Ripple Effect of Taking Down the Top Tier Organized Criminals Worldwide

Creating a Power Vacuum - Supply Chain Disruption - Prices Skyrocket - ORC Spikes - Increased Aggressiveness

By Gus Downing, Publisher & Editor, The D&D Daily

It won't to the point of being able to point to it and directly connect it. But it will have an impact.

With the vast majority of the leaders either locked up, waiting to be locked up, or hiding and wondering if they're next, the first impact will be product flow - the supply chain disruption. Because it could come to a screeching halt, or at least slow down significantly. After all - all eyes worldwide are on what the leaders are going to do next. And every agent on the planet will be looking to see what kind of impact this historical bust is going to have.

With the amount of money involved and demand probably going to skyrocket - there will be new leaders to take their place rather quickly. And therein lies the second impact.

With the supply chain disrupted and slow and demand high - prices will skyrocket and demand will follow the same path. Meaning, the street level dealer and user will need more money for smaller quantities. Stressing the entire process and pushing them to do more for less. And consequently driving ORC incidents up across North America and possibly worldwide.

With law enforcement officers nationwide quoting that 70% of addicts fund their habits through ORC, the increase could be significant. Our guess would be a 20% to 30% increase in ORC.

And with the #1 location for drug deals being retail parking lots, as documented by the DEA - who quoted over 40% of their surveillance activities occur in retail parking lots, this brings these high stressed transactions right into retail's front yard. With the increased stress and anxiety right now, given the heated climate and risk, the increased risk of violence is significant.

If anything, this fantastic effort, in this writer's opinion, will cause a very short and temporary slowdown in ORC and then it will spike as the higher prices take effect and as the new leaders fight among themselves to determine who the new leaders will end up being. Power struggles happening worldwide. As there will be blood as a result of this case.

Dozens will die if not a few hundred. Whether it be from murdering snitches trying to get the best deal they can. To rival competitors fighting for control and market share. And no one will be reporting on this. As it just goes along with the process.

The bottom line though is that retailers may not see it, but they certainly will feel it - with a spike in ORC, an increase in aggressive behavior in the stores, and possibly some shootouts in the parking lots. With the increased violence we're all seeing across the country, I wouldn't be surprised to see a number of shootouts in the parking lots over drug deals and maybe drug busts. Hope I'm wrong. But it does fit. Just my thoughts. -Gus Downing

As NYC Opens - So Does Grand Larceny
Grand larcenies on the rebound 37% as NYC opens back up
Grand larcenies have surged across the city over the past four weeks, with potential victims once again packing restaurants, bars, stores and public transit, according to NYPD statistics and police sources.

Cops citywide fielded 2,683 complaints for grand larceny - thefts in which the proceeds exceed $1,000 - during the 28-day period ending Sunday, department figures show.

That marks a 36.9 percent spike from the 1,960 such calls taken during the same stretch in 2020, when much of New York was locked down amid the public-health crisis - driving the city's grand larceny numbers to a low not seen in decades.

The department tallied 35,505 grand larcenies in all of 2020, the lowest yearly total of the 21st century by a margin of more than 2,300, department stats show.

Burglaries also soared during the lockdown - with 15,478 reported in 2020, the most for a single year since 2014.

Both sources (two NYC cops) also said that many alleged thieves are repeat offenders cut loose to steal again thanks to bail-reform laws, which only allow for bail in first-degree grand larceny cases with proceeds exceeding $1 million. nypost.com

Here's a New Twist - Clean Up the Streets or We Won't Pay Our City Taxes
Progressive - Baltimore State's Attorney Publicly Stated She Won't Prosecute a Host of Crimes Earlier This Year

MD., Fells Point, Baltimore City businesses threaten to withhold taxes if Baltimore does not address crime, drug dealing and other issues
More than 30 business and restaurant owners in Fells Point are threatening to withhold taxes if city leaders do not address crime, trash and other issues they say are plaguing the waterfront neighborhood.

The group sent a letter to Baltimore officials Tuesday - two days after three people were shot in the neighborhood early Sunday morning - complaining about blatant drug sales, public drinking and other problems they say are happening in plain sight while police are handcuffed from enforcing the law.

The letter bemoans a "culture of lawlessness" that allows the " the kinds of violence and tragedy we witnessed late (over the weekend)."

The letter is a sharp response not only to the violence of the weekend, but also to the policies of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who earlier this year announced that she will no longer prosecute a host of crimes, including drug possession, public drinking and urination and trespassing, among others. It was addressed to Mayor Brandon Scott, Council President Nick Mosby, Councilman Zeke Cohen, Marilyn Mosby and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison.

"These are not concealed, clandestine operations by sophisticated gangs with suppliers and lookouts. These are brazen individuals who conduct their business in plain sight because they know Baltimore City will do nothing to prevent or punish them", the letter read. "This hurts the family fabric and tourist value of the community."

The business owners say they intend to withhold taxes, minor privilege and permit fees, and place those funds into an escrow account, which will not be released "until and unless basic and essential municipal services are restored."

"We have struggled through a global pandemic, enduring restaurant shutdowns and mask mandates. For months, we have been holding on by a thread, waiting for daybreak, worrying whether we will make it or if we will be the next business to shutter our doors for good," the letter stated. baltimoresun.com

Minneapolis Protests Just Keep Happening
Protest leaders say it's important for Uptown to understand that police accountability is their problem
Scrutiny over Winston Smith's killing comes as Uptown reels from a rash of business closures, lootings and crime - and the scars of a mass shooting last summer that killed one and injured 11.

It's happening too much," Derrick, a 30-year-old medical writer, said of police killings. "We're becoming desensitized."

He believed that the group on W. Lake Street had every right to be there. But he noted that some residents at the Walkway Apartments, which advertises "posh Uptown living," "are scared. Some people are just plain sick of it, to have that noise [outside] their window." startribune.com

Baltimore officials pass budget with $555 million in police spending without amendments & intact - with no opposition


Retail Abuse & Violence in the UK

Store Abuse & Violence Toward Store Associates Skyrockets During COVID-19

Tesco CEO: Current Store Abuse & Violence Toward Associates is Unacceptable - Up 43% Since '19

Employees Deserve & Need Protection - Pass the New Amendment For More Protections

UK Retailer: Tesco calls for legislation to protect staff from "abuse, threats & violence"

Almost 7,000 incidents of abuse towards Tesco staff was reported in past 3 months

Tesco has joined the call for legislation to protect shop workers against increased incidents of "abuse, threats and violence".

On Monday, parliament talked through the issue after a petition submitted by Usdaw (retail union) received more than 100,000 signatories.

Tesco UK chief executive Jason Tarry said it was important that ministers followed Scotland in passing new laws.

"Every day our colleagues, along with hundreds of other retail workers, face abuse, threats of violence and are even assaulted, simply for doing their jobs," he said.

"This is not acceptable. Our stores should be safe places to work and shop."

In the past three months, almost 7000 incidents of abuse towards Tesco colleagues had been reported, marking a rise of 27 per cent from the same period in 2020 and a 43 per cent increase from 2019.

"Crucially, in the weeks ahead, members of parliament will be debating an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which would mean Tesco store colleagues, along with all retail workers, would be protected from this violence and abuse.

Tesco has invested in body-worn cameras for some of its shop floor and security staff in the last year, as well as installing safety screens in the most vulnerable convenience stores and 24-hour petrol station kiosks.

It is also running trials of headsets in large stores after they were rolled out in c-stores. retailgazette.co.uk

Survey of 12,000 Retail Associates by Home Affairs Committee
UK: 2/3 shopworkers who report incidents say no help was provided
Two-thirds of shopworkers who reported incidents of abuse or violence have suggested that no help was given to them after receiving an initial response from their employer or the police, according to a report.

In fact a survey of 12,000 retail staff - published by the Home Affairs Committee - found that only one in five shopworkers who reported incidents were satisfied with how the police or their employer responded.

Most respondents said they had witnessed and experienced verbal or physical abuse at work. Half of those surveyed reported incidents to the police, of which only 12 per cent led to an arrest.

Meanwhile a third did not report incidents to their employer because they believed nothing would be done or it was "just part of the job".

The findings were published ahead of a Westminster debate today on protection for retail workers after a petition by the shopworkers union Usdaw was signed by more than 100,000 people.

Yvette Cooper, who chairs the Home Affairs Committee, said: "During the Covid crisis, we've seen an appalling and unacceptable increase in reported attacks and abuse against shop workers.

"No-one should feel unsafe at their place of work and there are no circumstances where such behaviour should be tolerated.

"The sheer number of responses we have received shows just how widespread this problem is. retailgazette.co.uk

COVID Update

303.9M Vaccinations Given

US: 34.2M Cases - 613K Dead - 28.2M Recovered
Worldwide: 174.8M Cases - 3.7M Dead - 158.2M Recovered

Former Senior Loss Prevention Executive
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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 279   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 305
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Warning Signs as New Variant Spreads
Fauci says U.S. must vaccinate more people before Delta becomes dominant Covid variant in America
U.S. health officials are scrambling to get more Americans vaccinated to keep the Delta variant, first identified in India, from proliferating across the United States.

The variant has become the dominant strain in the U.K., accounting for an estimated 60% of new cases. It's now more prevalent than the Alpha strain, formerly called the B.1.1.7 strain, which was first identified in the U.K., and transmission is peaking in people between the ages of 12 and 20, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said at a press briefing Tuesday.

In the U.S., the Delta variant accounts for more than 6% of cases scientists have been able to sequence, he said. The actual number is likely higher, as the U.S. is running the genetic sequence on a fraction of cases.

Fauci also said that the Delta variant is more contagious and may be associated with a higher risk of hospitalization than the original "wild type" Covid-19 strain.

Studies also show that two doses of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca shots are effective against the Delta strain, according to the National Institutes of Health. cnbc.com

COVID Brain Fog - Yes It's True

Tired? Lack motivation? Pandemic brain fog might be to blame
The phenomenon is affecting those who have had COVID-19 as well as those who haven't.

The phenomenon - which is affecting those who have had COVID as well as those who haven't - is attracting attention from academics, medical researchers and mental health professionals who are trying to understand exactly what brain fog is and whether it will fade as fast as toilet paper shortages or prove to be more persistent.

Articles that analyze brain fog as part of the cognitive changes connected to COVID-19 are popping up in scientific journals.

Psychology professor Richard Lee was in the midst of a longitudinal study on mental health in students, staff and faculty at the university. In April 2020, he and his colleagues shifted to tracking well-being during the pandemic, adding questions specifically about mental acuity. Up to 20% of respondents reported a drop in clarity of thinking.

"They self-report about having a harder time focusing, communicating, concentrating and staying motivated," he said about study participants. "They talk about a lack of enthusiasm, trudging through the day. COVID brain fog is just starting to be documented in the literature, but it's a real thing."

"Symptoms of forgetfulness and a slowdown in thought-processing speed have huge implications for students, but this is also a factor in the workforce of the knowledge economy," he said.

"With brain fog, there could be more errors or difficulties getting things done on time. Employers may have to adjust performance standards. They will have to consider whether to be gracious or to penalize people who can't hold to the same standards as before." startribune.com

Fines & Detention for Not Obeying COVID Measures
In China's new Covid hotspot, police detain those who violate virus prevention measures
Police in Guangzhou detained people who have fallen foul of Covid prevention laws, as the southern Chinese city deals with an outbreak of the Delta variant first identified in India.

Authorities in the city of over 15 million people have moved swiftly to introduce mass testing and lockdown local areas since detecting the first local case of the Delta variant in China on May 21 in Guangzhou.

Chen Bin, the deputy director of the Guangzhou Municipal Health Commission, said on Tuesday that if people do not cooperate with the city's attempts to to stamp out the virus, they could face "legal liability" including fines and detention.

Violations of laws include not wearing masks in public places, not co-operating when asked to take a coronavirus test, not complying when a person has been asked to isolate and quarantine and spreading false information. cnbc.com

Washington state kicks off 'Joints for Jabs' to promote COVID-19 vaccinations
Adults can claim a complimentary joint of marijuana in Washington state this week when they receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board announced Monday that the promotion, called "Joints for Jabs," was effective immediately and would run through July 12. During the afforded time period, state-licensed cannabis retailers are permitted to give one free pre-rolled joint to customers who are 21 or older when they receive their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at an active, on-site vaccination clinic. Customers can only claim the complimentary joint from the retail location during the same visit as receiving the jab, according to the board. abcnews.go.com

Best Buy Vaccine Sweepstakes - $5,000 each for 21 employees
Best Buy employs about 100,000 people. Twenty winners will be chosen from its field employees and one winner will be selected from its corporate offices based in Richfield. Employees have until July 22 to get fully vaccinated and enter the drawing. Workers who are already vaccinated can enter as well. startribune.com

COVID-19 cases plunge in Michigan: 'This 3rd surge ... is now officially over'

Lawsuit Claims Walgreens Was Negligent in Security Guard Hiring & Training
Hollywood, CA: Walgreens Lawsuit Over Fatal Shooting by Security Guard Allowed To Proceed
The victim's family says a security guard falsely accused a 20-year-old Black man of shoplifting before fatally shooting him at a Walgreens.

The lawsuit was filed in April 2019, accusing negligence, assault and battery and violation of civil rights by Hart and the estate of her late brother, Jonathan Hart.

"This lawsuit concerns the despicable conduct of Walgreens, whose executive board placed Walgreens' interests in maximizing the corporation's profits above the safety of innocent consumers shopping at their stores," The suit also says Walgreens was negligent in the screening, hiring and training of security guards.

Jonathan Hart was fatally shot by Ciota around 8 p.m. on December 2, 2018, while attempting to leave the Walgreens at Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard after being falsely accused of shoplifting.

The lawsuit says Hart was targeted because he was Black and gay. On the night of the shooting, Hart and his friends complained to a cashier that Ciota was harassing them around the store despite the fact that they had done nothing wrong, but no actions were taken.

According to the complaint, Ciota then pulled his gun and fatally shot Hart in the neck while he was running away. The suit also says it took several minutes for the security guard and other employees to call for help, while Hart was later pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Walgreens released a statement after the first suit by Hart's mother was filed, saying, "As we have stated from the beginning, we immediately terminated the security company that employed the guard involved in this tragic incident. We are fully committed to providing a safe environment for our employees and customers in the communities we serve. Any suggestion of racial profiling or discrimination is simply false and contrary to our deep commitment to inclusive diversity." patch.com

UK Government announces new watchdog to protect workers' rights
The UK Government has announced it will create a new watchdog to protect the rights of workers and clamp down on workplace abuse across all industries, including retail.

Responsibility for tackling modern slavery, enforcing the minimum wage and protecting agency workers, which are currently spread across three different bodies, will all be brought under one roof.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said this approach would help improve enforcement through better co-ordination and pooling intelligence.

The body will provide a port of call for workers so they know their rights and can whistleblow on bad behaviour, while providing guidance to businesses on their obligations to staff.

Current plans will see the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate and HMRC's National Minimum Wage Enforcement combined to create a single enforcement body.

BEIS said the government would also explore further measures to target abuses in the garment sector amid scrutiny of the industry following revelations about the conditions for workers. retailgazette.com

EU Gets Their Own DOJ
Europe Has a New Cop on the White-Collar Crime Beat
The European Public Prosecutor's Office, launched last week, will investigate crimes involving EU funds, including Covid-19 relief programs

The European Union's newest law-enforcement agency is facing a number of challenges out of the gate, including watching how billions in Covid-19 relief funds are spent and dealing with resistance to expanded EU powers from some member states.

The European Public Prosecutor's Office, launched last week, will investigate and prosecute crimes involving EU funds and taxes. Even in normal times, that would prove a daunting task. But today, the agency's antifraud mandate also includes the 750 billion euros, equivalent to $913 billion, that the EU has earmarked to help member countries recover from the pandemic.

Led by an anticorruption prosecutor from Romania, the EPPO is operating in uncharted territory. Without a criminal code of its own to enforce, it will have to navigate the disparate laws and judicial systems of its members to bring cases.

"There is no precedent for a European public prosecutor office, and our job is to make it work," Laura Codruta Kövesi, who will lead the agency as the European chief prosecutor, said at a press conference last week. "It is not easy to find solutions for 22 different judicial systems. There are many challenges ahead of us."

The agency, housed in Luxembourg, will be staffed by prosecutors delegated from their member countries who will conduct investigations on the ground in the countries where they reside. Besides bringing criminal charges against individuals in their home country or another EU member state, the EPPO also will have the ability to seize assets and conduct searches. wsj.com

American Frozen Food Institute Expands Food Safety Zone
The American Frozen Food Institute has expanded its Food Safety Zone to include a new Enteric Viruses Control Program aimed at preventing and controlling Norovirus and Hepatitis A throughout the global frozen fruit supply chain. Created for the international community of food safety professionals, the EVCP is a free, interactive, online tool with downloadable resources for ease of incorporating into a company's food safety plan.

The best practices that encompass the EVCP are focused on six key areas from the farm to the facility to ensure the safety of the global berry supply chain: theshelbyreport.com

Retail Sales to Now Exceed $4.44 Trillion in 2021, as NRF Revises Annual Forecast
The National Retail Federation today issued its revised annual forecast for 2021, anticipating that retail sales will now grow between 10.5 percent and 13.5 percent to more than $4.44 trillion this year as the economy accelerates its pace of recovery. The announcement was made during NRF's inaugural State of Retail and the Consumer event. A recording of the announcement is available here.

NRF now forecasts that 2021 retail sales are estimated to total between $4.44 trillion to $4.56 trillion. Non-store and online sales, which are included in the total figure, are expected to grow between 18 percent and 23 percent to a range of $1.09 trillion to $1.13 trillion as consumers continue to utilize ecommerce. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.

The updated figure compares with $4.02 trillion in total retail sales in 2020. Of that, $920 billion was from purchases made through non-store and online channels.

In addition, NRF now projects full-year GDP growth to approach 7 percent, compared with the 4.4 percent and 5 percent forecasted earlier this year. Pre-pandemic levels of output are expected to return this quarter. nrf.com

Cross Functional Teams Communications & Coordination
Employers shouldn't expect a seamless transition to hybrid work
The transition will require significant planning and communication from managers, Barrero said. In terms of implementation, hybrid work will be more demanding than the widespread remote work of the pandemic. "It requires so much more coordination and so much more forethought," he said.

As employers run into the challenges of hybrid work, they may be tempted to nix the arrangement. "It's going to be a lot easier for companies to say, 'We tried hybrid for a month and it didn't work, so everyone come back to the office,'" Barrero said. But that response could deal a serious blow to worker morale.

Instead, employers may want to take a more adaptable and experimental approach. If the first set of rules around hybrid fails, employers can plan to adjust.

As employers tinker with their plans, they'll need to lean heavily on communication and transparency. And managers, the role models, will have to stick to the rules, whatever they may be. hrdive.com

Wage War Impact
Chipotle has hiked prices across its menu by about 4% as wages and ingredients get more expensive
Chipotle raised the prices on its menu by about 4% last week. A spokesperson told Insider the price hike is designed to help offset a wage increase that Chipotle has begun offering its workers. The higher prices mean the average chipotle meal will cost about 30 to 40 cents more.

Last month, the chain said it would raise its hourly wages to an average of $15 per hour by the end of June. At the time, Chipotle CFO Jack Hartung warned the company would have to increase prices to offset the higher pay.

"We think everybody in the restaurant industry is going to have to pass those costs along to the customer," Hartung said during the company's quarterly earnings meeting in April. "We think we're in a much, much better position to do that, than other companies out there." businessinsider.com

As offices consider hybrid work, can warehouses operate remotely too?
Technologies such as RFID let managers glean insights off site, while operators steer and monitor forklifts from afar.

Driven by the proliferation of RFID tags and, in the future, blockchain, warehouses may not need as many people physically present in the facility anymore, even if the warehouses do not become fully autonomous.

Supply chain and operations managers can gather data and insights, often in real time, about a warehouse even if they're not at the site. And advancing technology may allow some ground operations within the warehouse or at the loading dock to work remotely, too. supplychaindive.com

Best Buy closed Thanksgiving Day

Gap to close 19 UK stores

Five Below to open 170 to 180 new stores in 2021

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On-Demand Webinar from Protos Security

What's in Store for Loss Prevention?

Protos Security, in partnership with The Loss Prevention Foundation, Axis Communications and ThinkLP, recently hosted a webinar on the future of loss prevention. The webinar is now available to watch on-demand.

Loss prevention experts Chris Copenhaver, Patrick Henderson, Rhett Asher and Hedgie Bartol share some friendly banter along with their predictions as we look at the future of the loss prevention industry.

We've seen technological advances ripple through many industries, and even more rapidly within internet-based organizations. Although loss prevention can be slower to modernize (we certainly have more reasons to be cautious), the changes that have impacted other industries are heading our way, leaving loss prevention uniquely positioned to be infinitely more prepared.

What should we be doing now to keep up with trends in loss prevention technology? How do we balance the limitless potential for increased efficiency with the risks of getting caught up in the excitement of new technology?

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Upcoming RH-ISAC Events

June 10 - EX-RH2021: First Industry-Wide Cybersecurity Exercise

June 15 - RiskRecon: Deconstructing Supply Chain Risk

June 16 - Building an Effective Security Champions Program

June 17 - RH-ISAC Virtual Regional Workshop Hosted by Canadian Tire

June 21 - Fireside Chat With Deb Dixson: Roadmap to Maturity

June 23 -CISO Roundtable Discussion: Supply Chain & Operational Risk

June 24 - Getting Ahead of Holiday Shopping Season Security Threats

June 24 - A Panel Discussion on Targeted Threat Intelligence

Sept. 28-29 - 2021 RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit

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Hear From the Author of Verizon's DBIR
Verizon Breach Report: Ransomware, Phishing and Top Trends - Video 15:10 minutes
Verizon's Chris Novak (Threat Research Director) Discusses Highlights From 2021 Breach Investigations Report

Ransomware attacks have evolved over the years as attackers have come out with new strategies for digital extortion, says Chris Novak, global director of the Threat Research Advisory Center at Verizon Business Group.

"We are now starting to see third-party extortion. This is where they [hackers] hold your system hostage, steal your data, not only ask you to pay ransom but go through your data and ask your vendors/partners also to pay ransom," says Novak.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Novak provides insights for the global market on the new Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report. He discusses:

Highlights of the data breach investigations report;
New trends in ransomware;
How the threat landscape will likely evolve in 2022.

Novak is a co-founder and the global director of the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of incident response and computer forensics and has been involved with information security for more than 15 years. Novak has assisted corporations, government agencies and attorneys with all matters involving computer forensics, fraud investigations and crisis management. govinfosecurity.com

Using Artificial Intelligence to Mitigate Risk

Smarter Than You Think: AI's Impact on Workplace Safety

Artificial intelligence can play a powerful role in mitigating risk if you properly collect the right data.

Let's look at how artificial intelligence can be applied to a company's safety initiatives, how to provide the data necessary for delivering meaningful results with an AI assistant and how to get the answers you need from an AI assistant.

Applying AI Assistants to Safety

When we think of AI as applied to digital assistants, a more suitable description is cognitive computing. This means training computers how to learn, reason, communicate and make decisions all on their own. Cognitive engines are trained rather than programmed, allowing them to learn how to complete tasks traditionally performed by people. This is important because it means that safety managers do not need to be data scientists to obtain meaningful insights; the AI assistants will learn from managers and improve their responses over time.

Collecting Usable Data

We've found that in as little as four weeks, safety managers and directors who start collecting data digitally are able to gain important insights from their safety programs. It is then possible to go back and normalize those historical records most likely to enrich AI-driven analysis.

Once data has been normalized or cleaned, it can be used in a meaningful way. We can even use human intelligence to gain insights into safety. These insights, in turn, can be employed to create a business case to the company's financial executives for investing in AI.

Training an AI Assistant

AI assistants are cognitive engines that train themselves over time. However, once the AI functionality is in place, safety managers will still have to assist with that training. It's similar to training a new human assistant; the only difference is that you may need to communicate using a specific set of interactions that it can recognize. ehstoday.com

The Press Will be Watching: Just like Posting Local Mall Shoplifters - Wow
Texas Passes Bill Establishing "Wall of Shame" for Data Breaches
On May 31, 2021, the Texas Legislature approved House Bill 3746, which seeks to amend the Texas Business and Commerce Code § 521.053 relating to certain notifications required following a breach of security of computerized data. Notably, the bill directs the Texas attorney general to post on its website a public listing of received data security breach notifications (for any breach involving at least 250 Texas residents) and then update the listing on a monthly basis. jdsupra.com

NIST Releases Tips & Tactics for Control System Cybersecurity
The impact of cybersecurity breaches on infrastructure control system owners/operators is more visible than ever before. Whether you work for an infrastructure owner/operator or are a consumer of an infrastructure service, the events of the past few months have made it clear that cybersecurity is an important factor in ensuring the safe and reliable delivery of goods and services. For infrastructure control system owners/operators, it can be challenging to address the range of cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities and risks that can negatively impact their operations, especially with limited resources.

NIST has developed an infographic, Tips and Tactics for Control Systems Cybersecurity, with quick steps control system owners/operators can take now to get started or refreshed on their cybersecurity journey and to help manage their control system cybersecurity risks. We also coordinated with the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to find out what resources they may recommend and included them below for you as well. nist.gov





Violence & Crime

'Blueprint' to Curb Violence in Canada

Canada vows 'transformative change' to address violence against indigenous women
Ottawa unveiled a blueprint Thursday to address violence, racism and disproportionately higher deaths of indigenous women in Canada, vowing "transformative change" two years after a public inquiry labeled their killings a genocide.

The Can$2.2 billion (US$1.8 billion) action plan is a response to the 2019 National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls that found they were 12 times more likely to experience violence and seven times more likely to be killed than other women in Canada.

It comes also one week after the grim discovery of unmarked graves of 215 children at an indigenous residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.

The measures -- including increased spending on indigenous culture and health, giving communities more control over social services and the creation of a task force to investigate unsolved murders -- will drive "transformative change necessary to end this national tragedy," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference. france24.com

Planned, Targeted Attack
A driver slams into a Muslim family, killing four people, in what Canadian police say was a hate crime
A family of five was waiting at an intersection in the Canadian city of London when a driver intentionally mounted the curb and struck them, killing four, because of their Islamic faith, officials said Monday.

"There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate. It is believed that these victims were targeted because they were Muslim," said Detective Superintendent Paul Waight of the London Police. "There is no known previous connection between the suspect and the victims."

A 74-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday night and the other four family members -- a 46-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman, a 15-year-old girl, and a nine-year-old boy -- were transported to the hospital by paramedic services.

Veltman has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. According to Waight, London Police are also working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on potential terrorism charges against Veltman. It is unclear if Veltman has obtained an attorney. cnn.com

BC's Gang Violence Scourge Continues
Vancouver man killed in another targeted shooting
Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer held a press conference on May 17, during which he acknowledged the uptick in gang-related violence, adding how he did not expect it to stop anytime soon.

To the surprise of no one, Palmer was correct. The violence carried on with the most recent public shooting taking place on Friday. Alvis Anjesh Singh, 44, was found fatally wounded inside his vehicle across from River Front Park, near his Southeast Vancouver home.

This is the eighth homicide of the year falling within the city of Vancouver's jurisdiction.

Vancouver Police have stated this was a targeted incident, and while they have not officially confirmed whether or not it is part of "the current gang conflict," VPD did allude to Singh was known to them.

COVID Update

Retailers Urge Leaders to Reopen Ontario
Ontario Premier Doug Ford Urged to Open Ontario Retail and Restaurants Immediately as Covid Cases Come Down at a Critical Time
In an open letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is urging the provincial government to immediately begin reopening the economy to save thousands of businesses from being forced to shutter their doors permanently.

"Tomorrow is supposed to be the day that our retailers, our restaurant patios, our gyms and our hair salons finally reopen their doors after two long months of province-wide lockdown. Instead, Ontario's reopening plan has them remaining closed for at least another two weeks, and many for much longer," said the national organization representing 95,000 small and medium sized businesses, including 38,000 in Ontario.

"Meanwhile, COVID cases continue a strong downward trend, and estimates show vaccinations have already hit the first-dose threshold for Step 2. Only 42 per cent of Ontario's small businesses are fully open and only 37 per cent are fully staffed. A mere 27 per cent are at normal revenue levels. All these indicators lag CFIB's national average and are among the worst in the country, ahead of only Nova Scotia. The situation is dire, and the cost of not moving sooner will be immense."

The organization said restaurants in Toronto have been closed to indoor dining for 367 days across the various provincial lockdowns, shutdowns, and emergency breaks. An entire year's worth of business has been lost and the industry is looking - at minimum - at another 67 days of being closed to indoor dining under the current plan.

James Rilett, Vice-President, Central Canada, for Restaurants Canada, said the organization remains very frustrated because the province has been shut down for so long. retail-insider.com

Steep Fines for Going Maskless
Flouting Calgary's mandatory mask bylaw will now get you a $500 ticket

Council will have another conversation about what to do with the city's face covering rules later this month. But for now, the steeper penalties are officially in place

The fine for failing to wear a mask in a place where Calgary's bylaw requires one is now $500. In early May, frustration around enforcement of health restrictions was running high as Alberta was at the peak of the third wave, with more than 25,000 active coronavirus infections.

Now, daily cases are declining rapidly and the province is proceeding through its three-step reopening plan. If vaccination targets are hit as the government expects, the province-wide mask mandate could be removed as early as late June, and Calgary's bylaw would likely follow suit.

Council will have another conversation about what to do with the city's face covering rules later this month. But for now, the steeper penalties are officially in place. calgaryherald.com

The Pandemic Effect
Condos lobbies are getting buried under mountains of home deliveries

Package delivery has more than doubled during the pandemic. For condo operators, that's presenting obstacles, and opportunities

Sean Paramalingam works as a concierge at several residential buildings in the GTA and has watched parcel volume skyrocket over the past 15 months. At the 450-unit Epic on Triangle Park near Queen and Dufferin streets, Paramalingam went from receiving about 100 packages a day pre-pandemic to as many as 250 now.

"That's a full-time job right there," says Paramalingam. "Few people realize just how much things have changed."

Lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and mandatory store closures have led to a colossal boom in package delivery. Pretty much anything you once bought in a store can now be delivered to your door, from exercise bikes to ice cream sandwiches. According to Statistics Canada, retail e-commerce increased by 69 percent year over year in December 2020. nationalpost.com

Attracting Chinese Tourists to Canada Post-Pandemic Critical for Retail Growth

Alert for Online Shoppers in Canada
Buyer beware: Little recourse for online shoppers stuck with counterfeit goods

PayPal's purchase protection little help when it comes to bogus items, buyers say

Sean Ralph thought he'd found a great deal when he spotted a portable camp chair for $30 US on his Facebook feed in March. The avid mountain biker from Ottawa said he particularly liked the innovative look of the chair's rocking mechanism, perfect for post-ride relaxation.

Ralph, 51, said the ad looked "respectable" enough - the website appeared to be based in North America and the purchase would be protected by PayPal - so he decided to go ahead with the purchase.

A month and a half later, Ralph received a notification that his chair had arrived in the community mailbox of his suburban neighbourhood. The chair turned out to be just 28 centimetres tall, a flimsy folding footstool at best. After some back and forth correspondence with the seller, Ralph now feels cheated and is calling on PayPal to do more to protect its customers.

Online shoppers say a loophole in the PayPal system has allowed vendors to exploit unsuspecting buyers with a bait-and-switch scheme involving the delivery of low-quality or counterfeit merchandise. cbc.ca

Top 10 Under 40: Blair Davenport, executive vice-president, Paladin Security
Canadian Security Top 10 Under 40 winner Blair Davenport offers advice for young people looking to break into professional security as a career: choose an employer who will support you in your development and be open to new experiences. canadiansecuritymag.com

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$46,000 Robbery Spree - C-Stores & Gas Stations Targeted
Winnipeg, MB: Man facing charges for 15 armed robberies and other offences after four-month crime spree
Winnipeg police have arrested and detained a 27-year-old man in custody for a series of armed robberies between March and June 2021.

The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) major crimes unit first began investigating the armed robberies after an incident on Mar. 9, when gas was stolen from a gas bar in the 1000 block of Keewatin Street. Later that evening, the man believed to be the same suspect returned and stole money and cigarettes at knifepoint.

On Mar. 13, a man armed with a knife robbed a gas bar in the 3300 block of Portage Avenue, taking money from the till, cigarettes, and the employee's personal vehicle. On the same day, a convenience store in the 500 block of Osborne Street was robbed by a man with a knife.

Police estimate the total value of merchandise and cash stolen to be around $46,000. Investigators believe the same man was responsible for 15 robberies. chvnradio.com

Windsor police arrest convenience store robbery suspect

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Consumers Feel Unsafe Making Purchases Via Social Media
Study: Consumers Warm to Social Commerce, But Payment Mistrust
Could Hamper Growth
Isolation was a defining characteristic of 2020: with stores, workplaces, restaurants, gyms and travel hubs closed, people around the world turned to one of the few remaining channels available for community and connection - social media. The increase in social media usage, combined with a tandem increase in online purchasing, proved to be the push both consumers and brands needed to move into the burgeoning realm of social commerce.

Increasingly though, consumers are making that switch: nearly half (48%) of all social media users surveyed by CouponFollow said they had made at least one purchase through social media last year. However, consumer shopping patterns on social still have some key differences with other commerce channels, so brands and retailers must plot out their social presence carefully, particularly when it comes to the actual purchase:

43% of consumers said they don't trust social media platforms to manage the payment process

While social shopping is still relatively nascent in the U.S., the propensity of consumers who do shop on social to do so repeatedly is a signal of the channel's strength;

Friends and influencers carry sway, but the content most likely to inspire purchases comes from brands themselves; and

Advertising is key to conversion on social platforms: 67% of purchases from users surveyed by CouponFollow were driven by a paid ad.   retailtouchpoints.com

US retail ecommerce sales to grow 17.9% in 2021 - 15.3% of total retail sales
Higher than the 13.7% predicted in January 2021, to reach $933.30 billion

Total retail sales this year will increase by 7.9% to $6.083 trillion, surpassing $6 trillion for the first time. The two fastest-growing categories are apparel and accessories (up 28.7%) and home furnishings (up 11.4%). And because online sales account for about one-third of both categories' total sales, those sectors will help drive overall ecommerce growth as well. emarketer.com

DoorDash, Uber Eats, Instacart challenge major e-commerce retailers




Aspen, CO: Louis Vuitton store targeted in $500,000 roof top Burglary
Thieves cut a hole in the storeroom wall of the Louis Vuitton store in downtown Aspen on Saturday and stole as much as $500,000 worth of merchandise, police said Tuesday. One man and one woman along with two vehicles were caught on surveillance video, though there could have been more thieves and more vehicles involved in the brazen burglary, said Sgt. Rick Magnuson, head of the investigative unit at the Aspen Police Department.

"We do have surveillance of some subjects and vehicles," he said. "We think they stole between $400,000 and $500,000 ... of shoes, accessories and clothing." The thieves were inside the store, located at 205 S. Mill St., for about an hour, Magnuson said.

The incident occurred between 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. after the thieves entered an unlocked hallway at the back of the store and cut a hole in the drywall to gain access to the storeroom, Magnuson said. They used an unspecified cutting tool to open a small hole just large enough for one person to enter, he said. "It appears there was at least one female and one male, but there may be others," he said. aspentimes.com

Hendersonville, TN: Serial shoplifters arrested mid theft at Home Depot
Hendersonville police arrested two suspects last week following multiple reports of shoplifting at the local Home Depot. Two Nashville men, ages 49 and 55, are suspected of committing eight shoplifting incidents at the store between April 30 and June 3. Both were taken into custody while they were in the process of stealing from the store, police said. The suspects are facing charges of theft over $2,500, theft over $1,000 and theft under $1,000. Police anticipate additional charges resulting from similar incidents of theft in other jurisdictions.  tennessean.com

Cedar Rapids, IA: Two arrested for theft of more than $2,000 in merchandise from multiple stores
Two people from Waterloo were arrested in Cedar Rapids on Monday after allegedly stealing more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from multiple stores. In a news release, officials said 32- year-old Steven Esparza and 27-year-old Jessica Morris were arrested on multiple theft charges. The thefts reportedly happened at Dick's Sporting Goods, and Walgreens. Officials said Esparza and Morris left the store with a shopping cart full of about $1,395 in merchandise without paying. Police found the stolen vehicle in the PetSmart parking lot. Esparza and Morris were found and detained at the Bed, Bath & Beyond. Officers say they found the key to the truck with the stolen merchandise in the Esparza's pocket. Additionally, about $1,048 worth of stolen merchandise was found in the truck, and was determined to have been stolen from Walgreens earlier Monday afternoon. The stolen items included electronics, household cleaning items and makeup products. kcrg.com

Gloucester Township Target shoplifting Suspect's attempt to flee ends with a tackle on Gloucester Township highway
Police tackled a Winslow man as he tried to run across a busy street here after an alleged shoplifting incident on Tuesday afternoon. Robert E. Joyner III was charged with resisting by flight and other offenses after an incident that began at a Target store around 1:10 p.m., according to Gloucester Township police. The charges against Joyner, 39, are only allegations. He has not been convicted of any crimes connected to this case. Loss-prevention employees at the Target store alerted police around 1:10 p.m. after recognizing Joyner "from previous encounters," said a police report. Joyner was previously banned from the store on Berlin-Cross Keys Road as a result of 15 alleged shoplifting incidents since December 2020, said the report. It alleged the store lost merchandise worth more than $22,600 during those incidents. courierpostonline.com

Knoxville, TN: Two suspects stole bags full of laptops from Knoxville Best Buy
The Knoxville Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify two people suspected of stealing computers from an electronics store. Property Crimes Unit investigators are seeking to identity two suspects who stole two bags full of Apple MacBooks from the Best Buy in Cedar Bluff on May 30. The suspects left the scene in a dark-colored sedan. wate.com

UK: South Yorkshire, England: Thieves travel miles to steal bottles of champagne, gin, rum and toilet paper in shoplifting spree
Thieves stole hundreds of dollars worth of items, including Moet and Tattinger champagne and bottles of Bombay Saphire gin and Bacardi. They also stole beauty products, children's toys, food and everyday household items including toilet paper. The crooks visited a Cortonwood Retail Park, Barnsley and supermarket to steal their haul of goods last Friday. South Yorkshire Police said: "On Friday, four people popped out to do more than just their 'big shop'. They travelled into South Yorkshire from their homes in Leeds to do the biggest shop they possibly could - without actually paying for any of it. "They had to come to South Yorkshire as they were too well known, and actually on bail conditions not to go into their favorite stores near their homes. thestar.co.uk

UK: Northampton, England: Shoplifter took 96 bottles of booze in 30 visits to three Northampton stores during 25 days of May

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Shootings & Deaths

Update: Philadelphia, PA: Suspect in custody in connection to deadly robberies in Philadelphia, Delaware
A suspect is in custody in the shooting death of a Dunkin Donuts store manager in the city's Fairhill neighborhood. Police sources tell FOX 29 he is also a suspect in a similar incident last month in Delaware and could be connected to other attacks. Authorities in Wilmington say Keith Gibson, 39, was taken into custody Tuesday morning after a robbery at a Rite Aid. Gibson allegedly pistol-whipped and shot at a female employee before fleeing. FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser reports that the female employee was able to throw a GPS tracker into the bag that Gibson ran off with, helping lead police to him.

The Wilmington Police Department said Gibson was found with a ballistic vest, a loaded firearm, a knife, and narcotics. He was taken into custody and charged with a number of crimes including first-degree robbery and possession of a deadly weapon, according to police. Sources say Gibson has also been identified by police as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Christine Lugo, 41, a Dunkin' Donuts manager. Lugo was shot and killed inside the store early Saturday morning. Police say Lugo had complied with demands to retrieve cash from the back office before she was shot and killed.

Now investigators are focused on Gibson in the murder of Elsmere, Delaware T-Mobile store manager and mother of two Leslie Basilio, 28, back in May. Basilio, the manager at a T-Mobile Store, was forced inside her store in Elsmere around 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 15. Once inside, police say she was robbed and shot in the head.  fox29.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Glendale, CA: Video Shows Uniformed Officer Kick Man In Face At Dick's Sporting Goods During Apparent Arrest
A rough arrest at a Glendale mall was caught on camera. The video shows two men punching another man at a Dick's Sporting Goods store at the Glendale Galleria. A uniformed officer then arrives and kicks the man in the face. A witness who sent the video to CBS2/KCAL9 said they believed mall security or undercover police were attempting to arrest the man for shoplifting when the uniformed officer arrived and kicked the man. The Glendale Police Department released a statement that said: "The Glendale Police Department has seen the video and as of tonight, we have initiated a full investigation to determine all of the facts. This incident will be carefully reviewed, including all actions taken by the officers during the arrest process. Any additional video and reports regarding the case will also be thoroughly reviewed and evaluated." losangeles.cbslocal.com

Flint Township, MI: Walmart evacuated in Flint Township after shopper made threatening statements
The Walmart in Flint Township is back open after police evacuated the store to investigate threatening statements from a shopper. The Flint Township Police Department says customers reported a suspicious 19-year-old walking around inside the store and making threatening statements around 10:40 a.m. Investigators did not disclose the nature of the threats, however. Police could not determine whether any of the man's threats were credible, so they evacuated customers and employees while the investigation continued. The store was closed for about two and half hours while police searched inside. The 19-year-old suspect was arrested and taken to the Genesee County Jail. Police will be sending reports about the incident to the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office, which will decide whether any criminal charges are filed. abc12.com

Philadelphia, PA: Feds Bust Accused Explosives Maker in Ongoing ATM Blasts Investigation
Last summer there were dozens of ATM explosions throughout Philadelphia as thieves targeted hard-to-get-into cash machines with homemade explosives. Now, a North Philadelphia man is accused of manufacturing quarter-sticks of dynamite, or M-style devices, similar to the explosives used in some of the 161 ATM blasts reported in Philadelphia and surrounding communities since June 1, 2020. A criminal complaint filed in federal court last week details the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Philadelphia's investigation into David Perez. nbcphiladelphia.com

Lehigh Acres, FL: Arson charges dropped against Lehigh Acres Family Dollar ex-manager; $2.5M in damages
A trial call will be in August for a Lehigh Acres man accused of taking money from his job as manager at a Family Dollar shortly before he quit and a fire destroyed the building. At a hearing Tuesday for Josue Vazquez-Reyes, 24, Lee County Circuit Judge J. Frank Porter set an August 26 trial call on a charge of grand theft. Vazquez-Reyes was arrested on multiple charges in March as the sole suspect in a February arson of the Lehigh Acres Family Dollar. The building, at 3519 Lee Blvd., sustained extensive damage and investigators had called it a $2.5 million loss. However, the Office of the State Attorney 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida eventually filed a no prosecution on the arson, as well as charges of burglary and property damage/criminal mischief, against Vazquez-Reyes saying there was insufficient evidence. A public information officer for the Lee County Sheriff's Office said the remaining grand theft charges against Vazquez-Reyes stemmed from an internal theft at the store discovered after he "abruptly" resigned two weeks prior to the fire. news-press.com

Mesa County, CO: Pawn shop searched in stolen property investigation
Drivers along the Interstate 70 Business Loop saw increased police activity Tuesday while the Mesa County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a local pawn shop. Deputies were on scene all day Tuesday at A Pawn Shop, 353 Pitkin Ave., as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into stolen property. Investigators would likely continue searching the property throughout today as well, Mesa County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Megan Terlecky said. "We're going to be there all day today and probably all day tomorrow as well," Terlecky said. "The business is not in operation while we're conducting those search warrants." The investigation began around six months ago and stemmed from other stolen property investigations. No arrests have been made at this time. "There's a lot for them (investigators) to go through and a lot of work to be done," Terlecky said. gjsentinel.com

Chicago, IL: Police release video of armed robbery suspects at Mount Greenwood Subway shop

Chicago, IL: Minivan Plows Into Ashley Stewart store in Morgan Park, 2 injured

Denver, CO: Business owners call on city to act on homelessness, crime




C-Store - Columbia, SC - Robbery
C-Store - Daytona Beach, FL - Robbery
C-Store - Clayton, OH - Burglary
Collectables - Lyons, NY - Burglary
Jewelry - New York, NY - Burglary
Jewelry - Ontario, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Woodbridge, VA - Robbery
Jewelry - Greenwood, IN - Robbery
Louis Vuitton - Aspen, CO - Burglary
Pharmacy - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Robinson Township, PA - Armed Robbery (Domino's)
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery/shooting
Verizon - Lexington, KY - Robbery
7-Eleven - Castle Shannon, PA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - South Fayette, PA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 12 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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Steven Onderdonk named Area Loss Prevention Manager for Ulta Beauty

Michael Smith named Multi Unit Asset Protection Manager for Macy's

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