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James C. Schroeder promoted to Asset Protection Manager of Projects, Systems and Technology for Saks Fifth Avenue

James has been with Saks Fifth Avenue for more than four years, starting with the company in 2019. Before his promotion to AP Manager of Projects, Systems and Technology, he served as Asset Protection Manager of Investigations. Prior to Saks Fifth Avenue, he spent more than two years as AP Manager of Investigations for Lord & Taylor. Earlier in his career, he held roles with National Stores Inc., Bloomingdale's, Sports Authority, Loehmann's, and The Home Depot. Congratulations, James!

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ADT’s Chief Business Officer discusses SMART Monitoring and more on the ‘Tech It Out’ podcast

ADT Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer Wayne Thorsen recently sat down with Marc Saltzman of the “Tech It Out” podcast, which aims to translate “geek speak” into “street speak.” The pair discussed how ADT SMART Monitoring, the ADT+ app, and the DIY offering ADT Self Setup are interconnected in the ADT | Google partnership. Below are some highlights from their conversation. Click here to listen to the entire podcast.  

Thorsen explains how ADT’s SMART Monitoring operates, and how it is superior to traditional alarm video verification.  

“With SMART Monitoring, we pull all the video from the cameras, and the machine learning will look for anomalies and things of that nature that led up to the situation. This allows you not to just understand if there was an event to verify, but also to provide details and context for what the event was.”  

SMART Monitoring technology also helps reduce false alarms and improve emergency response time. Customers can verify an alarm or cancel a false alarm with ADT’s Alarm Messenger. 

“The alarm verification reduces false alarms in some cases by over 50%. This is a massive thing for security,” Thorsen said. “Not only does SMART Monitoring reduce false alarms, but it accelerates response time from emergency services.”

Consumers want innovation, simplicity and safety. The Google/ADT partnership offers just that — available via ADT Self Setup or pro-Install — featuring Google Nest product integrations and ADT’s SMART Monitoring and devices.  adt.com    

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact


Retail crime is a 'spiraling problem' in Kansas, the state's AG says, as rising drug use leads to a surge in shoplifting in Wichita

  • Organized retail crime is rising in Wichita, Kansas, according to a report by CNN.
  • Rising drug use in the area is leading to a surge in shoplifting, local crime officials say.
  • Items being targeted include Lego sets, jewelry, beauty products, and Tide detergent.

Wichita, Kansas, is becoming a hotbed for retail crime, according to a report by CNN.

Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach told CNN that it was a "spiraling problem" in the state that left both store employees and the general public "frustrated."

"To see this much retail crime, it's shocking," Captain Casey Slaughter, who leads Wichita Police Department's property crimes bureau, told CNN.

Retail crime is rising across the US. Organized retail crime at retailers was 26.5% higher in 2021 than in the previous year, according to a study by the National Retail Federation.

It's a problem in Wichita, too. Retail theft in the city in 2023 so far is up 35% over the five-year average, Slaughter told CNN.

Slaughter said that thieves were "basically taking anything that can be quickly carried out of the store," and would often sell them on online marketplaces or at small stores afterwards. He said that the most stolen items reported by retailers included expensive clothing and footwear, Lego sets, jewelry, beauty products, sporting goods, power tools, and Tide detergent.

"Property crime is an emerging problem in Wichita," Joe Sullivan, Wichita's police chief, said at a Sedgwick County board of commissioners meeting in April. "I'm very concerned about the sudden rise in burglary and retail theft."

One of the city's Victoria's Secret stores loses around $30,000 a month to theft, the fourth-highest of the retailer's stores in the US, Sullivan said. He added that outdoor leisure retailer Cabela's said that its Wichita store was its worst for loss nationwide.

"There's a small number of people committing the vast majority of this large number of crimes," Sullivan said.

In Derby, a smaller city to the south of Wichita, retail crime is primarily from big box stores, the city's police chief Robert Lee said during an April meeting.

"What we see now is much more organized rings of shoplifters," Lee said. "We see them where they can more easily dispose of the property that they steal quickly: They don't have to go to pawn shops anymore, they just take care of it on social media and sell it that way, but we see them now much more likely to confront store employees, confront the police, and use extraordinary means to facilitate their escape. We see a lot of high-speed pursuits as results of shoplifts."

Local crime officials say that drugs, and in particular fentanyl, a synthetic drug like heroin but 50 times more potent, appear to be driving a lot of the retail crime. Drug-associated deaths by Sedgwick County residents increased by 91% from 2015 to 2020, according to county data, largely due to a sharp rise in opioid-associated deaths.  businessinsider.com


The nationwide reckoning over how to respond to open-air drug markets.
It's like trying to close Pandora's box after letting her run free for years.

The root cause of so much of the spike in property crimes in major cities

The downward spiral is causing retailers to close stores and sending cities into 'doom loops'.  With tax bases eroding, police forces frozen to act and unable to fill their ranks, homeless populations growing 9% last year with no end in site

Unable to really analyze the depth of the property crime problem

Since 2015, homelessness in Los Angeles has increased by 70% in the county and 80% in the city and spiked again 9% since last year.

LA County is the nation’s most populous, with about 10 million people. More than 1 in 5 of all homeless people in the U.S. live in the county, based on a 2022 federal tally.

Homelessness rose in the U.S. after pandemic aid dried up

Homeless Numbers Rise in U.S. Cities

The number of homeless people counted on streets and in shelters around the U.S. has broadly risen this year, according to a Wall Street Journal review of data from around the nation.

The Journal reviewed data from 150 entities that count homeless people in areas ranging from cities to entire states. More than 100 places reported increases in early 2023 counts compared with 2022, and collectively, their numbers indicate the U.S. might see a sharper climb than in recent years. Most major urban areas reporting data so far have seen increases, including Chicago, Miami, Boston and Phoenix.

Community Shelter Board, a government-supported organization that reported a 22% homeless increase in the Columbus, Ohio-area.

The Journal received data from 67 of the 100 locales with the highest homeless counts last year, along with many others. Preliminary data show 48 of those 67 reported an increase this year, with combined counts up 9% from the numbers HUD published for those places in 2022 and 13% since 2020. Some places said comparisons to 2020 are better because of counting disruptions during the pandemic.

If this trend holds, the U.S. could notch a sharper climb after several recent years of smaller recorded increases  aol.com


Minneapolis Homicides Up 65% & Shootings Doubled Since 2019

A federal consent decree will make policing more difficult and expensive without reducing crime.

There’s no doubt that Minneapolis is in crisis. Police resignations and retirements have shrunk the number of sworn officers by 35% since the unrest of 2020. While the city’s 2023 budget contains funding for 731 officers to protect and serve Minneapolis’s 425,000 residents, the department currently only has 571 officers—496 of whom are assigned to the division that answers 911 calls. And while the post-Floyd upsurge of violence ebbed slightly in 2022, Minneapolis is still a much more dangerous city than it was a few years ago. Last year the number of homicides was 65% higher than in 2019, while reports of gunfire and the number of shooting victims doubled over that period.

The Justice Department announced last week that the Minneapolis Police Department will operate under a federal consent decree.   An investigation sparked by the 2020 killing of George Floyd determined that the city unlawfully discriminates against blacks and Native Americans in its enforcement activities. The terms of federal oversight are yet to be negotiated, but Minneapolis officials should think twice before signing on the dotted line. These agreements typically make effective policing more difficult and expensive without significantly reducing crime. wsj.com


Retail Wire Today: Should Costco Be Going To War Against Card Sharers?

The confirmation comes after posts on social media showed shoppers venting about at Costco employees asking for their ID cards again at the checkout line. Costco reintroduced self-checkout in 2019.

Costco in a media statement said it has always asked for membership cards at regular checkout and  the photo-checking extends the policy to self-checkout. The statement read, “Our membership policy states that our membership cards are not transferable and since expanding our self-service checkout, we’ve noticed that non-member shoppers have been using membership cards that do not belong to them. We don’t feel it’s right that non-members receive the same benefits and pricing as our members.”

Some social media complainers noted that they were making purchases for their elderly parent. Some felt harassed by Costco’s staff asking for their photo ID. Wrote one angry Redditor, “I get WHY they are doing it, but they need better training because these employees are treating people like we’re all there to shoplift.”  retailwire.com


Friday: Costco's New Self-Checkout  Security Procedures Backfiring

Sounds Like Costco Has Self-Checkout Shrink Issues
Abrupt Policy Change for Costco - Who pride themselves on never having any shrink issues!

Costco customer says interrogation triggered by new ID policy offended her

Longtime Costco customer Leronda Jackson was offended Wednesday when an employee at the retailer’s Centerville store claimed Jackson’s face didn’t match the one on the back of her membership ID card.

Costco nationwide recently announced a new policy that calls for employees to check store membership ID cards against the person using them, especially at the self-check registers, because nonmembers have been using other people’s cards.

Wednesday evening, Jackson recounted: It all began with a random interrogation at the self-scan registers, Jackson said, and tensions rose from there.

“The young lady just said, ‘I’m going to need to check your card. We’re doing facial recognition. It’s our new policy.’ I said, Yeah, I heard about it.” (Ed. Note: And they actually labeled it as facial recognition)

So, the Englewood woman said she gave the employee her membership card -- complete with the color photo of Jackson on the back.

She said, ‘Well, this is not you. ' "

“And I said, It says Leronda Jackson. That is me. So she said, ‘No, I’m saying this picture is not the person I’m looking at.’ "

“I said, Look, that’s me, That is my card. And then as my voice began to raise, she said, ‘Well, I’m sorry, it’s the lighting in the store and maybe I don’t have good eyes today.’ "

Jackson finished scanning and paying for her items and left. She returned a while later to speak with an assistant manager, who offered an apology. The assistant manager chalked it up to a “training issue,” Jackson said.

Jackson said she also has shared her experience on her Facebook page, which is called “Black Women Who Love Costco.”

“You’d be surprised how many people have had this happen,” Jackson said.


The 'E' in Email Stands for Evidence

Email Comments Will Be Used as Evidence

"Email has become to civil law what DNA has become to criminal law: a rich source of indisputable evidence that can change case outcomes on a dime."

Managers typically write hundreds of emails each day, and as a result, email has become an often-casual means of communicating quick thoughts and ideas. The same goes for instant messages and other forms of electronic chatting.

"And it's just this casual informality that makes it all so concerning," Nowak said. Every electronic communication that a manager writes "has the potential of being blown up on a large video screen and placed in front of a jury as evidence of their state of mind at the time they wrote it—a state of mind that may reveal some form of ill intent that they allegedly harbored against a plaintiff/ex-employee based on that individual's age, race, disability or other protected status." 

Never Attempt to Destroy Electronic Evidence

Simply deleting a problematic email may be a mistake for several reasons. First, deleting electronic communication may be ineffective because it often can be recovered after it's deleted.

"Even worse, deliberately or even accidentally destroying evidence relevant to a legal dispute may lead to claims of spoliation of evidence,"

Codifying the Damage Is Dangerous - Descriptive Words Are Not Your Friend - Employ the Attorney-Client Privilege Properly shrm.com


‘It Can Be a Bit Polarizing’—Finance Chiefs Weigh Return-to-Office

Worker morale. Productivity. Cutting costs. CFOs explain what they are thinking about with return-to-office policies.

The return-to-office discussion has upended the workplace

So far, most U.S. companies—51%—are opting for some kind of hybrid-work arrangement, according to a report covering more than 4,000 companies conducted by hybrid-workplace software company Scoop. The share of people in the office under a so-called structured-hybrid work arrangement, which requires workers in the office a set number of days, increased to 30% in the second quarter of this year, up from 20% in the first quarter, according to Scoop. Fully flexible work arrangements, which are defined as remote working all of the time or letting employees decide if and when they are in, dropped 3 percentage points, to 28%, in the second quarter.  

Many finance chiefs are stuck somewhere in the middle, toeing the company line on issues such as the effect on workers’ morale, productivity and the potential bottom-line impact of unused office space. Yet on a human level, many empathize with workers’ view on the return-to-office question and what’s more, welcome the ability to work from home themselves.  wsj.com


NRF: 2023 Top 100 Retailers

NRF’s annual look at the top U.S. retailers based on sales rankings

Following years of unrelenting change, the country’s Top 100 retailers have delivered a surprise: greater consistency than expected. David Marcotte, senior vice president for Kantar, says other than just a few exceptions, “everybody grew, and at more or less the same rate.”

Walmart takes the top spot on this year’s list with $499.65 billion in U.S. retail sales for the year, growth of 7.8%. Amazon.com follows with sales of $232.46 billion, growth of 6.7%. Costco Wholesale, The Kroger Co. and The Home Depot once again round out the top five, although this year the grocer — thanks to the impact of the supply chain and other factors in the supermarket sector — has jumped a spot above the home improvement store.  nrf.com



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The running list of major retail bankruptcies

From Toys R Us to J.C. Penney, many retailers have filed over the past few years. Here’s who has fallen victim since 2017.  retaildive.com

2023 - 9 So Far

Rockport Group files Ch. 11
Christmas Tree Shops files Ch. 11
Bed Bath & Beyond files Ch. 11
David’s Bridal files Ch. 11
Shoe City files Ch. 11
Tuesday Morning Ch. 11
Independent Pet Partners files Ch. 11
Party City files Ch. 11
Forma Brands files Ch. 11


Rite Aid could be looking at more store closings

Rite Aid announced during its Q1 earnings call that it closed 25 stores during the opening months of the fiscal year, and more could be on the horizon.  Since late 2021 Rite Aid has shuttered 180 stores. supermarketnews.com


Dollar General goes cashierless at one store in North Carolina

Walmart Tests 1,500 sq. ft. tiny stores, 'General Markets', in popular vacation spots.

Christmas Tree Shops to Liquidate All Stores


Last week's #1 article --

Police Video From Texas Mall Shooting Released

Allen, Texas Mall Shooting Bodycam Footage Released
Allen mall video shows officer breathless, alone as he tracks down, kills shooter

The footage released Wednesday is the first detailed look at police response to the mass shooting at Allen Premium Outlets.

In the first detailed look at police response to the mass shooting at Allen Premium Outlets, body-cam footage released Wednesday shows the moments a lone officer ran toward rapid gunfire and ended the deadly rampage.

"This video shows how quickly a routine interaction with the public turned into a life-and-death situation," Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey said in a news release. "The officer recognized the danger, ran toward the gunfire and neutralized the threat - and for his actions, the Allen community is forever grateful."

Gunfire erupted outside the mall May 6, killing eight people, wounding at least seven and traumatizing hundreds more. The officer whose body camera footage was released fatally shot the gunman. He was nearby on an unrelated call. dallasnews.com

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How CISOs can make themselves ready to serve on the board

CISOs interested in board positions must focus on acquiring the right skills that complement their cybersecurity knowledge. Some ways to do that include venturing into new industries or consultant roles as well as through training and certifications.

Spurred on by impending regulatory requirements and global cyber risks, corporate boards of directors are actively on the hunt for cybersecurity expertise. As a result, corporate governance experts believe that well-rounded CISOs will soon become a hot commodity for board recruitment.

However, not all CISO resumes are created equally. Newer CISOs without a lot of experience in the boardroom may need some time to bolster their risk management experience and communication skills before they’re even remotely ready for a director role. And even the most experienced security executives may need to make a concerted effort to broaden their skills and corporate governance expertise to help them meet the demands of directorship.

This is why CISOs interested in getting ready to serve on a board will need to take a strategic tack to their professional development. Doing so means seeking out the right mix of new experiences, governance education, and networking to burnish their reputations and attract the attention of boards with open seats.  csoonline.com


Kroll Publishes 2023 fraud and financial crime report

56% of Business Leaders Are Incorporating AI Into Cybersecurity

AI’s use in cybersecurity efforts is already taking place to protect areas of businesses that are now data-reliant.

According to new data from Kroll, which surveyed 400 global business leaders, AI’s greatest impact outside of automation and remedial duties may be within the cybersecurity realm. In the advisory firm’s 2023 fraud and financial crime report, surveyors report that over half (56%) of business leaders use AI in their latest cybersecurity efforts. 


Increased Crime and Spending

Hackers prowl for those expanding their tech stack without considering the cybersecurity implications. Data shows nearly 69% of business leaders believe financial crime will rise over the next 12 months. 

“The survey results show that firms face a perfect storm as financial crime risks increase and get more complex,” said David Lewis, global head of anti-money laundering (AML) advisory for Kroll. “[Business leaders] are not fully confident in the effectiveness of their defenses and will undoubtedly rush to embrace technology to solve all their problems.”

AI-inspired products within the cybersecurity space, still early in their rollout, may become a hot commodity in the data protection community. According to findings, over two-thirds (67%) of business leaders plan on investing in new technologies within these areas. 

Tools being integrated include fraud monitoring technology (91%), customer identification and verification databases (87%), and AML transaction monitoring (86%).

Customer onboarding, which can go overlooked when analyzing cybersecurity impacts, is a crucial point for AI’s role in cybersecurity. Using AI to detect abnormalities in onboarding processes proactively means a breach can be halted before it begins. Proactive AI-inspired initiatives like it can help detect potential scammers.   cfo.com


Experian’s 2023 Identity and Fraud Report

Experian’s eighth annual identity and fraud report found that consumers continue to express concerns with online security, and while businesses are concerned with fraud, only half fully understand its impact – a problem we previously explored in last year’s global fraud report. In our latest report, we explore today’s evolving fraud landscape and influence on identity, the consumer experience, and business strategies.

We surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. consumers and 200 U.S. businesses about their concerns, priorities, and investments for our 2023 Identity and Fraud Report

To identify and treat each fraud type appropriately, you need a layered approach that keeps up with ever-changing fraud and applies the right friction at the right time using identity verification solutions, real-time fraud risk alerts, and enterprise orchestration. This method can reduce fraud risks and help provide a more streamlined, unified experience for your consumers. To learn more about our findings and how to implement an effective solution, download Experian’s 2023 Identity and Fraud Report.


Center for Internet Security, CREST launch new enterprise cybersecurity accreditation scheme

New program aims to provide organizations a way to show customers and partners their cybersecurity posture meets certain standards.

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) and international information security certification body CREST have announced a new joint cybersecurity accreditation initiative for organizations. The CIS Controls Accreditation program aims to provide companies a way to show customers and partners that their cybersecurity posture meets the best practice guidance as set forth in the CIS Critical Security Controls (CIS Controls), a set of globally recognized best practices for improving an enterprise's cybersecurity posture, the pair said. It is the first initiative pairing the CIS Controls with a program to deliver accredited consulting, they added.  csoonline.com





The FTC has proposed new rules that clarify what is and isn’t a deceptive online review — and would give it the power to fine $50,000 for each fake

It’s the biggest step to date by the federal government to deter the insidious market for buying and selling fake reviews, though the FTC’s rules don’t do as much to hold big review sites like Yelp, Google, Tripadvisor and Amazon directly accountable.

As many as 30 percent to 40 percent of online reviews are fabricated or otherwise not genuine, consumer advocacy groups and researchers like U.S. PIRG estimate.

There are global businesses dedicated to generating fake reviews for scammers and merchants looking for a shortcut. And the problem threatens to explode in an era of artificial intelligence like ChatGPT that can generate remarkably humanlike writing.

The rules apply not only to the people who write fake reviews, but also the middlemen who procure them and the companies who pay for them and know — or should have known — they were fake.

The rules also forbid a few more shady tactics such as review “hijacking.” That’s when a merchant takes a product listing page filled with legitimate reviews and swaps in a different product that those customers never actually used. (Earlier this year, the FTC made its first enforcement action for this practice, fining a supplement maker $600,000 for doing this on Amazon.)  washingtonpost.com


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Ex-Amazon Manager Gets 16 Years In $9M Fraud Scheme


DOJ: Waco Woman Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud in Eastern District of Texas

SHERMAN, Texas - Ashley Renee Cagle, 43, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and access device fraud and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison

According to information presented in court, Cagle was arrested by McKinney Police Department officers in May of 2021 when she was found to be in possession of stolen United States mail along with multiple credit and debit cards.  Further investigation showed that Cagle engaged in wire fraud when she passed a check using another person’s driver license number at a Wal Mart in the Eastern District of Texas.  According to information presented during the sentencing hearing, six businesses suffered financial losses as a result of Cagle’s fraudulent check passing scheme.  During the sentencing hearing, Judge Mazzant noted Cagle’s extensive criminal history and the need for protection of the public when he sentenced Cagle to a term of ten years in federal prison.  justice.gov


Three Charged with Stealing 41 Firearms from La Crosse County Gun Shop

MADISON, WIS. – The indictment charges Robert E. Benson, 18, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Mackey K. Drake, 22, also of La Crosse, and Nehemiah J. Sample, 26, Trempealeau, Wisconsin with stealing 41 firearms from a federally licensed firearms business located in the Village of Rockland, Wisconsin. The indictment alleges that the firearms were stolen on April 25, 2023. The indictment also charges Drake with being a felon in possession of firearms.

If convicted, Benson, Drake, and Sample each face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on the charge of stealing the firearms.  Drake also faces a maximum penalty of 15 years on the felon in possession of firearms charge. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  justice.gov


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Venice, CA: $700K worth of wine and merchandise stolen from Venice wine store.

Burglars broke into a high-end wine store in Venice, stealing $700,000 worth of wine. The break-in happened around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday at Lincoln Fine Wines, a high-end wine store in Venice. The store is still waiting for the Los Angeles Police Department to send a detective, but it is not waiting to get the word out because the robbers may have a dilemma on their hands, once they try to sell everything they stole. “Château d'yquem here, a dessert wine from Bourdeaux. $500 a bottle,” said Nick Martinelli, a wine buyer at Lincoln Fine Wines. Martinelli is the wine buyer at Lincoln Fine Wines, where he says at least two robbers took bottles that were twice that price. He says the thieves sawed a square hole in the ceiling, lowered themselves down with a rope and proceeded to steal upwards of $700,000 dollars worth of merchandise. As many as 700 bottles, Martinelli says, some worth more than $3,000 dollars each. From château petrus to château la fite.

La Verne, CA: Robber throws chair at employee during $300,000 Jewelry store Smash & Grab.

Authorities in California are searching for robbers who stole $300,000 from a jewelry store and threw a chair at an employee. Police are looking into whether it could be connected to another jewelry store heist from a few days ago. Surveillance video from Rodeo Jewelers shows an explosion of glass as a white car plows through the front of the store. It takes a few seconds for the four men inside to crawl out and start cracking the display cases open with hammers.

Chicago, IL: Chicago police investigating burglary at Dior store in Gold Coast.

Burglars broke into a Dior store in the Gold Coast Monday night, Chicago police said. Officers responded to the store in the 900-block of North Rush Street at about 9 p.m. and found the rear entrance of the luxury retailer was pried open. Police searched the store, but did not find a suspect. Several items were stolen from the store. The exact value of the stolen goods was not immediately known.

Spartanburg County, SC: The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said deputies are investigating after someone allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from Inman Lawn and Garden.

Deputies said they responded to Inman Lawn and Garden at around 3:30 a.m. after the business’ alarm went off.

Ridgewood, NY: : Update: The 104th Precinct Detective Squad is searching for a man who stole $7,337 worth of merchandise from The Children’s Place store in Ridgewood last month.

Police say the thief entered The Children’s Place, at 57-37 Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood, at approximately 5:55 p.m. on Monday, June 26. The crook told a 20-year-old woman he would stab her if she approached him, before exiting with the merchandise.


Fresno, CA: 2 arrested after being found with truck full of stolen items in Fresno.

Two people are in custody and a third is still on the loose following a burglary and pursuit in central Fresno on Tuesday. Police were called to Cedar and Shields avenues around 3 am for reports of a burglary at a consignment store. Officers spotted a U-Haul truck leaving the scene. A short chase ended when a man and woman got out of the truck and ran on shields and eighth street. The man was found hiding in a nearby backyard and was arrested.

Police are still looking for the woman. A third person was found in the back of the U-haul truck and was also taken into custody. Officers found stolen items inside the truck. It's unknown if they all belong to one location or are from several burglaries.

York County, PA : Police seeking suspect in $13,000 Collectables/ Card Shop Burglary

Sweetwater, FL: Police arrest 2 of 4 after theft of high-priced item from Home Depot

Mission Viejo, CA: Woman Accused Of Shoplifting From South OC Target, stolen truck and multiple stolen credit cards and ID’s.

Town of Chenango, NY – Police searching for man after $700 Lowe’s robbery

Shootings & Deaths

Waldorf, MD: Man charged in stealing forklift from Lowe's, killing woman in Home Depot parking lot.

A 20-year-old man was arrested and charged in a deadly hit-and-run with a stolen forklift in Charles County, Maryland over the weekend. According to the Charles County Sheriff's Office, officers responded to a burglary and theft in progress at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in the 2500 block of Crain Highway around 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, July 2. Authorities said 20-year-old Bryce Caleb Timothy Brown, of Waldorf, allegedly broke into the store, stole a forklift and rammed it through the rear gates. He then left the Lowe's on the forklift and took it over to the Home Depot on Jefferson Farm Place. That's where the sheriff's office said he rammed the forklift into a car.

San Bernardino County, CA: Gas station clerk dies in armed robbery. 16 year old arrested.

Deputies from San Bernardino County in California arrested a 16-year-old teen in the robbery and murder of a 27-year-old Indian store clerk at a Mobile Gas Station.

It was 6:21 pm on Thursday, June 29 when the Hesperia Sherriff’s Station responded to reports of gunshots at the gas station. Deputies found Parveen Singh lying on the ground injured by a gunshot wound upon approaching the scene. After being taken to a nearby hospital, Singh did not survive his injuries. As for the suspect, he was located a block away from the station according to the sheriff’s office. While officials hold him at High Desert Juvenile Hall, the 16-year-old is facing murder and robbery charges.

San Antonio, TX: Security guard charged after shooting man causing 'disturbance' in south-side store.

A security guard was arrested and charged for aggravated assault after shooting a 40-year-old man who was "bothering customers" in a south-side store Monday evening, officials with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) say. Police say the gunfire unfolded around 7:20 p.m. when the unidentified victim refused to comply with security officers' demands and began walking towards the now-arrested guard outside the store. That guard shot once, hitting the man in the leg. The victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, according to SAPD. It's unknown what company the 38-year-old security guard was contracted with.

Baltimore, MD: Man receives life sentence for 2019 murder of Carmen Rodriguez in Southeast Baltimore restaurant/ deli.

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

(video) Lancaster, CA: Sheriff's Department opens Use of Force Investigation into altercation outside Grocery store.

Video of a confrontation involving Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies in a Lancaster grocery store parking lot is now part of a departmental use of force investigation. Witness and body-worn camera videos captured the encounter June 24 when deputies from the Lancaster Sheriff's Station responded to a 911 report of a robbery at a WinCo store in the 700 block of West Avenue. Deputies approached a man and woman in the parking lot who matched a description provided by store security of the person sought in the robbery report, according to the department. As deputies tried to detain the man and woman in the parking lot, the "encounter escalated into a use of force," according to the sheriff's department. Body-worn camera video shows deputies placing the man in handcuffs before they approach a woman who appeared to be recording the arrest on her phone. "You can't touch me," the woman told the deputies as she was grabbed.

Witness video showed her being thrown to the ground seconds later.

Washington, DC: Police search for suspect who threw explosives at Nike store, bank, grocery store in DC.

Police are searching for the person who hurled explosives at several Northeast D.C. businesses mere minutes apart early Sunday morning.

Around 4:30 a.m., someone detonated an explosive device on the sidewalk outside of the ATM at a Truist Bank before fleeing the area in a vehicle, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Damage was reported at the location. Six minutes later, someone detonated a second explosive device on the sidewalk in front of a Nike store before again fleeing in a vehicle, police said. Damages were reported. Then, at 4:45 a.m., authorities said a person threw a Molotov cocktail-style object at a Safeway grocery store then fled the scene in a vehicle, again causing damage. In each of these incidents, police said it appears the suspect targeted businesses and not individual people. There were no reported injuries.

Vancouver, Canada: 2 days, 45 arrests, $5K stolen items recovered at Metrotown

Renton, WA: Gas station employee stabbed, suspect struck with baseball bat during attempted robbery.

East Windsor, CT: Hatchet-wielding man gets 18 months for robbing gas station

Boston, MA: 23-year-old charged for armed robbery at Saks Fifth Avenue

Keene, NH: 1 of 2 men in Home Depot robbery granted bail; other to be held in jail

Chicago, IL: Two men are charged with robbing a T-Mobile store at gunpoint in Uptown.




Daily Totals:
• 37 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 1 shootings
• 1 stabbed
• 1 killed

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