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Anthony Gabino, CFE, CFI promoted to Director of Asset Protection for Kendra Scott

Anthony started with the retailer two years ago as the Senior Manager of Asset Protection, where he was responsible for building the retailer's first ever Asset Protection department. Prior to Kendra Scott, Anthony Gabino was with Tailored Brands as a Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager and previously was with Chico's FAS for 8 years in multiple expanding roles. Congratulations, Anthony!

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

'Soft-on-Crime' Policies: The Retail Crime Impact
Macy's-loving 'serial shoplifter' gets charges downgraded thanks to soft-on-crime Manhattan DA Bragg
An alleged serial shoplifter with an affinity for Macy's lucked out after his latest bust - getting his charges downgraded by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office despite having dozens of arrests on his rap sheet.

Police charged him with grand larceny, burglary and possession of stolen property, according to sources. But once the accused thief got to court, District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office reduced the charges to possession of stolen property and petty larceny, a misdemeanor - and Gonzalez walked out without bail.

"It sounds like the DA is being soft on shoplifting again," defense attorney and former Bronx prosecutor Michael Discioarro said of the case.

Gonzalez, 35, had also been freed to strike again after his at least five other arrests so far this year, including at Manhattan and Queens Macy's outlets, according to police sources. Macy's apparently found the alleged repeat offender to be such a menace that the department store agreed to a "trespass affidavit" against Gonzalez, the sources said.

Saland added that the affidavit "only means so much if the DA's office is not going to prosecute these crimes. "It's no consequence if someone is being released without penalty or punishment," he said. "It doesn't do much unless law enforcement takes action on the other side of it."

One police source griped that, "Everything property-related gets downgraded." "He just keeps going back," the source said of the accused serial shoplifter. "There's no bite to the bark. The DA's Office just doesn't care."

His case is just the latest in a spike in shoplifting in the Big Apple that has retailers concerned about staying afloat despite the rash of thefts. "This individual crime is part of a larger problem with the continuing loss of confidence in the future of our city," Wylde said. "Police are totally frustrated that these serial shoplifters walk free. Shoplifters know they can get away with it." nypost.com

Manhattan DA: The Next Recall Target?
Why recall election for San Fran's soft-on-crime DA should rattle NY's Bragg
Tuesday's recall election for San Francisco's progressive district attorney could signal an earthquake that leads to the ouster of embattled, soft-on-crime Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, legal experts said.

"If [Chesa] Boudin is removed it should send shockwaves throughout every progressive prosecutor's office," Manhattan prosecutor-turned-defense lawyer Mark Bederow said Monday.

"Every progressive prosecutor, Bragg included, will take note that if a progressive prosecutor in San Francisco can be thrown overboard by an overwhelming liberal electorate, voters elsewhere - including Manhattan - may do the same thing."

Eugene O'Donnell, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, noted: "Obviously, Bragg will be watching" the results of Boudin's recall election.

"If what you see in San Francisco, perhaps the most famously progressive city in the country, is a rejection of some of these ideals in an overwhelming Democratic electorate, I think Democratic politicians...will see that it is actually a significant political risk to being the most progressive when it comes to crime and punishment." nypost.com

Strengthening Penalties for ORC Rings
Michigan ORC bill gains momentum as it moves through Legislature
Sen. Jim Runestad's legislation to penalize organized retail crime under the state's racketeering statute continued to gain support on Tuesday as it was approved by the House Judiciary Committee.

"Organized retail crime hurts both consumers and businesses," said Runestad, R-White Lake. "Shoplifting has blown up into a multi-billion industry across America."

"The criminal rings organizing this activity also take advantage of the very poor, drug-addicted, and human trafficked individuals to steal high-value items from retail stores. This bill seeks to hold accountable those at the top of the criminal ring who benefit from coercing youth and vulnerable individuals to commit organized retail crimes on their behalf."

Senate Bill 691, which was approved unanimously by the Senate last month, would add similar language to the state's racketeering penal code in order to provide more legal leverage against criminals at the top of these efforts. Michigan's Organized Retail Crime Act, which was passed in 2012, prescribed felony sentencing for organizing, supervising, financing or assisting another person in committing organized retail crimes.

"Retailers regularly work in partnership with law enforcement to stop organized retail crime rings but know our prosecutors need more tools to stop this activity from continuing to grow. Strengthening the penalties for those organizing coordinated efforts will prevent criminal rings from targeting Michigan retailers," said Amy Drumm, Michigan Retailers Association senior vice president, government affairs.

The legislation also is supported by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa A. Hammoud, Michigan State Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Target, and The Home Depot. misenategop.com

45% Decrease in Law Enforcement Deaths - 111 Year-to-Date
9 Deaths in May:
4 Auto-Related - 2 Gunfire - 2 Illness - 1 Training Accident
In May, 9 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. The cause breakdown (May 2022 only) is: 3 automobile crash, 2 gunfire, 1 struck by vehicle, 1 9/11 related illness, 1 training accident, and 1 duty related illness. This means that the year-to-date total for line of duty deaths is at 111, a 45% decrease from the same time last year.

The Officer Down Memorial Page extends our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and agencies who lost a loved one to a line of duty death this past month. We encourage our supporters to read the memorials of each of the officers who died in the line of duty. odmp.org

'Stop & Frisk' Surges in NYC Amid Crime Explosion
Rise in NYPD street stops worries advocates - but more seem to be legal; impact on NYC crime rates isn't clear
More stop, question and frisk encounters were recorded in the first three months of 2022 than in nearly three years, new NYPD data shows. The 3,689 reported stop-question-and-frisks likely do not tell the full story, given a recent report by the NYPD federal monitor that found many such incidents remain underreported.

The monitor found that 29% of the police incidents it analyzed - such as arrests and encounters with body-worn camera footage - were not documented with a stop-question-and-frisk report. But the NYPD said officers are better trained, as the monitor has found more stops to be legally justified and more of them to be both properly documented and resulting in an arrest made or summons issued.

The 3,689 stops recorded in the first three months of 2022 are 19% more than the 3,090 in the last three months of 2021. The stops recorded in the last part of 2021 were a big jump over the number of stops recorded earlier in that year - and they came during a stretch of time when mayoral candidate Eric Adams became Mayor-elect Adams.

During that period, Adams explained his support of stop-and-frisk and in a November Daily News op-ed that raised concern among police watchdogs. He wrote that "if used properly, it could reduce crime without infringing on personal liberties and human rights." denvergazette.com

NYC Mayor Demands Tougher Gun Laws Following Mass Shootings
Eric Adams calls for common-sense gun reform in testimony before Congress
New York Mayor Eric Adams challenged whether the profits of gun manufacturers are more important than the lives of children as he testified before Congress Wednesday on gun violence.

Speaking before the US House Oversight and Reform Committee, Adams insisted it was "time to decide if we are going to be a nation of laws, or a confederation of chaos" amid the recent spate of deadly mass shootings across the country, including the slaughter in Texas that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

"We are facing a crisis that is killing more Americans than war. A crisis that is now the number one cause of death for our young people. A crisis that is flooding our cities with illegal guns faster than we can take them off the street."

Adams begged the feds for help to stem the surge of gun violence in the Big Apple - a relentless burden that's dominated his time in office - saying the NYPD had removed 3,000 illegal guns from the streets this year alone, but "the guns just keep coming." nypost.com

Senators return to gun law talks following a weekend of mass shootings in 8 states

DA Alvin Bragg dodges NYC Mayor Eric Adams' 'laughingstock' criticism


COVID Update

589.8M Vaccinations Given

US: 86.9M Cases - 1M Dead - 82.8M Recovered
Worldwide: 538.2M Cases - 6.3M Dead - 511.5M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 358   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 780
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COVID Took Away Employer Leverage
What Bosses Lost in the Fight Against Empty Offices: Leverage

Employer plans have played out like a game of chicken. Now workers are rebelling outright, and executives are trying everything to make the office worth it.

Optimism about return-to-office plans, across industries and cities, is slowly abating. When asked in early 2021 about the share of their workers who would be back in the office five days a week in the future, executives said 50 percent; now that percentage is down to 20.

The vast majority of Americans, particularly those in the service sector and low-wage jobs, have been working in person throughout the pandemic. But those who were able to work remotely got attached to the flexibility. In a January survey, the Pew Research Center found that 60 percent of workers whose jobs can be done at home wanted to work remote most or all of the time. Brian Kropp, vice president in Gartner's human resources practice. "Even some of the major companies that came out and said we want our employees in the office five days a week are starting to backtrack."

There's Apple, which recently suspended its requirement that employees return to the office at least three days a week. Google postponed its return to office planned for January, and by now roughly 10 percent of its employees have received permission to go fully remote or relocate. Intuit had at one point considered some kind of rigid return-to-office plan for its 11,500 U.S. employees but instead allowed managers and teams to set their own expectations of which days to go in. nytimes.com

Workers Demand Flexibility in the Post-COVID Era
Many who lost jobs during pandemic would return for the right pay and position, CNBC survey finds
In a potentially good sign for the economy, the CNBC All-America Workforce Survey finds many Americans who retired or became unemployed during the Covid pandemic would consider coming back to work, but they are looking for the right pay and the right job.

It found that 94% of those who say they are unemployed and 68% of retirees would consider a job. The unemployed cite pay and flexible hours and work-life balance as the top criteria for the right job, followed by a job they feel they are qualified for and company benefits.

For those who retired during the pandemic, flexible hours are the most important criteria, followed by pay and work-life balance. Most retirees said they would prefer to come back part time. cnbc.com

Cases & Deaths Decline Worldwide
WHO: COVID Cases and Deaths Falling Nearly Everywhere

The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths reported globally fell everywhere last week except the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths reported globally fell everywhere last week except the Middle East and Southeast Asia, according to the World Health Organization. In its latest weekly update on the pandemic, the U.N. health agency said Wednesday that confirmed cases dropped 12% to more than 3 million and reported deaths declined 22% to about 7,600.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the continuing decline of COVID-19, which peaked in January, as "a very encouraging trend." Still, he warned that the pandemic was not yet over and urged caution, even as many countries have dropped their coronavirus protocols and shifted into trying to live with the virus. usnews.com

US has a "very serious" problem with Covid-19 vaccine uptake
Unlike many less developed countries, the US has enough doses to vaccinate everyone as well as the necessary infrastructure to support the rollout. The problem: not everyone wants the shot.

Americans keep getting reinfected with COVID-19 as new variants emerge

Moderna says new trial results show revised vaccine works better against Omicron



How Walmart is Navigating Turbulent Times
Top Walmart executives talk inflation, labor and supply chain challenges

At a recent investor Q&A, company leaders detailed how they are tackling headwinds like continued cost pressures and shared how they aim to leverage Walmart+.

Last Friday, a panel of top company executives, including President and CEO Doug McMillon and John Furner, who leads the U.S. business, addressed some of those questions from the investor community following its Associate Celebration in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They gave an update on how Walmart is grappling with inflation, labor challenges and more.

Inflation and pricing remain top of mind

Executives emphasized Walmart's Every Day Low Price strategy as a way to continue to attract shoppers across discretionary spending levels and said that among its wide range of suppliers, the company has managed to work with some to find ways to reduce costs.

Judith McKenna, president and CEO of Walmart International, noted company leaders around the world who have "deep experience" in inflationary times are helping the retailer's different teams, including Walmart U.S., navigate the current landscape. 

Labor challenges begin to abate

After a challenging labor front for retailers last year, Sam's Club and Walmart U.S. have both been at "full employment" in recent months with a few gaps in certain geographies or skill sets, executives said. Sam's Club CEO Kathryn McLay said the club chain's recent revamp of its hiring processes, which now make it possible to hire workers within a 24-hour period, and investments in wages have helped boost employment

Boosting store operations and standards

In the last year - particularly the "last few months" - the company has worked to improve how Walmart's stores and supply chain work together as part of the retailer's efforts to make store operations and standards better for its customers and workers, Furner said. For customers, the retailer is focused on net promoter scores, which measure customer loyalty, and in-stock availability across channels, Furner said. retaildive.com

'The Largest Air & Ground Security Robotics Fleet in the World'
GXO enhances security and safety with high-tech DroneDog and Aerial Drone System from Asylon
GXO Logistics, Inc., the world's largest pure-play contract logistics provider, announced today that it has deployed advanced air and ground security robotics at one of its major distribution centers in Clayton, Ind., and plans to significantly increase deployment of automated security systems across other sites within the next year.

This would be the largest air and ground security robotics fleet in the world. The DroneDog and DroneSentry duo, integrated with the DroneCore security platform from Asylon, Inc., are security technologies of the future, providing high-quality data and onsite activity updates that can detect potential issues in real time and simultaneously report them to the security team.

GXO has already used these robotic assets to conduct more than 12,000 patrols or first-responder missions. The company also has used these robotic assets to investigate and clear alarms, as well as complete video-verified security audits, saving miles of walk time for team members. This technology is detecting potential issues in real time while making the environment safer for team members and securing the customer's products.

The aerial drone and ground robot are controllable and can be monitored through a network, empowering associates to more quickly respond to alarms or dangerous events. Automated robots are providing upskilling opportunities for team members as they receive training on how to effectively operate the technology and proactively create safer facilities. gxo.com

From Retail Developer to Mayor of Los Angeles?
Rick Caruso will run against U.S. Rep. Karen Bass to be mayor of L.A.
One of the top two vote-getters in yesterday's mayoral primary election in Los Angeles made his public address from a podium in one of the highest-grossing shopping and entertainment centers in the country, The Grove. That's because he owns it.

Pledging to refuse to "let the dream of Los Angeles be extinguished," Billionaire developer Rick Caruso will face off against U.S. Rep. Karen Bass in a November runoff. Early vote counts from different news organizations differed as to which came out on top, but all agreed that the two shared 70%-plus of the vote tally.

Caruso has focused his campaign on dealing with Los Angeles's growing homeless population, promising to find shelter for 30,000 people in his first year in office. He also promises to add 1,500 police officers to the L.A. force.

In February, Caruso released a succession plan that would have Caruso real estate's chief development officer Corinne Verdery take over for him as CEO should he become Los Angeles's top gun. He also said he would be prevented from dabbling in business affairs under the rules of a blind trust that is intended to prevent a trustor such as himself from experiencing conflicts of interest between business and civic duties.

Caruso's other California projects include The Americana at Brand in Glendale, The Commons at Calabasas, and Palisades Village in Pacific Palisades. chainstoreage.com

UK Retailers, Other Companies Test Out 4-Day Workweek
The world's largest four-day workweek pilot program just started in the UK
Thousands of workers in the United Kingdom are now testing out a four-day workweek as part of a new pilot program. The trial includes more than 3,300 workers in 70 companies and organizations in sectors ranging from financial services to health care, retail and even a fish and chip shop.

It is being coordinated by the nonprofit groups 4 Day Week Global and 4 Day Week UK Campaign and the progressive think tank Autonomy, and the results of the trial will be analyzed by researchers from Cambridge University and Oxford University in the U.K. and Boston College in the United States, according to multiple reports.

The workers "are receiving (100%) of the pay for (80%) of the time, in exchange for a commitment to maintain at least (100%) productivity," according to the pilot program's site. It will include workshops and other training for participants, in addition to "wellbeing and productivity assessment."

"We'll be analyzing how employees respond to having an extra day off, in terms of stress and burnout, job and life satisfaction, health, sleep, energy use, travel and many other aspects of life," Juliet Schor, a sociology professor at Boston College and the lead researcher on the project, said, The New York Times reported. usatoday.com

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Cybersecurity & Modern Retail
Keys for Checkout Modernization Success

Stores beware: "The more devices there are on a network, the more cybersecurity targets an organization has to defend"

Retail will never be the same again. As the industry emerges from the changes caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, retailers need to understand that they face new challenges amid an irrevocably altered landscape. Customers demand a more personalized, streamlined experience as they return to stores while maintaining many of the online shopping habits they established during the pandemic.

Technology tools that modernize the checkout process, such as mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) solutions and self-service kiosks, can help stores address this challenge. But to achieve this objective, retailers need to build out an infrastructure that supports these technologies, integrate them with other systems and make sure that users know how to handle them effectively.

Integrating Modernized Checkout Tools with Other Retail Systems

As they consider checkout modernization initiatives, retailers should work to gain an understanding of how these new tools will be tied to other back-end systems. One key area to consider is security. "Generally speaking, the more devices there are on a network, the more cybersecurity targets an organization has to defend," Azim says. "Stores need to be aware of protecting these targets."

Retailers also can derive additional value by connecting advanced in-store checkout solutions with other retail channels, such as e-commerce platforms. Omnichannel capabilities can bring a customer into a retailer's orbit, and then modernized checkout systems cement the relationship by allowing them to buy online and pick up in-store or return online purchases in-store. "To enable this, modernized checkout tech needs to be connected to different customer channels," Azim says. biztechmagazine.com

Businesses Must Keep Their Cybersecurity 'Shields Up'
Mandia: Keep 'Shields Up' to Survive the Current Escalation of Cyberattacks

As Mandiant CEO Kevin Mandia's company prepares to become part of Google, the incident response company continues to investigate many of the most critical cyber incidents.

Back in the early 2000s when Mandiant was a small consulting firm in Northern Virginia, Kevin Mandia typically worked on just one incident response (IR) case at a time. Today, Mandia's team at the now IR giant Mandiant - which Google is in the process of acquiring - works on more than a half-dozen cases concurrently.

The volume of attacks is growing, especially so over the past year, according to Mandia. In recent IR cases Mandiant has been investigating, zero-day attacks and pilfered credentials have become the weapon of choice to infiltrate an organization, overtaking phishing.

"A lot of customers are saying, 'How long do we have to have our Shields Up?'" he said, in reference to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)'s current slogan for warning organizations to operate at heightened alert amid increasing cyber threat activity. "I think you have to keep [them] up. That's a lesson we're learning this year," Mandia said in an interview with Dark Reading this week.

"The impact of a breach is so much graver now," he said. Not only are ransomware and extortion getting more brazen and chaos-causing with public data leaks and digital blackmail, but cybercriminals are basically catching up with nation-states when it comes to exploiting expensive zero-day vulnerabilities in software, he said.

"In the early days, zero days were the purview of governments. In 2017, you started to see criminal elements arming a zero day," he said. Today, it's close to a 60-40 split, with nation-states still leading in zero-day attacks but with criminals not far behind. "That came sooner than I thought," Mandia added. "It just tells you how much money you can make hacking." darkreading.com

It Doesn't Pay to Pay
Study Finds Eighty Percent of Ransomware Victims Attacked Again
A new study finds that 80% of companies that paid a ransom were hit a second time, with 40% paying again. Seventy percent of these paid a higher amount the second time round.

These figures come from an April 2022 Cybereason study that queried 1,456 cybersecurity professionals from organizations with 700 or more employees. The shocking nature of the statistics, published in Ransomware: The True Cost to Business (PDF) go much deeper.

AdvertisementIt's not a problem that can be ignored with the vague belief, 'it won't happen to me'. Seventy-three percent of organizations have suffered at least one ransomware attack in the past 24 months - up 33% from last year.

Sixty percent of companies admitted ransomware gangs had been in their network from one to six months before they were discovered - a key indicator of a double extortion attack. But paying the double extortion fee doesn't really help; nearly 200,000 companies never received their data back after paying. And the criminals still have the data regardless. Thirty-five percent of companies suffered C-level 'resignations' because of a ransomware attack.

Other key findings of the research include the prevalence of the supply chain as a factor in the attack. Sixty-four percent of companies believe the ransomware gang got into their network via one of their suppliers or business partners.

Business disruption is almost inevitable. Thirty-one percent of companies were forced to temporarily or permanently suspend operations following an attack, and nearly 40% of companies laid off staff as a consequence. Only 42% said the payment resulted in restoration of all systems and data (down from 51% last year. Furthermore, 54% said that system issues persisted or that some data was corrupted after decryption.

But the most shocking indicator of the futility of paying comes from the repetitive nature of extortion attacks. Eighty percent of victims were hit a second time. Forty percent paid the second ransom. Ten percent paid a third ransom, and 1% paid a fourth. The additional attacks come rapidly and usually demand a higher figure. Sixty-eight percent of firms said the second attack came less than a month after the first, with an increased demand. securityweek.com

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Pot Shop Cash Makes Stores a Magnet for Crime & Violence
Violent pot shop robberies soar across US as Senate wrangles over solutions

S.A.F.E. Banking Act would cut down on cash use at pot shops to help prevent robberies, but Democrats are torn on issue

As the number of violent robberies at cannabis stores across the country soars, ironically it's some Democratic Party leaders standing in the way of legislation that would make pot shops a less appealing target.

The S.A.F.E. Banking Act has bipartisan support and has passed in the U.S. House six times, but it's been blocked in the Senate by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who said last summer that he would continue to oppose it until lawmakers passed more sweeping reforms. "I will lay myself down to do everything I can do to stop an easy banking bill that's going to allow all these corporations to make all this money off of this, as opposed to focusing on the restorative justice aspects."

The bill would allow medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational pot shops to take credit cards. It has always been an all-cash business because marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Many marijuana stores even have ATMs inside them for customers who don't usually carry cash. That has made pot shops an easy target.

Evans said being an all-cash business has made her employees targets, especially for those looking for money to feed their drug addiction. Washington state has seen at least 85 armed robberies at marijuana shops in 2022, already an annual record. Several have ended in death. In one case, Seattle police shot and killed a suspect who was barricaded and fired at them after an armed robbery in Bellevue. In March, a 29-year-old employee at World of Weed in Tacoma was murdered during a robbery.

After Jordan Brown's death, Washington state Sen. Patty Murray ramped up the pressure on fellow Democrats to pass the S.A.F.E. Banking Act once and for all. "It makes absolutely no sense that legal cannabis businesses are being forced to operate entirely in cash," Murray said. foxnews.com

The Evolving Cannabis Security Landscape
Commercial Security Meets the Needs of Evolving Cannabis Industry
The shifting legal landscape aside, the dynamic increase in legal cannabis businesses represents a new growth market for commercial security providers, along with responsibilities for integrators to apply their professional expertise in risk assessment, project management, and innovative technologies to implement code-compliant systems that best protect these emerging, high-risk enterprises.

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Until federal legislation is passed to ease banking restrictions, most cannabis dispensaries are forced to remain cash-heavy operations. Dealing in a high-demand, highly regulated product like cannabis increases the potential for armed robbery and burglary, as well as internal theft, tampering, counterfeiting, organized retail crime, and even espionage. Therefore, the need is urgent for these cannabis businesses to seek experienced security, fire, and life safety professionals to evaluate risks with a critical eye on the specific type of operation - whether that be a dispensary, manufacturing site, or cultivation facility.

Licensing - Don't Go There Alone

Before the conversation about security, fire, and life safety solutions can begin, cannabis businesses must first become licensed to operate in their city and state by meeting compliance standards and navigating the extremely complicated and competitive licensing process. As independent-spirited entrepreneurs, new cannabis business owners may be accustomed to making decisions and doing things on their own. So, it may be unusual for them to seek professional guidance for the rigorous, detailed security requirements mandated by licensing authorities. This is where identifying a trusted security partner is absolutely critical.

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Black Market Pot Is Still Alive & Well
Legalised cannabis in Canada and US hasn't killed illegal market

Even when cannabis is legalised, some users still prefer to stick with their usual illegal sources, which can be cheaper and easier to access

Some cannabis users continue to buy the drug from illegal sources for years after it is possible to purchase it from regulated, legal shops, because the illegal sources can be cheaper or easier to access, a survey in Canada and the US has found.

The findings suggest that policy-makers who want to wipe out the cannabis black market need to make sure that new legal sources are competitively priced and widely available.

Cannabis has recently become legal for recreational use in several countries including Canada, Mexico and South Africa as well as in 18 US states. Advocates of legalisation say it is less risky for users to buy cannabis from regulated shops because their cannabis products are safer than those from illegal dealers, with better dose labelling and quality-control measures, and the shops are less likely to sell to minors.

But not all users choose to buy from the regulated shops. Canada, for instance, legalised cannabis in 2018, but by 2020, about half of all cannabis used in the country was still being obtained illegally.

The new survey, of nearly 12,000 cannabis users in Canada and the US, found that price was the most common reason for buying illegal weed, cited by about 35 per cent of users in Canada and 27 per cent in the US. Convenience was the second commonest factor, cited by 17 to 20 per cent of respondents across both countries. newscientist.com

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Nike Spars with StockX Over Online Counterfeits
Online marketplace StockX hits back at Nike over claims of counterfeit shoe sales

Nike has accused online marketplace StockX of allowing sales of counterfeit Nike sneakers.

Online resale marketplace StockX is hitting back at Nike's claims that the site has been allowing sales of counterfeit versions of its sneakers.

StockX, in a response to Nike's allegations, defended its anti-counterfeiting measures and said Nike itself had previously praised them, according to a draft of a court filing seen by CNBC. The response is set to be filed in U.S. District Court in New York City on Monday.

"In the past, Nike has sought to collaborate with StockX and has communicated confidence in the StockX authentication process," the Detroit-based company said in the draft filing.

The legal battle between Nike and StockX started over non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, which are unique digital assets that consumers can buy and sell. Nike sued StockX in February, saying the online marketplace's NFTs of Nike shoes infringed on trademarks and could confuse customers. Nike, which had been preparing for its entry into the so-called metaverse for several months, started selling its own NFTs earlier this year, reaping huge sums.

StockX has argued it uses NFTs to track ownership of physical products as well as to increase efficiency and decrease costs for its customers.

Nike, which has been beefing up its own online business, added to its lawsuit last month, saying in an amended complaint that it was able to purchase four pairs of counterfeit shoes from StockX that were verified as authentic. One of the pairs matched a StockX NFT, Nike claimed.

Nike said in its amended complaint that it obtained the dubious shoes through StockX from December through the beginning of February, just before it filed its initial lawsuit against the company. In its draft filing, StockX questioned why Nike waited until May to include its claims about the counterfeit sneakers. cnbc.com

Meijer hit with online shopping issue
Meijer says it has restored its online shopping platform after a technical issue with Chase Bank on Tuesday. The problem blocked online purchases through the Meijer website for several hours yesterday until being resolved.

A statement from Meijer says stores switched to cash and credit cards only (no pin/debit) to protect customers until the issue was fixed.

Some shoppers across the state reported overcharges on credit cards last month after shopping at Meijer, according to the Detroit Free Press. A Meijer spokesperson said the charges were also from technical issues with Chase Bank. wkzo.com

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Caught on Video: Burglars smash Rite Aid windows, steal high-end bottles of liquor
Police in Orange County arrested three people who had been burglarizing pharmacies, stealing expensive liquor off the shelves, and authorities believe they could be linked to dozens of other crimes. From top shelf tequila to cognac and scotch whiskey, Orange County Sheriff's deputies said the bandits loaded hundreds of high-end liquor bottles into tall trash cans inside of a San Clemente Rite Aid store. Security video from the Monday break in at the showed how fast and organized the trio worked after smashing a front window with a crowbar. "So, it's obviously a well-orchestrated group. They are making entry. They are only in the stores for a short period of time. They immediately go to trashcans inside of the pharmacies and part of their group immediately goes to the higher-end or more expensive alcohol," Sgt. Scott Steinle, with OC Sheriff's Department, said. After burglarizing the San Clemente Rite Aid, officials said the crew moved on to San Juan Capistrano and then to a CVS Pharmacy near Shady Canyon in Irvine. The three suspects arrested are from LA County, with one of them turning 18-years-old just weeks ago and another one is a minor. cbsnews.com

Reno, NV: Card Shop burglary totaling $50,000
Police are investigating another major burglary at a sports card shop.. At least two people used a stolen truck and a rope or chain to tear off the front doors and windows of a hobby shop in Reno, NV early Sunday. The owner of Home Team Sports Collectibles says about $50,000 in merchandise was stolen by the two people who got inside. sportscollectorsdaily.com

Eau Claire, WI: Kohl's burglar takes $23,000 in jewelry
Rosemount, Minn., man took nearly $23,000 in jewelry from the Eau Claire Kohl's department store, police say. The man committed the burglary by concealing himself behind some luggage just before closing time, authorities said. Thomas M. McRunnel, 26, is charged in Eau Claire County Court with felony counts of burglary and retail theft. McRunnel is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday. leadertelegram.com

Detroit, MI: Thieves allegedly try to steal from vape shop by smashing U-Haul through Detroit business
Detroit police are investigating an attempted smash-and-grab after four people used a U-Haul as a wrecking ball. On Thursday morning, according to WWJ Newsradio 950's Mike Campbell who was on the scene, the suspects were seen running away from the All Stars Hookah Vape Gift and Smoke Shop on Seven Mile and Asbury Park. Early investigation shows the suspects used a U-Haul truck to back through the wall of Tink's Beauty Palace clothing store in an effort to get to the vape shop on the other side. The wall between the two stores sustained extensive damage but stayed in place. audacy.com

Casper, WY: Suspect previously accused of Walmart theft now faces felony charges
A Casper man arrested Monday has been charged with criminal trespass and felony theft after police allege that he and another man left the east-side Walmart in April with over $2,500 in electronics and made no attempts to pay. oilcity.news

West Chester, PA: Woman Arrested for theft of $875 of merchandise from Rite Aid
A Philadelphia woman was arrested for theft by the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department on Tuesday. Jamie Turner, age 36, was arrested on June 7, 2022, on an active arrest warrant in connection to a theft that occurred at the Rite Aid on the 1500 block of West Chester Pike in Westtown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania on May 5, 2022. Authorities state store surveillance video showed that Turner did conceal $875.65 worth of products and leave the store without paying.  mychesco.com

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Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Waco, TX: Walmart employee injured, man charged with robbery
One man is facing robbery charges after a Wal-Mart employee was injured trying to stop him from taking groceries from the store. Travus Leroy Byrnes was booked into the McLennan County Jail on Monday after being tracked down by Waco Police officers. An arrest affidavit stated it happened on May 20 at the Wal-Mart located at 4320 Franklin Avenue in Waco. The affidavit stated a man concealed multiple food items in a backpack and attempted to leave the store without paying. A loss prevention officer met him at the exit and attempted to detain him, when the man pushed him through the sliding glass door - resulting in injury to the store employee's left shoulder. The man fled into a nearby wooded area - but the entire sequence of the theft, physical confrontation and evasion was captured on video. An officer spotted and detained a man matching the description, and identified him as Travus Byrnes. Byrnes was arrested and taken to the McLennan County Jail on a charge of robbery with bodily injury. Jail records showed he was also held for solicitation on a street and possession of drug paraphernalia. fox44news.com

Spokane Valley, WA: Security tackles accused shoplifter at WinCo
A Spokane Valley man has been charged with second degree robbery after allegedly trying to steal $265 worth of goods from a local WinCo, according to court documents. Armando G. Rutherford, 37, was arrested on Thursday and is still in jail awaiting his arraignment. In an exclusive interview with KHQ, Rutherford maintained his innocence. A physical confrontation ensued when a store manager and a loss prevention officer stopped Rutherford. Court documents allege that Rutherford began punching the loss prevention officer multiple times, but according to witnesses filming the incident, that never happened. The court documents say the fight lasted approximately three minutes all the while Rutherford was throwing punches and shoving the loss prevention officer into a vending machine. But in the video recorded by a bystander that is three-and-a-half minutes long, no punches seemed to have been thrown. Rutherford, now charged with second degree robbery, is awaiting his arraignment in the Spokane County Jail on a $5,000 bond. Rutherford saying this whole thing will work itself out. khq.com

Tipp City, OH: Meijer Distribution Center in Tipp City damaged
The Meijer Distribution Center located at 4200 South County Road 25A was damaged by storms during the evening. Police said in a release that there were called to the area around 6:08 p.m. for a report of large debris and several blown transformers. When crews arrived, they saw heavy damage and collapse at the center. The Tipp City police chief told our partners at Miami Valley Today that several storms, including what it believed to be a tornado, moved through the area of 25A to I-75 to North Third Street, causing extensive damage in its path. Miami County EMA are working to clean up the damage at the Meijer Distribution Center in Tipp City. The total estimated loss to the building is not known at this time. Tipp City police said no one was injured at the building. nbc4i.com

Columbia, SC: Police arrest suspect in Walmart long gun theft
A 27-year-old man was arrested after investigators said he stole long guns from an area Walmart. The Columbia Police Department (CPD) said Anthony Bockus is accused of staying inside the Harbison Blvd Walmart after hours and stealing multiple long guns from a case. He was later captured near Piney Grove Rd at a convenience store. Police were able to recover all of the stolen weapons. Bockus is also accused of breaking into the Love Buick GMC on Saturn Parkway and taking key fobs. wistv.com

San Francisco, CA: String of 'smash-and-grab' robberies leads to arrest of 14- to 17-year-old suspects

Epsom, New Zealand: Short-staffed and battling crime, this supermarket owner works 80 hours a week



Beauty - Detroit, MI - Burglary
C-Store - Albany, OR - Robbery
CBD - Toledo, OH - Burglary
CVS - Irvine, CA - Burglary
Collectables - Reno, NV - Burglary
Dollar General - Shuqualak, MS - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Olympia, WA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Eau Claire, WI - Burglary
Jewelry - Temple Tx - Robbery
Jewelry - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Jewelry - Valencia, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Glendale, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Middletown, NY- Robbery
Pawn - Jasper, TX - Burglary
Pawn - Bell County, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Fresno, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery (Subway)
Rite Aid - Culver, CA - Burglary
Rite Aid - San Clemente, CA - Burglary
Vape - Detroit, MI - Burglary
Walmart - Waco, TX - Robbery
Walmart - Columbia, SC - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Nashville, TN - Burglary
7-Eleven - San Diego, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Glen Burnie, MD - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 15 robberies
• 11 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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