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David St. Angelo named Senior LP Specialist for CSC ServiceWorks
In this role, David will oversee the North Atlantic Market covering the Hartford, Boston, and Maine Branches. He will support Branch Operations with all Loss Prevention investigations, physical security, audit functions, and special projects.

Prior to be being named Senior Loss Prevention Specialist for CSC ServiceWorks in the North Atlantic Market, Dave spent 12 years as the Loss Prevention Director for CVS Corporation managing a corporate staff overseeing the physical security, central station, and product protection in RI. Before that, he spent 7 years as CVS' physical security manager and 10 years as the facility services supervisor providing 24/7 oversight for their 3 distribution centers.

Dave has received numerous department and industry awards around shrink, investigations, and ORC Team Leadership. Congratulations Dave!

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NRF Retail Converge Highlights

NRF Retail Converge Keynote Chat
Walmart U.S. chief John Furner sees a 'new normal' emerging

COVID's impact on consumer behavior will linger even as shoppers return to pre-pandemic practices

As COVID-19 recedes, the "new normal" for Walmart and other retailers will mix the pre-pandemic consumer environment with the behavioral changes brought by the health crisis, Walmart U.S. President and CEO John Furner said at the National Retail Federation's NRF Retail Converge conference.

"We'll think of 2020 as some sort of point of inflection for all of us personally, professionally," Furner told NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay yesterday in a keynote chat at the online-only event. "In some ways, it feels like we're getting back to normal, but I think what we're really heading to is a new normal, which will be a blend of what we were before the pandemic and some of the things we've learned to do - just like we're talking today, remotely. Some of that will continue. I think some of our trends with shopping that have changed will continue, and we're looking forward to seeing what's next."

"It's probably a bit too early to tell. It was definitely too early to tell last year," Furner explained. "What happened last year for Walmart, we probably skipped about four years worth of change, evolution, transformation, growth - whatever we'd like to call it - in the e-commerce space. Just in the first quarter of this year, we were up 37% [in e-commerce sales] on top of 77% last year, so well over double the business in two years. While there will be some fluctuations, and there's still some settling to do. I think underlying trend is what the trend would have been. And there's been a steady shift from a combination of in-store shopping to in-store shopping and pickup and in-store shopping and delivery to home." supermarketnews.com

More Highlights from NRF Retail Converge

NRF Retail Converge: Day 1 Highlights

NRF Retail Converge: Day 2 Highlights

CVS: Partnering in health during & after COVID-19

Retail sees a new day for diversity and inclusion

UPS finds success by making things personal

Violence, Crime & Protests

DOJ Rolls Out New Strike Force to Combat Big City Crime
US Justice Department launches strike force to fight gun crime

Gun crime continues to see steady increase across the US as country emerges from COVID lockdown.

The US Justice Department is launching a new strike force aimed at cracking down on illegal firearms trafficking, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said on Tuesday.

The strike force will be focused on reducing violent crime by targeting activity in "significant gun trafficking corridors" including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC, Monaco said during an event sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.

As part of this effort, Monaco said US Attorney's offices in the targeted areas will coordinate with federal, state and local law enforcement to focus on "where the guns are originating, where they're used in violent crime... and going after the entire network".

Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement "the department is taking another concrete step to address violent crime and illegal firearms trafficking. Our firearms trafficking strike forces will investigate and disrupt the networks that channel crime guns into our communities with tragic consequences."

The Justice Department's new initiative comes as President Joe Biden on Wednesday will address recent spikes in shootings and other violent crimes.

As of June 22, the United States has seen 297 mass shootings, according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, and local police departments in some major cities across the country have reported spikes in homicides.

Rising crime is a crucial concern among the general populace, especially in larger cities. aljazeera.com

Data Shows that Police Funding Hasn't Impacted Crime in Major Cities
US crime rise draws fears of 'bloody summer', calls for more cops

New York mayoral race is the latest battleground for debate on money for police amid a national crime increase.

Homicides and other violent crimes that shot up in 2020 are continuing their national rise, and President Joe Biden will speak on Wednesday about what he "is going to do to help address" rising crime, especially gun violence, "as we've seen around the country it is a concern of many Americans", White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.

Gun crime has seen a sharp rise in major metropolitan areas, and especially in the nation's largest city, New York. Shooting incidents rose 73 percent in May 2021 over the previous year, as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes and New York begins to reopen, according to New York Police Department numbers cited by CNN.

FOP tweeted an image on May 25 showing "skyrocketing murder rates" in many major cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon which saw a staggering 800 percent increase in murder rates as of May 2021, FOP claimed.

Minneapolis and Portland were at the forefront of police defunding, but their police budgets were cut by 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Portland's homicide rate increase is staggering, but the total number of homicides was 10 in May 2021, increasing from two in May 2020, according to city data. This is about a 500 percent jump, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Los Angeles and Chicago cut their budgets to a similar degree, by about 5 percent in LA and 3 percent in Chicago. These numbers came far short of what activists wanted.

But crime rates are rising across the US, regardless of whether police budgets decreased, remain steady or increased. There is little evidence to suggest that defunding police departments has increased crime.

Houston and Nashville, two cities run by Democratic mayors, increased their funding for police during the past year. Houston has seen homicides rise by 35 percent and Nashville's homicides in January and February double over the same period in 2020, according to local media. aljazeera.com

Loose State & Local Laws are Empowering Store Thieves
Thieves now mock the rule of law in 'progressive' cities like San Francisco
Permissive state and local policies and attitudes have signaled to thieves that San Francisco is a perfect "shopping" destination: a mecca for organized retail crime.

In 2014, a statewide law (Proposition 47) reclassified nonviolent thefts as misdemeanors for stolen goods worth less than $950. California's property crime immediately spiked from below the national average to above it and has continued to grow. And San Francisco, as of 2019, had twice the property-crime rate per resident - 1 in 18 - as the rest of California; not to mention that San Francisco's rate of violent crime per resident is 50 percent above California's.

In January 2020, San Francisco's new "progressive" district attorney, Chesa Boudin (a son of convicted cop killers), made decreasing penalties for nonviolent offenses a cornerstone of his agenda. He also crusaded to ban cash bail, reduce prison populations and pursue non-incarceration.

Everyone goes toward greatest opportunity and least risk. Thieves flock to San Francisco, unconcerned by what amounts to the vague threat of a citation should they be detained - which is unlikely, as police make arrests in less than 3 percent of reported thefts, and these cases rarely get prosecuted.

These same patterns are afoot here in New York City, where crooks travel from The Bronx, where Duane Reade stores (a subsidiary of Walgreens) are manned by armed guards, to the easy pickings of less-secured Upper West Side locations. As in Frisco, Gotham's shoplifters steal whatever they can fence.

Boudin and likeminded policymakers in the Big Apple may think that removing the barriers to shoplifting shows a lofty empathy for offenders or an enlightened indifference to "low-level" crime. In fact, such neglect underwrites drug addictions and professionalizes criminal fencing rings. It shows zero compassion for mistreated store workers, whose daily jobs involve inconvenience, indignity and danger from cocky crooks - and, in at least 17 locations around Frisco, ultimately unemployment. nypost.com

Atlanta Mayor Blames Pandemic Reopenings for Rising Crime
Georgia Gov rips Atlanta mayor who blames crime surge on COVID reopening

Progressive mayor blames loose gun laws & quick COVID reopenings for crime surge

Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp responded on Monday to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms blaming the city's crime spike on the GOP-led reopenings during the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that people are "tired of leaders blaming somebody else for problems that they have in their own jurisdiction."

Bottoms blamed the crime wave in her city on lax gun laws, young people being out of school and the Republican governor's decision to make Georgia one of the early states to begin reopening. Asked if officers have been "hesitant" to respond to crime amid heightened tensions of the past year, Bottoms said "absolutely not."

Kemp began easing COVID-19 restrictions in late March, following states like Texas and Mississippi and drawing the ire of Democrats. The Centers for Disease Control didn't relax its guidelines for vaccinated people until mid-May.

Killings are up 58 percent in Atlanta from 2020, but even that year, amid widespread lockdowns, was one of the deadliest in decades, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. There were reportedly 157 homicides in 2020, up from 99 in 2019.

"For two months we've had a crime suppression unit working, using extra state resources, emergency funding to try to help with the problem because I hear about it every single day," Kemp said on Monday.

"And in just two months by putting boots on the ground and officers on the street and in the air and working with state and local partnerships we've done almost 3,100 arrests, we've apprehended 71 people who had outstanding warrants and we've impounded almost 300 vehicles going after street crimes." foxnews.com

Concerns Over Crime Propel Former Cop into Lead in NYC Mayoral Race
New Yorkers vote in primaries for mayor after a race dominated by crime and coronavirus recovery
New York's Democratic primary for mayor was left unsettled on Tuesday night, with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police captain, appearing to have the advantage in the city's first ranked-choice election.

Adams, 60, who would be just the second Black mayor of New York, emerged from a field that spent the last six months debating the city's rising crime and the difficulty of building back after the pandemic.

Final results are not expected until July 12, given both the city's rickety election system and new ballots that allow voters to rank up to five candidates, allotting their choices until one candidate reaches a majority.

Some Democrats skipped the early-voting period but were ready to make a decision on Tuesday. "I like him 100 percent," Olga Quinones, 62, said of Adams. A Dominican American who lives on her disability benefits, Quinones met her favorite candidate as he danced and played dominoes with Spanish-speaking voters on Sunday before holding a news conference decrying gun violence.

"He's going to fight the crime," she said. "He was a police officer. He has experience." washingtonpost.com

Why the feds can't stop NYC shooting epidemic with illegal gun crackdown

Gun violence is surging in Portland. What can be done to stop it?

WI Gov. Tony Evers signs a bill banning police chokeholds

NYPD watchdog says 39 cops should be disciplined over George Floyd protests

Background checks blocked a record high 300,000 gun sales

COVID Update

319.2M Vaccinations Given

US: 34.4M Cases - 617.8K Dead - 28.8M Recovered
Worldwide: 179.9M Cases - 3.8M Dead - 164.7M Recovered

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Dr. Fauci Sounds the Alarm Over Delta Variant
Fauci Warns Delta Variant Is 'The Greatest Threat' To U.S. COVID Efforts
The dangerous Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading so quickly in the United States that it's likely the mutant strain will become predominant in the nation within weeks, according to federal health officials and a new analysis.

At a White House briefing on COVID-19 on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said 20.6% of new cases in the U.S. are due to the Delta variant. And other scientists tracking the variant say it is on track to become the dominant virus variant in the U.S.

"The Delta variant is currently the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19," Fauci said.

The variant, first identified in India, is the most contagious yet and, among those not yet vaccinated, may trigger serious illness in more people than other variants do, he said. npr.org

Federal Charges for Man Behind COVID Store Hoax
Jury convicts man who said he paid someone to spread COVID by licking grocery story items
A federal jury has convicted a man who claimed he paid someone to spread COVID-19 at grocery stores. Christopher Charles Perez, 39, allegedly posted the threat online because 'he was trying to deter people from visiting the stores, purportedly in order to prevent the spread of the virus.'

Prosecutors used evidence showing two threatening messages on Facebook, where Perez claimed he paid the person, who allegedly had COVID-19, to lick items at San Antonio stores. The message was sent to the FBI, who investigated and determined there was no threat.

Perez, convicted on two counts of false information and hoaxes not related to biological weapons, could face up to five years in prison.

"My homeboys cousin has covid19 and has licked every thing for past 2 days cause we paid him too," Perez posted on Facebook in April 2020, according to court documents. "Big difference is we told him not to be these (expletive) idiots who record and post online...YOU'VE BEEN WARNED."

"To be clear, the alleged threat was false," the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said in a news release last year. "No one spread coronavirus at grocery stores."  kfoxtv.com  tri-cityherald.com

Michigan OSHA Updates COVID Rules
MIOSHA withdraws coronavirus mandates for most workplaces
Few businesses were hit harder by coronavirus restrictions than the hospitality industry. "We're so excited. The hospitality industry is truly back to being a hospitality industry again," Johnny Brann Jr. of Brann's Steakhouse & Grille restaurants said.

That's not just due to Tuesday's lifting of capacity rules for bars and restaurants. Many of the restrictions imposed under Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration orders, like mask mandates, also impacted restaurants and bars. Those rules also ended, for the most part, Tuesday.

Under the new rules issued by MIOSHA, workplaces - with the exception of health care settings - have discretion on requiring daily health screenings, masks and social distancing. Still, the agency advises companies to follow state and federal guidance to slow the spread of the virus. woodtv.com

More Retail Incentives for Getting Vaccinated
Walgreens Provides Incentive For Shoppers To Get COVID-19 Vaccine
Walgreens, which runs over 9,000 retail locations in America, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, announced that shoppers who receive a coronavirus inoculation at the pharmacy chain will get $25 in Walgreens Cash rewards starting on Tuesday (June 22).

Consumers that have myWalgreens accounts will find that the Walgreens Cash rewards will be available immediately after vaccination, per the release. Consumers who don't have myWalgreens accounts can choose a $25 Walgreens gift card after vaccination at the pharmacy chain.

Walgreens said it is offering the bonus to encourage additional people to receive a coronavirus vaccination "in support of President Biden's National Month of Action." To that end, 4,000 of the retailer's locations have lengthened their pharmacy hours on Fridays this month to offer more flexibility for walk-in inoculations. Walgreens currently has more than 400 U.S. pharmacy locations that are open around the clock where people can get vaccinated "at their convenience," according to the announcement. pymnts.com

Doctors blame Delta variant for COVID-19 surge in Missouri

Furniture orders delayed up to 3 months because of pandemic strains


Tracking Consumer Emotions with Biometrics & AI
Candy maker Mars built a tool that tracks people's emotional reactions to ads, and says it's lifting sales by as much as 18%

It uses neuromarketing and artificial intelligence to measure people's reaction to ads.

Mars says it's solved the problem with a new tool called Agile Creative Expertise (ACE) that tracks up to 150 people's emotional and behavioral reactions to its digital ads and is helping save millions while driving sales.

The proprietary tool uses tech like EEG, biometrics, and eye tracking along with artificial intelligence to measure things like how long people watch a video ad and how their attention changes as they watch them.

ACE gives ads one to four stars based on criteria like how much emotion and attention they elicit, with four stars denoting exceptional engagement. It's also meant to ensure that these attention and emotion levels actually drive sales, based on Mars' internal benchmarks developed with partners including Nielsen, YouTube TrueView, and Realeyes.

"We are firm believers that emotional responses drive brand recognition and memory structures, and we wanted to understand how consumers behave and how they think both consciously and unconsciously," said Sorin Patilinet, Mars' global marketing insights director. "But we're also very focused on sales, and ACE is also helping us with that."

Mars says it's investing upwards of $4 million every year to develop ACE and other measurement tools and now requires its brand marketing teams to use ACE to test their ad creative. Brand teams can commission Mars' Insights Communications Lab, its global insights and innovation team, to do ACE studies for a fee. businessinsider.com

Retailers Search for Solution as Workers Flock to Other Industries
Does retail have an answer for its jobs problem?
More retail workers quit their jobs in April than in any single month since the Labor Department started tracking the industry's job numbers going back more than 20 years. This follows a year that saw a record number of layoffs and furloughs as a result of the havoc wrought on retailers by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Around 649,000 retail workers gave their notice to employers in April even as the industry as a whole has been looking to add workers in an economy that is rebounding as large numbers of Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Washington Post reports that many former retail workers are leaving for better paying positions that offer greater benefits and work/life balance in a variety of other industries including jobs at banks, insurance agencies and marijuana dispensaries.

Some high profile retailers like Amazon.com, Costco and Target have raised their starting wages to $15 an hour as their need for human resources have increased along with sales and shifts in consumer shopping behavior. Many other retailers fall well below this pay number while also falling short in other areas such as associate training and career development.

Others, such as Walmart, that pay starting wages below $15, have begun placing more workers in full-time roles with regular schedules while also upping investments in training and communicating potential career paths that would lead to higher compensation. retailwire.com

Half of Americans are Ready to Return to Stores
Survey: More Americans ready to shop in-store as confidence rises

As confidence arises, more consumers are looking to head back to stores and restaurants.

That's according to a new research from SafetyCulture, which found that Americans are feeling much more comfortable undertaking many activities during the coming months compared to the same time period in 2020. Half of Americans said they would feel "very comfortable" shopping in a physical store during the next three months, compared to 29% in the year-ago period. Only 14% said they would have some degree of discomfort shopping in-store, compared to 34% last year.

On the dining front, only 23% of Americans said they would feel a level of discomfort dining in a restaurant/bar during the next three months compared to 52% last year.

Consumers want businesses to maintain COVID-19 safety measures. Thirty-six percent of survey respondents said they will have some level of discomfort visiting businesses that have relaxed safety precautions in the coming months. chainstoreage.com

Summer Stall Coming?
Diners surged back to restaurants in the spring, but full recovery could
stall this summer
The restaurant industry was on track for a roaring comeback this year, but the recovery seems to be slowing down well short of pre-pandemic levels, reservation and foot-traffic data show. From January to May, diners more than doubled their visits to restaurants as the vaccine rollout reached more than half of all Americans, according to data from OpenTable, Resy, and Placer.

But the trend appears to be leveling off in recent weeks, remaining stubbornly below the level of two years ago. OpenTable's industry tracker shows shows in-person dining was down about 60% in January compared with the same month in 2019, improving to about 10% below in May.

Resy's report from April shows a similar starting low point in January as OpenTable, while a spokesperson could only confirm that global reservations more than doubled from December to May.

All but six states tracked by OpenTable no longer have capacity restrictions on indoor dining, while four including New York and California have some degree of a mask requirement. businessinsider.com

US Store Closures Up 4% Year Over Year
Weekly US and UK Store Openings and Closures Tracker 2021
This week, there are highlights from Dillard's, Hermès and Schnucks in the US and Amazon, Debenhams and Toolstation in the UK. We also discuss quarterly store opening and closure settlements following the release of quarterly company filings this week-including from Casey's, GameStop and Vince Holding.

Click here to view our full collection of Weekly US and UK Store Openings and Closures Tracker reports. (Registration required) coresight.com

The World's Most Valuable Brands

Amazon, Apple top ranking of world's most valuable brands
The world's most valuable brands have experienced record growth, according to the Kantar BrandZ Most Valuable Global Brands 2021 ranking. Amazon maintained its position as the most valuable brand, growing its brand value 64% to $684 billion.

Apple ranked second, with a brand value of $612 billion, up 74% over 2020. Tesla ranked as the fastest-growing brand (and the most valuable car brand) growing its value by 275% year-on-year to $42.6 billion. In all, U.S. brands accounted for 56 of the Top 100 brands in the report. chainstoreage.com

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Pizzerias nationwide are seeing a major spike in foot traffic

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Gus Downing's Exclusive Interview with Rex Gillette, VP Retail Sales, ADT
Discussing ADT Commercial's expansion into the EAS market.
(This week's focus - Part 3 of 4)

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Gus: Rex, With field service being one of the most frustrating and critical elements in the EAS market, ADT's Commercial's service and support organization has to be the largest network out there and probably your biggest asset. Can you talk about how that group is structured for Commercial vs. Residential? And how can the retailers be assured that they'll be a priority for ADT, when this is obviously a third-party type of relationship for you and WG?

Rex: In January 2020, ADT Commercial separated its operations from ADT LLC, the residential arm of ADT. ADT Commercial is 100% dedicated to and focused on its commercial customers. From management teams to sales and support operations, ADT Commercial has the privilege of focus to only support complex, commercial enterprises.

Although EAS is a new offering from ADT Commercial, we have been serving the retail community for decades. Our customers can expect the same level of attention to detail and service they have always received from our teams.


Gus: The press release talks to helping customers build and maintain their current EAS solutions, regardless of type or manufacturer, as well as install new systems. Does this mean ADT will also be selling WG products directly to the retailers and possibly other systems as well?

Rex: ADT Commercial's dedicated Retail National Accounts team will be selling WG's complete portfolio of EAS systems, tags, labels, detachers, and deactivators directly to retailers. The systems are based on the 58kHz AM frequency and are compatible with all 58kHz AM systems and tags. We will also have 8.2Mhz RF specialty tags available that will work with all 8.2Mhz RF EAS systems. So, whether a retailer is looking to complement an existing installation with new specialty tags to extend product protection to new merchandise, or is in need of new systems and sensors for a new store or remodel, ADT Commercial can accommodate their needs.

Gus: Rex, this is an exciting alliance for both organizations and expands ADT's offerings for the nation's retailers - Why now? And what made WG the prefect partner? And how do you see it unfolding in the future?

Rex: We have considered adding EAS to our portfolio in the past, but due to business circumstances, including the merger of ADT and Protection 1 and the ensuing separation of the residential and commercial businesses, the timing was not ideal for the focus we wanted to place on this product line. Now that ADT Commercial is firmly established as a leading systems integrator in the U.S., we felt we could now dedicate the time and attention to expanding our offerings.

We chose WG Security Products, Inc., as our partner for several reasons. First and foremost is their reputation as a decades-long innovator in the Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) solutions industry with an international presence. They also design, manufacture, sell, service and support some of the world's most advanced lines of fully integrated EAS products.

Our strategic alliance with WG Security Products allows ADT Commercial to install and service WG's comprehensive EAS portfolio in retail environments across the U.S., expanding ADT Commercial's breadth of offerings to include the installation, service, and maintenance of EAS solutions.


Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 4 of this Interview.





What Cyber Threat Trends Should Retailers Be Aware Of?
Retail Cybersecurity in an Evolving Threat Landscape
There are several global trends that could lead to challenges for retailers in the coming year. With consumers likely to continue on with more digital approaches to shopping, retailers must look at their industry's place within the larger cybersecurity threat landscape.

Digitally Transformed Customer Experiences with Internet of Things (IoT) Devices
Many contactless payment technologies use IoT to process payments faster and reduce consumer friction. But this can often lead to more issues down the line. For example, when customers choose to pay for an item by tapping their smartwatch screens, they add a new, often insecure, technology at the point of sale, opening a new door for potential cyber threats.

Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) Persevere
The retail industry has always been a fertile ground for collecting personal data. Cardholder data, in particular, provides a rich set of information such as cardholder name, primary account number, and CVV. Malicious actors use stolen credentials to gain access to these systems and networks, disguise themselves as authorized users, and harvest data. In the second half of 2020, malicious actors persevered, increasing their APT activity.

Evolving Retailer Cybersecurity at the Speed of Business

Retailers are evolving their business models at the speed of the cloud and need their cybersecurity programs to be equally agile. With more consumers becoming accustomed to online shopping and new digital experiences, many may never shop the same way again. To protect brand reputation and these new revenue streams, retailers must secure their digital transformation strategies from the beginning, rather than considering them to be an afterthought.

Similarly, retailers must adopt new security practices and the technologies that enable them. For every new security measure organizations put into place, cyber criminals are already looking for new ways to exploit them to gain access to sensitive systems, networks, and applications. This means that retailers need dynamic and adaptive security solutions to protect their environments from attacks that continue to grow in prevalence and sophistication. Whether from an e-commerce or point-of-sale perspective, the retail industry collects, transmits, processes, and stores more digital customer data than ever before. To ensure consistent and secure customer experiences, retailers must take a holistic approach to digital transformation by seeking out technology and platforms that build security into the fabric of connectivity. fortinet.com

Retailers Increasingly Vulnerable to Hackers
Prioritize retail cybersecurity to protect valued shoppers
The retail landscape has drastically changed in recent years, with a major move to e-commerce that only escalated during the pandemic. As more retailers constantly roll out new processes for in-store and online payments, along with digital shopping experiences on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, they become more vulnerable to hackers. And the more data retailers collect, the better the chance of a breach. The only way for retailers to combat cybercriminals in their stores and online is to take a multi-faceted approach.

Retailers should think of themselves as bodyguards, always working to protect their business and customers.

Stay ahead of the bad guys
As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do the hackers. To stay ahead of the bad guys, retailers must consistently reassess and update their security systems to incorporate new technology. While it may be overwhelming at first, as well as expensive, it pays off in the long run. According to insurance carrier Hiscox, digital incidents cost businesses $200,000 on average. You don't want to play an even more costly game of catch-up after a breach; or suffer the biggest loss, which is trusted customers.

Prevent internal breaches
Protecting your customers' sensitive information also begins in-house and with your employees. It's vital to control what employees can access, which could mean limiting them to only what they need for their daily tasks and banning the use of removable media like USB drives and personal laptops/computers at work. Also, employees should go through regular cybersecurity training, which could help them detect scammers who send phishing emails and enable them to correctly respond to fraudulent requests.

Employers should be in constant communication about the latest threats and trends, so employees know how to combat them. That could also look like yearly seminars where retailers and employees are taken through cybersecurity exercises meant to help recognize and stop breaches or attacks.

Lastly, plan for the worst. Every retailer should have a recovery plan in place should a cyberattack occur, including a communications strategy on how to handle the backlash. As the digital world keeps evolving, so should your security practices. bizjournals.com

Security Leaders Still Too Disconnected from Chief Executives
Despite Heightened Cyber-Risks, Few Security Leaders Report to CEO

New report suggests top management at most companies still don't get security.

Despite mounting concerns over data breaches and the growing sophistication of the threat landscape, top management at most organizations still don't appear to view cybersecurity as a business-critical function.

A survey of 1,426 security professionals recently conducted by the Ponemon Institute for LogRhythm found just 7% of organizations represented in the survey had security leaders reporting directly to the CEO. The remaining 93% have their security leaders reporting to other executives, including the chief information officer (24%), director or manager of IT (19%), chief technology officer (12%), vice president of IT (11%), or chief revenue officer (9%).

Far from being close to the CEO, the survey shows the average security leader is, in fact, three levels removed from the chief executive, making it challenging for them to clearly articulate enterprise security risks to top leadership. Most security leaders don't have a direct relationship with the CEO and the board, even though they have complete ownership or significant influence over their organizations' cybersecurity budgets. Respondents to the LogRhythm/Ponemon survey reported an annual security budget of $38 million, or roughly 24% of their organization's average IT budget of $159 million.

"Cybersecurity leaders have assumed more accountability and risk but struggle to achieve the desired security posture because they are not as influential as other members of their peer group," says Mark Logan, CEO of LogRhythm.

Going into the survey, LogRhythm expected to find many CEOs were still failing to recognize the importance of the cybersecurity function, Logan says. Even so, the fact that only 7% of security leaders report directly to the CEO was surprising, he says.

"That is an extremely low percentage considering cybersecurity is a critical business function," he says.

The issue of top management not giving the cybersecurity function and CISOs/CSOs enough attention has been long-standing. Security experts have long noted how the C-suite and boards of directors have often tended to view cybersecurity as a cost center and tactical firefighting operation rather than as a strategic business enabler. Security leaders themselves have often taken the blame for being overly technical and unable to articulate security challenges to the C-suite in terms of business risk and risk management. darkreading.com

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COVID Update

COVID Was a Rude Awakening for Canadian Retailers
Planning for the Worst to Secure Continuity for Retailers and Businesses in Canada During Times of Challenge, Pandemic and Disaster

The pandemic showed that a disaster can strike at any time. Retailers must prepare for the next challenge before it hits.

Circumstances over the past 16 months or so surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, its global spread and the subsequent havoc that it's wreaked on industries and businesses all over the world have served as a stark example of the possible disasters that can strike and the potentially severe impacts that they can have on operations.

Although retailers throughout the country are currently preparing to fully reopen to the public and welcome consumers into a post-pandemic retail environment, Stephen O'Keefe, industry expert and President of retail consultancy Bottom Line Matters, believes that they should also be preparing for the worst, revisiting their organizations' business continuity plans to ensure the viability and capability of their operations during times of disruption.

"The industry has obviously been hit very hard by impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic," he says. "The most obvious consequence has been a loss of sales during the past 16 months or so. However, the far greater and most detrimental result of the pandemic was the shutdown, at least in part, of the industry in cities and provinces across the country and the effect that it has had on people in communities everywhere."

O'Keefe continued, "Everyone is impacted to some extent by retail. People are employed within the industry, providing them with a means to make a living. And people shop at retailers to purchase the items that they need. We saw when the pandemic hit that there were many retail operations that were not able to continue running anywhere near the levels that they could have been running at if they had been prepared. It's such an important industry, serving a significant role in propping up the Canadian economy, that there is an obligation on the part of businesses to maintain optimum operation, despite the disturbance or disruption that might occur."

"And that's exactly when the importance of a comprehensive and thoughtful business continuity plan comes to light. If developed and maintained properly, they're hugely important in helping retailers and other businesses prepare for events like a pandemic, and others, ensuring that any negative impacts to the business are limited, or even mitigated altogether," O'Keefe concluded.

Preparing to respond

He goes on to explain that, in addition to the destruction that the pandemic has brought, it should also serve as an impetus for those operating within the industry to place greater emphasis on the development of their business continuity plans going forward. At the onset of the pandemic, just 12 percent of those asked believed that their businesses were highly prepared for the disturbance and instability that was to follow, with 56 percent rating themselves as somewhat prepared and 11 percent stating that they were either relatively or very unprepared. It's an uncomfortable and uncertain situation that O'Keefe says retailers and other businesses should never find themselves in, and one that they can avoid if the proper business continuity processes are in place and adhered to by the organization. retail-insider.com

Retail Leading the Way in Canada's Reopening
Shoppers Drug Mart launches rapid COVID-19 screening programs to help employers in Alberta safely operate and reopen
Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. announced today COVID-19 antigen screening options for employers in Alberta who want a quick and convenient tool to more safely operate or reopen their businesses. Rapid antigen tests can provide results within 15-20 minutes, giving workplaces additional and readily accessible information to help keep their employees safe.

Widespread rapid screening can provide employers with an early warning system, helping to identify COVID-19 infections before they spread. An antigen screening test can detect an active COVID-19 infection by detecting the presence of antigens - or specific proteins on a virus's surface. Although less sensitive than PCR testing, the antigen screening test can enhance currently available public testing programs, providing faster and more convenient options for employers.

Shoppers Drug Mart has two distinct programs available for businesses in Alberta depending on employers' size, need and location. In partnership with the Government of Canada, small and medium sized organizations can pick up antigen screening tests at any Shoppers Drug Mart location. An online portal is available to easily manage registrations, orders and for tracking results. The rapid screening tests for this initiative are being provided free-of-charge by the Government of Canada for qualifying businesses. Stores will charge a small handling fee for each box of 25 tests. For more details, click here.

Shoppers Drug Mart has also launched an employer-based program that leverages an innovative online portal to support employees as they complete self-assessments, book screening appointments and view results. This program also provides employers with operational dashboards and consolidated reporting to help employers monitor the safety of their workforce. Screening can be done at participating Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw pharmacy locations throughout the province. For more details, click here. ca.finance.yahoo.com

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A Wake-Up Call for Cybersecurity in Canada
The "Tylenol" Moment the Canadian Food Industry Needed Amid Cyber Attacks
Meat processing giant JBS paid out an $11 million ransom following a cyber attack, according to reports. Most of its meat packing facilities, including the one in Alberta, remained idle for a few days. For years, most of us linked the concept of cyber attacks with IT companies, governments, and media. Experts have been warning the food industry for years about the threat of becoming an active target for hackers. What was once purely academic has now become a reality.

Until now, efforts to counter cyber attacks in the industry have been timid, at best. At the very least, it was not an openly discussed topic amongst industry leaders. The fact that the world's largest processor of beef and pork was targeted by hackers earlier this month is certainly a cause for concern and can serve as a major wake-up call. We can easily imagine that other companies like Cargill, Olymel, Maple Ridge Farms, McCain, Maple Leaf, Lassonde, Sysco, Loblaw's, Sobeys, Metro, and other major players could also become a target.

The food industry is a critical piece of our economy, and changes in the industry are making it a more likely target in the future. Operations are adopting high-tech innovations like drones, GPS mapping, soil sensors, autonomous tractors, artificial intelligence and more. These changes in the industry are needed, but they can also make it a primary target. As the industry becomes more data-driven, it will also become more vulnerable to cyber attacks. On the other side of the digital spectrum, many food operations still use outdated operating systems like Windows 98. One can only hope that most management teams in the food industry are reviewing their IT systems and figuring out how vulnerable they are to cyber attacks.

In essence, with the attack on JBS, the food industry has just experienced its own "Tylenol" moment. In 1982, some people tampered with bottles of Tylenol in Chicago-area retail stores and poisoned several people, killing at least seven. Many bottles were laced with potassium cyanide. At the time, bottle packaging practices were not the same and the murderers took the industry completely by surprise. That incident led to significant changes in how bottles were sealed and secured. Hopefully, the JBS incident will also lead to increased security and protection. retail-insider.com

Montreal-Based Scheme Targeted Thousands of Internet Users
How a worldwide subscription scam network was traced back to Montreal

Online users lured to websites through misleading advertising, Radio-Canada investigation finds

A Montreal-based marketing firm is at the heart of a scheme involving a massive network of streaming websites that has scammed thousands of internet users out small amounts totalling hundreds of millions of dollars with promises of free unlimited access to premium content that they do not offer, a Radio-Canada investigation has found.

The websites are run by a Barbados company called Hyuna International and offer users access to movies, books and music.

Users were lured to those sites through false promises and misleading advertising set up by subcontractors collecting commissions from AdCenter, a web marketing company run out of sleek and modern offices in downtown Montreal, the investigation by the disinformation-busting program Décrypteurs found.

The investigation revealed that both AdCenter and Hyuna International are linked to a Canadian businessman, Philip Keezer. This network uses a complicated web of hundreds of nearly identical websites and offshore shell companies to evade scrutiny, according to sources and experts cited in the report.

AdCenter is an affiliate marketing company, a legal and widespread practice. In this type of marketing, partners called affiliates promote goods and services and receive a commission every time a client they refer makes a purchase. Affiliates are not employees, but rather subcontractors.

Unlike other affiliate marketing companies, AdCenter has only one client: Hyuna International. Its affiliates are only paid when they convince someone to use their credit card information to sign up to one of Hyuna's sites. cbc.ca

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Winnipeg, MB: Man who allegedly shot at c-store clerk arrested
Police in Winnipeg say they've caught up with a man suspected of firing off a sawed-off shotgun and almost hitting a convenience store clerk during a recent North End robbery. The robbery happened the morning of June 6 in the 500 block of Selkirk Avenue. Police say two men, one of them armed with the gun, walked into the store and demanded cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

The armed suspect fired off a round, "narrowly missing" the employee, police said. Wednesday, officers on patrol around Flora Avenue and McKenzie street spotted the suspect. He tried to run, police said, but was nabbed. He was "non-compliant" during his arrest, police said, and he and the two arresting officers were injured as a result. cbc.ca

Dog Tracks Down Liquor Store Robbery Crew

Calgary, AB: Police dog bites bystander during arrest of 5 robbery suspects
A police dog bit a bystander in the process of chasing down five individuals alleged to have been involved in a Saturday afternoon robbery of a Calgary liquor store. Police allege the suspects robbed an ACE Liquor store in southeast Calgary at approximately 12:30 p.m. and fled in a stolen vehicle toward Chestermere, Alta.

Police eventually located the suspects in the parking lot of the Calgary Zoo. All five occupants exited the vehicle and proceeded to flee, police said. Two police dogs were sent after the suspects. While chasing one of the suspects, one of the dogs encountered a bystander and bit them.

Police said the dogs' handler went to help the bystander while EMS treated them. The bystander would later be transported to hospital for treatment of their injuries. cbc.ca

Vancouver, BC: $50,000 boulder back on display at B.C. store after heist
A 3,000-pound Jade boulder that was stolen from a B.C. gift shop last year is now on display again. The massive mineral is an iconic landmark in the village of Cache Creek, where it sat outside Cariboo Jade & Gifts for decades until thieves with an excavator stole it overnight shortly before last Christmas. Shortly after the theft, police recovered the thieves' truck and trailer, but not the boulder. It wasn't until after Christmas that someone spotted the stone dumped in a snowy ditch and notified authorities. bc.ctvnews.ca

Knife-wielding bandits rob Whitby drug store

Winnipeg, MB: Suspect busted in connection with c-store armed robbery

Timmins, ON: Woman charged with impaired driving also accused of armed robbery

Police seek gunman behind spate of Ottawa armed robberies

Midland, ON: Man accused of robbing 2 convenience stores 12 hours apart

Barrie, ON: Police seek witnesses to armed robbery

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$5.6 Billion in Sales for Day 1 of Amazon Prime Day
Adobe: First day of Prime Day tops Thanksgiving

Monday, June 21 was the biggest day for online spending so far in 2021.

According to the Adobe Digital Economy Index, total online U.S. sales rose 8.7% from the first day of Amazon Prime Day 2020, making Monday, June 21 the biggest day for online spending to date in 2021. The $5.6 billion-plus amount also surpassed total online revenue for Thanksgiving Day 2020 ($5.1 billion).

Adobe Digital Economy Index also indicates that large retailers ($1 billion-plus in annual revenue) saw a 28% increase in online sales, while smaller retailers (less than $10 million in annual revenue) experienced a 22% lift in e-commerce revenue. Average order value Increased by 2.6%, with the average value of an online basket checked out on June 21 coming in 2.6% higher (at $180) compared to the first 20 days of June ($175).

"The first day of Amazon Prime Day delivered effective gains for both large and small retailers, while also becoming the biggest online shopping day in the U.S. so far this year at $5.6 billion," said Jason Woosley, VP, commerce product and platform, Adobe. "Overall, the first day of Prime Day successfully accelerated spending momentum for U.S. e-commerce to new heights, in an online retail environment that is already experiencing elevated level of growth due to the pandemic." chainstoreage.com

Literally Boxed In
Woman mysteriously received hundreds of Amazon packages that she never ordered

It is still unclear where the packages - containing thousands of face mask brackets - come from.

A woman from Buffalo, New York, mysteriously received hundreds of Amazon packages even though she never ordered them, NBC reported. Jillian Cannan first started receiving the packages on June 5 and initially thought they were ordered by her business partner.

But the boxes - all of which contained thousands of silicone brackets to use inside face masks - kept coming, prompting Cannan to start investigating.

"When I first started receiving the packages, I called Amazon to try and give them back, but they explained to me that they were officially mine to keep since they had been delivered to my home," Cannan told NBC News.

The mother-of-four said she received well over 100 boxes, including some huge parcels that were dropped off on palettes by UPS trucks. Each package was addressed to the family's home, but no sender or return address was marked on the label.

Cannan also said they didn't have her name on them. According to NBC, the boxes were piled so high at one point that nobody could see the family's front door. businessinsider.com

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Sixth Individual Admits Participation in Victoria's Secret $100K Theft Scheme
Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and William S. Walker, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston, announced that SHARNICE JACKSON, 20, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today to a conspiracy offense related to a scheme to defraud Victoria's Secret stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts. According to court documents and statements made in court, Jackson and others were involved in a scheme through which they stole thousands of dollars from L Brands, the parent company of Victoria's Secret stores. As part of the scheme, the co-conspirators shoplifted merchandise from Victoria's Secret stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts. They then returned the shoplifted Victoria's Secret merchandise through a "No Original Receipt" return, which allowed them to obtain gift cards for Victoria's Secret in the value of the stolen merchandise (the "Return Step"). The co-conspirators then redeemed the gift cards at Victoria's Secret stores for merchandise that slightly exceeded the value of the gift card, so that the excess amount was charged to a debit card connected to a co-conspirator (the "Redeem Step"). They then returned the merchandise purchased in the Redeem Step, with the refund for the entire amount credited to the co-conspirator's debit card (the "Refund Step"). Between approximately October 2018 and October 2019, L Brands lost more than $100,000 as a result of this scheme. justice.gov

Palo Alto, CA: 7 Suspects Sought In Latest Palo Alto Handbag Heist; $50,000 In Merchandise Stolen
Police in Palo Alto are searching for at least seven people suspected of stealing $50,000 in handbags Monday, as they investigate possible connections to two recent heists nearby. Investigators said the theft took place at The RealReal on University Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. According to investigators, five of the suspects entered the store and began ripping handbags from their security cables.

A security guard at the store attempted to block the suspects, but they were able to push him out of the way. Police said the guard then followed them out of the store, where he was confronted by two additional suspects who were waiting outside. One of the suspects told the guard "Don't make me pull the gun," police said, but the guard did not see a weapon. Store employees said about 20 bags were stolen. Police said the suspects were described as males in their 20s, who were all wearing face coverings and hooded clothing with the hoods up. ktvu.com

Wilkes-Barre, PA: Three men stole $4,200 worth of electrical wire from Lowe's
Township police say three "hard working men" stole $4,200 worth of electrical wire from Lowe's Home Improvement in Arena Hub Plaza. In a post on the police department's Facebook page Monday, police said three men loaded packages of 12/2 wire onto a cart and failed to pay for the merchandise on June 5. "They must have been in a rush because they forgot to stop and pay for the items at one of the many open registers. They didn't even bother to pretend to go to the self check-out," police posted about the theft. Police also apologized as the theft of 12/2 electrical wire packages most likely impacted anyone needed that type of wire for their weekend project. "We watched some quality videos with high production values showing their exploits. The video was so clear we made popcorn while watching," police posted in reference to the clear surveillance video. Police said the electrical wire packages were loaded into a black Volkswagen Jetta that has a Pennsylvania license plate LHR 2783. "While we can identify one of the males in the photographs...we would love to meet the other two men and remind them to pay for the wire. All in all we gave it four out of five stars. it would have been five, but they lost one star for poor costume choices," police posted in a jab at one of the suspect's clothing. timesleader.com

El Cerrito, CA: Suspect Sought In Grab & Run Robbery At Walgreens
Authorities are searching for a man suspected of stealing at least $500 in goods from an El Cerrito pharmacy last week. Police said the suspect entered the Walgreens located on San Pablo Avenue around 2:50 p.m. on June 16. According to witnesses, the suspect loaded the goods from a display into a basket. When the suspect was confronted by employees at the door, police said he drew a baton and threatened employees. The suspect allegedly also had a firearm in his waistband, which prompted employees to let the suspect go. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

West Whiteland Township, PA: Police investigating a $1,278 electronics theft from Target

Winter Haven, FL: Shoplifter steals nearly $800 in purses from Country Primitives Vintage Market, returns, takes 2 more

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Shootings & Deaths

Update: Clark County, OH: Papa John's employee shot and killed armed robbery suspect
The Clark County Sheriff's Office says it could use the public's help as they investigate an attempted robbery that turned deadly in New Carlisle. One suspect was shot and killed during the attempt, the other got away. This is now the third high profile case we are following in the county, just this month. First it was the June 2 mass shooting, then the death of Eric Cole; those cases, both in Springfield. Now the Clark County Sheriff's Office is handling the attempted robbery at the Papa John's in New Carlisle. "I've never seen it happen in 45 years," New Carlisle resident Neal Zimmerman said. New Carlisle residents were surprised to hear of the attempted robbery at a local Papa John's. This after an employee called 911 claiming men ran into the store with weapons, the caller said another employee with his conceded carry shot one suspect who later died another got away. Lt. Shultz says they have developed new information and new evidence in this New Carlisle case but they are not able to tell me what that is yet. He says if the public knows anything about what happened Sunday night to call the Clark County Sheriff's Office. dayton247now.com

Luray, VA: Virginia State Police investigates Armed hostage situation inside C-Store; suspect killed
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting the investigation into the shooting incident, which involves personnel from state police, Town of Luray Police, Town of Shenandoah Police, Page County Sheriff's Office and National Park Police. Sgt. Brent Coffey with Virginia State Police tells WHSV the local, state and federal law enforcement had responded en masse to an emergency 911 call for an armed male subject having taken people hostage inside a convenience store in the Town of Luray. He says the call came in around noon and the responding law enforcement personnel staged in the parking lot outside the store. For an extended period of time, law enforcement personnel worked to verbally engage the armed male subject via a loudspeaker, according to Coffey. He adds the man refused to cooperate with law enforcement's repeated commands to put down his weapon and safely exit the building. During the course of the attempted negotiations, he did come to the front of the store and open the door and then retreat back inside. At approximately 1:15 p.m., VSP reports the man exited through the front doors of the store with a long gun that he pointed at law enforcement. Law enforcement at the scene fired at the male subject. He died at the scene. nbc12.com

Update: Linn County, IA: The Linn County Sheriff's Office is identifying a deputy, shot during a C-Store Robbery
William Halvorson is a seven year veteran with the Sheriff's Office. He's hospitalized in serious, but stable condition, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Halvorson was shot late Sunday night in Coggon, north of Cedar Rapids. He'd been responding to Casey's General Store robbery when he was shot multiple times. Officers arrested 36-year-old robbery suspect Stanley Donahue of Chicago Monday afternoon after a 14-hour manhunt. Donahue was spotted on Highway 13. A KCRG news crew saw a person matching the description of the suspect and contacted law enforcement. Donahue is facing Attempted Murder, First Degree Robbery, and Possession of a Firearm as a Felon.  1430kasi.iheart.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

LP Razor Wire?
UK: Middlesbrough, England Shopkeeper fills store with RAZOR WIRE after being burgled 6 times in just three years
Fed-up Parvez Akhtar has resorted to the unorthodox security measures at his Fix a Phone store in Middlesbrough after thugs continued to target the small business. The 50-year-old has had to wrap the inside and outside of his store in sharp razor wire to help deter thieves that have cost him tens of thousands of dollars. "Every seven to eight months within three years I have reported break-ins," Mr Akhtar explained. "The first time they cut the roof and came inside to take some of my iPhones away." The looters stole around 25 phones - amassing to a loss of around $21,000 - in the first break in, which were never recovered. Mr Akhtar stepped up security measures after the burglary and had to splash out $2,500 on a more secure door, as well as forking out $50 a month for a police alarm. He then decided to deck his store out in razor wire for an added layer of protection, putting it in front of the counter, underneath the ceiling, and on top of the roof. He even installed a CCTV system to keep a watchful eye on his shop that he can view from his television at home. "The second time they cut the roof again. But on this occasion they just left because I had put razor wire down behind the counter under the roof so they couldn't get in. thesun.co.uk

New York, NY: SoHo store employee slashed during confrontation with alleged robber
NYPD have launched a search for a man who allegedly slashed an employee at a clothing store during a robbery in Manhattan last Friday. It happened around 12:15 p.m. at the NC Outlet along Broadway and Grand Street, police said. The suspect entered the store and placed clothing inside a bag and walked out without paying for it, according to police. When the 24-year-old store employee confronted him on the sidewalk, the suspect dropped the bag and cut the employee on the forehead with a sharp object, authorities said. The suspect fled, and the victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released, cops said. pix11.com

Niles, OH: Police say vehicle was used to force entry into Target store
Police are investigating the burglary of Target in Niles and are asking for help from the community. Shortly before midnight, officers responded to a commercial burglar alarm at the store in the Eastwood Mall. Upon arrival, officers found a vehicle was used to force entry into the fire exit doors. Two LG flat-screen televisions were taken. Officers said the driver that smashed through the doors left some of the car behind. Police found a piece of an inside lift gate trim from a 2007-2014 Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX. wkbn.com

Honolulu, HI: Police searching for Home Depot thief wanted on a $20K bench warrant
The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) is searching for 47-year-old Andrew Debutiaco who is wanted on a $20,000 bench warrant for violating probation. It stems from a theft case after police say he was caught stealing nearly $400 worth of items from the Kapolei Home Depot in 2013. Debutiaco has seven prior convictions. kitv.com

Escambia County Sheriff's Office investigating string of Armed Robberies

Pittsburgh, PA: Man charged in multi-state robbery spree, C-Stores & restaurants




C-Store - Centralia, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Boston, MA - Robbery
C-Store - Hatfield Township, PA - Robbery
C-Store - Gastonia, NC - Robbery
C-Store - Newark, NJ - Armed Robbery
Clothing - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Gwinnett County, GA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Cambridge, MD - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Chicago, IL - Robbery
Grocery - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Guns - Sunnyside, WA - Burglary
Handbags - Palo Alto, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Douglasville, GA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Pigeon Forge, TN - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Philadelphia, PA - Burglary
Target - Niles, OH - Burglary
Walgreens - El Cerrito, CA - Robbery
Walmart - Milwaukee, WI - Robbery


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

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