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Stephen Prettyman promoted to Senior Manager - Asset Protection Investigations for The Home Depot

Stephen has been with The Home Depot for nine years, starting with the company in 2013 as Asset Protection Manager. Before his promotion to Senior Manager - Asset Protection Investigations, he served as Corporate Manager of Investigations for three years, Senior Investigator for a year and a half, and Central Investigator for over two years. Earlier in his career, he held LP roles with Kmart, TJX Companies and Target. Congratulations, Stephen!

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Using Spy Technology to Fight ORC?
Commentary: The fight against excessive surveillance continues across the country

An effort to close Maine's 'fusion center' stalled in the Legislature, but efforts to limit police use of spy technology have not gone away.

Two years ago, an unidentified hacker collective compromised 251 police websites, exfiltrating 270 gigabytes of data and exposing a massive system of public-private surveillance: the regional offices of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program created in the 1990s; the "fusion centers" established after 9/11 to share information across all levels of government; the privately-run "organized retail crime alliances" set up in the last decade by corporate retailers to track shoplifters.

The transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets named this unredacted archive of police data "BlueLeaks" and published it on Juneteenth 2020. We have yet to fully reckon with its implications.

In Maine, BlueLeaks broke furthest and fastest. The hacks compromised the already-controversial Maine Information and Analysis Center (MIAC), a "fusion center" run by the Maine State Police. In May 2020, a state trooper blew the whistle, alleging that the MIAC illegally gathered and retained data on Mainers, including many suspected of no crime.

Drawing on BlueLeaks, journalists found that the MIAC had shift from counterterrorism to "routine crimes." Subsequent peer-reviewed scholarship confirmed this point, countering vague claims from MIAC leadership about MIAC's role preventing violence with hard evidence that reveals the spy center remains "almost exclusively preoccupied with property crime, violent crime, drugs and homelessness."

In response, legislators proposed two bills in 2021. An effort to close the spy center passed the house but failed in the senate. Another bill requiring an annual report on the MIAC from the State Police became law, creating a self-policing "surveillance bureaucracy."

Police, in other words, are using surveillance systems with no oversight. Maine recently became the first state to regulate law enforcement use of facial recognition surveillance.

The fight against police surveillance continue and BlueLeaks remains as an essential resource, an unredacted archive of the police state that challenges us to claw our privacy and other freedoms back from the state and corporate powers that seek to make our lives legible for the purposes of social control and profit. pressherald.com

Grocery Stores Fight Back Against Out-of-Control Theft
How Grocery Stores Are Adapting New Packaging To Prevent Shoplifting
Shoplifting isn't new. For as long as stores have sold goods, people have been stealing - and places like Whole Foods reportedly almost never stop shoplifters. However, several factors have contributed to a rise in shoplifting cases throughout the United States over the past few years. According to the Wall Street Journal, store thefts are happening more often, with CVS reporting a 300% increase in shoplifting situations since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

CNBC reported that since the pandemic, retailers in places such as New York City and San Francisco have actually had to close their doors due to such an extreme rise in theft - especially because for small retailers, frequent shoplifting incidents can mean a substantial loss of product, which can hurt their bottom line to the point of no return.

As a result of the crime wave, business owners have taken to various measures to try and protect their stores from falling victim to shoplifters.

Grocery stores are taking packaging to a new level to prevent shoplifting

Stores are taking matters into their own hands by creating more complex packaging for some of their items. According to The Independent, store owners have started to go as far as to add security tags to some of their common items, including cheese, as a way of deterring potential thieves. Inflation, which is at its highest point in decades, has likely only contributed to the reason shoplifting is on the rise.

Other methods are being implemented, too. CNBC reports that some stores have even started charging "crime spike fees" on regular transactions as a way of trying to make up for the losses. Other stores have opted for increased security as another deterrent. And the Wall Street Journal says that store owners have started encasing more products in lockable plastic cases, such as shampoo, shaving cream, and dish detergent. mashed.com

Violent Crime in Chicago Surges 35%
NRA tells Pritzker to focus on Chicago 'crime epidemic' rather than 'spending time' on social media

68 people were shot in the city of Chicago over the July 4th weekend

The National Rifle Association has responded to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker telling the group to "leave us the hell alone" by calling out rising crime in Chicago and the rest of the state.

"Citizens of Illinois may be better served if Gov. Pritzker spent his time focusing on curbing the daily violent crime epidemic in Chicago and elsewhere in his state instead of spending time on social media," a spokesperson for the NRA told Fox News Digital in a statement Thursday night.

Pritzker has advocated for gun control in the days following a mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois that left seven people dead and dozens injured.

Chicago and Illinois are widely recognized as areas with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and the town of Highland Park banned "assault rifles" in 2013, including AR15s and AK47s.

Fox News Digital reported in May that violent crime in Chicago was up 35% compared to the previous year. Additionally, more people were murdered in Chicago in 2021 than any year since 1996, WFLD-TV reported. foxnews.com

The Beginning of the End for Criminal Justice Reform Movement?
After Chesa Boudin's Recall, What Is the Future of Criminal Justice Reform?

Research and data points may not be enough to persuade voters that something different is worth trying.

Last month, San Francisco recalled Chesa Boudin, its district attorney of just over two years. Boudin was part of a new wave of progressive prosecutors focused on criminal justice reform, along with Larry Krasner of Philadelphia and Kim Foxx of Chicago. Boudin pledged to end cash bail, "mass incarceration," and the prosecution of "quality-of-life crimes."

But barely more than halfway into his term, San Franciscans showed Boudin the door, voting for the recall by a 10-point margin. Recall supporters cited a litany of reasons, among them rising crime rates and a perception that Boudin was not sufficiently enforcing the law.

Efforts to de-emphasize prosecution and incarceration "stand in direct opposition to the traditional role of a district attorney," wrote Hannah Meyers, director of policing and public safety at the conservative Manhattan Institute.

Meyers says that prosecutors like Boudin, Krasner, and Foxx should be "leading the battle against criminal offenders-not simply against social wrongs they want to right." She cites multiple mandatory diversionary programs that prosecutors utilize against drugs and prostitution in Queens County, New York.

This doesn't mean that criminal justice reform should be abandoned, nor that its proponents will give up. Anytime a just resolution can be achieved without subjecting someone to a prison cell, it should be on the table. But as Johnson acknowledged, it will take more than research and data points to persuade voters that something different is worth trying. reason.com

Inflation Making the Theft Surge Worse?
Murfreesboro business owners cite inflation for rise in theft
Some Murfreesboro business owners believe inflation is causing a rise in shoplifters. To fight back, businesses are adding extra cameras and other security methods.

This is not just a Middle Tennessee issue; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging Congress to address the rise in retail theft and organized retail crime. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says 54% of small business owners experienced an increase in shoplifting in 2021.

Siler opened her new store in May and is excited to see a dream come to reality. Her business has a security system and many other deterrents. "We do have a security system and with our business model we are all about involving our stylists with the customers," Siler says. "We make sure they have an enjoyable experience."

A store manager who asked to remain anonymous told News 2 she takes picture of shoplifters and puts them on the door. She believes this helps identify them and keep them away from the store. wkrn.com

Madison, Tenn. businesses say they're dealing with theft every day

(Update) Recall effort against LA's DA has enough signatures to force election

UK: Blocks of cheese given security tags after surge in shoplifting


COVID Update

597.6M Vaccinations Given

US: 90M Cases - 1M Dead - 85.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 558.8M Cases - 6.3M Dead - 532.2M Recovered

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COVID Cases, Hospitalizations & Deaths

Summer Surge Takes Hold
The BA.5 COVID Surge Is Here
The newest wave of COVID infections and reinfections, fueled by more transmissible subvariants of the Omicron strain including BA.4 and BA.5, continues to grow across the U.S. The extra-worrisome BA. 5 is now the most dominant variant in the country, accounting for an estimated 53.6 percent of new infections last week, according to the CDC.

As countless Americans gathered over the July 4 holiday weekend, it's entirely possible that there were more new daily infections happening in the country than at any other point in the pandemic other than the Omicron wave. As BA.5 rapidly rises to what will likely be global dominance, the U.S. isn't the only country experiencing a surge.

The CDC estimates that the level of community transmission remains high in more than 87 percent of U.S. counties, and remains substantial or higher in more than 95 percent of counties. nymag.com

COVID Recovery Derailed by Inflation
Inflation the latest challenge for malls
The late-pandemic recovery observed at malls this year is getting interrupted, mostly likely by high gas prices and other inflation-related changes in consumer behavior, according to research from foot traffic analytics company Placer.ai. In June, visits to outlet malls fell 6.7% year over year; to open-air lifestyle centers they rose 0.5% and to indoor malls they rose 1.5%.

That's in sharp contrast to earlier this year, when malls' resurgence was greater. In April, for example, outlet mall visits rose 1.3%, lifestyle center visits rose 11.3% and indoor mall visits rose 19.1%, according to an email from Placer.ai.

Across the board, malls have yet to recapture their pre-pandemic strength. Compared to June 2019, visits fell 14.3% at outlet malls, 9.4% at lifestyle centers, and 9.5% at indoor malls, Placer found. In April compared to 2019, visits were down just 5.1% at outlet malls, 4.8% at lifestyle centers, and 1.8% at indoor malls.

The mall's dependence on the automobile - a mid-20th century symbol of freedom and suburban utopia - is a source of trouble when fuel prices spike. The footfall decline at outlet malls in particular is illustrative of how discouraging high gas prices are when it comes to making a trip, according to the report from Placer.ai Marketing VP Ethan Chernofsky. retaildive.com

COVID & The New Workplace
Going to the office is the new 'remote work'
Whether issuing mandates or luring people back with onsite amenities and perks, these efforts misunderstand a critical psychological component of RTO resistance: After two years of working from home, working at the office is now the new "remote."

When a habit is broken, its privileged position disappears and a new habit takes shape-in this case working from home. The subconscious gives privilege to that new habit, and it quickly becomes the default habit.

Right now, the general narrative in business is one of "going back" to the "normal" place of work. But for the workers' subconscious, going to the office isn't going back to normal. fortune.com

Got COVID? Doctors warn powering through it can worsen health toll
Plugging away from home is better than putting others at risk of getting infected, but it can still strain the immune system, worsening the toll of a COVID infection, experts say.

What to Know About California's Latest Covid Surge



Retail's Biometric Expansion Continues
Alcohol retailer deploys ITL's biometric age verification to more stores as pilot ends
A biometrics-based age verification technology MyCheckr from Innovative Technology Ltd (ITL) will be deployed in more Bargain Booze stores in the United Kingdom after a pilot was successfully concluded.

According to an announcement from the company, the deployment of the technology in these shops is to ensure children are not sold alcohol products. The biometric age estimation device is easy to use, has a high level of accuracy, is GDPR-certified, and can protect store staff from abuse, the release also says.

Product Manager for ITL Andrew O'Brien said the solution was installed in January for the trail which ended in May, and in the course of the pilot, the company was busy "busy developing MyCheckr - an anonymous age estimation system powered by ICU Lite, to give and all-in-one, standalone device that retailers can simply plug in to help cashiers with check decisions."

Speaking on the retailers resolve to expand the use of ITL's solution to more of their stores, Bestway Retail's Head of Corporate stores Clive Blinks said: "As a direct result of the successful trial, we will now be installing Innovative's MyCheckr device at more of our Bargain Booze stores. The technology is helping to boost staff's confidence when asking customers for ID and of course anything that ensures we protect children is paramount to us as a responsible business."

O'Brien added that feedback gathered shows store managers were happy with the system during the pilot and think it should be deployed in all pubs and stores. "(W)ith over 75 percent of those staff questioned wanting to keep using the technology, we are delighted that we can now begin installation of the market-ready MyCheckr device at several Bargain Booze stores. biometricupdate.com

America's Retailers Hit the Brakes on Hiring
Retailers scale back hiring as worry about a slowdown grows

After going on a frenzied hiring spree for a year and a half to meet surging shopper demand, America's retailers are starting to temper their recruiting

The changing mindset comes as companies confront a pullback in consumer spending, the prospect of an economic downturn and surging labor costs. Some analysts suggest that merchants have also learned to do more with fewer workers.

The nation's top employer, Walmart, said it recently over-hired because of a COVID-related staffing shortage and then reduced its head count through attrition. In April, Amazon said it, too, had decided that it had an excess of workers in its warehouses. And FedEx, whose customers include big retailers, said late last month that it was hiring fewer people.

In addition, new data shows that retailers in recent months have been scaling back sign-on bonuses and are no longer relaxing job requirements - a sign that they no longer feel compelled to expand their applicant pool, according to the labor analytics company Lightcast. And Snagajob, an online marketplace for hourly work, reports that job postings in retailing have been slowing in the past couple of months, though they remain up from a year ago.

Retailers "are going to take a conservative view of what's possible and what's necessary, because the price they will pay for being wrong will be minimum if they run out of goods and don't have enough staff, and massive if they wind up with an inventory glut and they have too many people employed," said Mark Cohen, director of retail studies at Columbia University and a former CEO of Sears Canada. abcnews.go.com

Tips for Security Professionals
5 Crisis Intervention Tips for Security Professionals
As a security professional, ensure that you're prepared to protect your organization by reviewing these five tips for crisis intervention, a technique designed to reduce the potential permanent damage to an individual experiencing a crisis.

1. Be aware.
As previously mentioned, security staff are often the eyes and ears of an organization-and that means you could be the first to notice if something seems off. Keep an eye out for signs of distress, like someone yelling or causing a scene without an apparent reason.

2. Show compassion.
Individuals in crisis may not be cognizant of their need for assistance, but empathy, compassion, and having the opportunity to vent can go a long way toward achieving a peaceful resolution.

3. Apply patience.
You may have other things to do, but you can't rush someone through a crisis. Take the time to practice tip #2 and know that everything else can wait.

4. Understand your resources.
Learn about available resources so that you know respond appropriately-for example, it's important to know which situations call for back-up from coworkers, mental health professionals, law enforcement, etc.

5. Offer support.
After an incident, ensure that the people impacted are given support, such as time off for employees and connections to counselors through an Employee Assistance Program. asisonline.org

"It's a Retail Armageddon"
Overstocked stores give big discounts as supply chain backlog eases
In a big surprise for shoppers who have been burdened by rising prices, there are deep discounts in stores across the U.S. The merchandise on cargo ships stuck at sea during the supply chain crisis is now crowding store shelves, prompting big sales.

"It's a retail armageddon," Burt Flickinger, managing director for Strategic Resource Group, told CBS News. That's good news for shoppers, he said.  "Biggest discounts - consumer electronics, sporting goods, on apparel, clothes, accessories."

The merchandise surplus comes at a time when inflation is forcing consumers to cut back. Flickinger says some stores are overstocked by more than 30% and there's no place to put everything. Target recently admitted it needs to "right-size its inventory" and the retailer's plans include "additional markdowns."

"You have too many goods and too many stores chasing too few shoppers with too few dollars," Flickinger said. cbsnews.com

LPF Announces LPC & LPQ Professionals for June
The Loss Prevention Foundation would like to recognize and congratulate the following individuals who successfully completed all of the requirements set forth by the board of directors to be LPQualified (LPQ) and/or LPCertified (LPC). View Full List Here

Gap and Old Navy ordered to pay $24 million in back rent on stores in Times Square
The decision, say the landlord's attorneys, will set a 'flagship' precedent for landlords of locations with unique rental values.

Athleta to open 30-40 stores; entering outlet sector

NRF Says Economy is Slowing But Recession is Unlikely in Near Term

U.S. job market remains strong with 372,000 jobs created in June

CEOs aren't going back to the office, citing convenience, productivity & gas prices

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Cybercrime Enterprises
The strange business of cybercrime

How modern cybercrime syndicates adopt the ways of enterprise business, reaping the gains and suffering the difficulties.

The old hacker stereotype-the antisocial lone wolf with coding skills-has been eclipsed by something far stranger: the cybercrime enterprise. This mutant business model has grown exponentially, with annual cybercrime revenues reaching $1.5 trillion, according to a 2018 study by endpoint security provider Bromium.

The sophistication of cybercrime operations underpins this scale of damage. The only explanation is that profit motive is fueling an engine that has driven the creation of effective organizations. But these organizations are curiously subject to many of the vicissitudes of normal business.

Perhaps the oddest outcome of this state of affairs is watching global cybercrime syndicates suffer under conventional business problems like PR difficulties.

Lines of business

What we think of as criminal activity, the cybercrime enterprise thinks of as lines of business. Anything that does not drive revenue-hacking for the sake of destruction or personal gratification of some kind-doesn't figure in here.

The business of for-profit cybercrime can be seen as 6 main lines:

Cyber theft-the act of stealing money or other assets (like user data and intellectual property) from organizations and individuals

Illicit data trade-data that is stolen (think credit card info and other personally identifiable information) is bought and sold and then used to perpetuate further theft

Web-enabled blackmarket- web-enabled trade in illegal goods like drugs and wildlife

Crime business tools and services-the cybercrime shadow of normal business services, like jobs boards

Crimeware/cybercrime-as-a-service (CaaS)-any of the variety of tools that are used to enable the other activities, think exploit kits

Ransomware/ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS)-encrypting data and holding it for ransom csoonline.com

Apple to Roll Out 'Lockdown Mode'
Apple ramps up war on spyware, a growing digital scourge
Apple will introduce a feature this fall allowing users to lock services that could otherwise be exploited by malicious hackers looking to infect their phones with spyware. While the company expects that ultimately only a fraction of its users may need the optional layer of enhanced security, the tool highlights Apple's ongoing fight against the growing global spyware industry.

Apple's "Lockdown Mode" is intended to make it harder for attackers to take over a victim's phone through steps such as blocking most forms of message attachments and preventing unknown connections with a computer or accessory.

The announcement comes less than a year after researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizens Lab discovered an iOS exploit dubbed FORCEDENTRY, which they attributed to the NSO Group, an Israeli technology company known for its surveillance software. The exploit allowed hackers to remotely install NSO Group's Pegasus spyware on iPhones. Apple then sued NSO Group for allegedly developing the exploit. NSO Group has denied any wrongdoing and the lawsuit is ongoing.

Spyware has become a growing global problem, affecting politicians, activists, executives and victims of domestic abuse. An Apple representative said that the company has alerted potential victims of highly targeted mercenary spyware in nearly 150 countries. The spokesperson declined to share how many individual victims the company has notified, citing ongoing litigation with NSO Group. Apple began notifying suspected NSO Group victims in November.

Some users will be able to soon access a beta version of Lockdown Mode, a move that Apple is hoping will attract security researchers' input, too. The company is incentivizing security researchers to report any bugs by doubling its normal bounty to up to $2 million dollars. cyberscoop.com

Cyber Attackers Zero in on Remote Workforce
People are the primary attack vector around the world
With an unprecedented number of employees now working in hybrid or fully remote environments, compounded by an increase in cyber threats and a more overwhelmed, COVID-19 information fatigued workforce, there has never been a more critical time to effectively create and maintain a cyber-secure workforce and an engaged security culture.

Advertisement"People have become the primary attack vector for cyber-attackers around the world," said Lance Spitzner, SANS Security Awareness Director. "Humans rather than technology represent the greatest risk to organizations and the professionals who oversee security awareness programs are the key to effectively managing that risk."

Key findings

Workforce: More than 69% of security awareness professionals are spending less than half their time on security awareness. The data shows that security awareness responsibilities are very commonly assigned to staff with highly technical backgrounds who may lack the skills needed to effectively engage their workforce in simple-to-understand terms.

Top reported challenges: The three top reported challenges for building a mature awareness program were all related to a lack of time: specifically Lack of time for project management, limits on training time to engage employees, and a lack of staffing.

Pandemic impacts: The top two reported impacts were the challenge of a more distracted and overwhelmed workforce and a working environment where human-based cyber-attacks have become more frequent and effective. helpnetsecurity.com

Taking Phishing Attacks to a New Level
VIDEO: How phishing attacks are becoming more sophisticated
The latest APWG's Phishing Activity Trends Report reveals that in the first quarter of 2022 there were 1,025,968 total phishing attacks-the worst quarter for phishing observed to date. This quarter was the first time the three-month total has exceeded one million. There were 384,291 attacks in March 2022, which was a record monthly total.

In this video for Help Net Security, Joshua Crumbaugh, CEO, PhishFirewall, talks about how cybercriminals are taking their phishing attacks to a new level. helpnetsecurity.com

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Potential Amazon Kohl's Takeover?
Why Amazon Should Buy Kohl's

Amazon and Kohl's already work together and the online retailer could use the department store to grow its clothing brands.

Most retailers fear Amazon. That makes sense because the online giant has become so large it has all sorts of advantages over much of its competition. It can offer lower prices and next-day delivery across pretty much every type of merchandise.

Amazon has also used its size to move into nearly every area its rivals sell. You can buy Amazon electronics, home goods, furniture, and yes, clothing. The problem is that while you might buy a charging cable or even an end table without touching it, you may not feel the same way about clothing.

Amazon was not among the bidder for Kohl's, but the two retailers already work together. You can bring your Amazon returns to any Kohl's location and that relationship has been a positive one for both companies.

Kohl's and Amazon, however, could do a lot more together. The brick-and-mortar chain has suffered from not evolving its merchandise mix in recent years. That has allowed Target which has invested heavily in owned-and-operated brands along with celebrity partnerships -- to move past Kohl's as a clothing destination.

Amazon could solve that problem while also fixing one of its own. The online giant has dozens of clothing lines that would benefit from being exposed in a physical store. In theory, people could see Amazon's clothing in a Kohl's, touch it, try it on, and later buy more of it digitally. thestreet.com

Biden vs. Amazon Heats Up
Amazon's Bezos criticizes Biden for blaming energy sector for high gas prices
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ripped President Biden for blaming sky-high prices at the pump on gas station companies - accusing the commander-in-chief of either employing "misdirection" or of displaying a "deep misunderstanding" of economic fundamentals.

In a tweet on Saturday, Biden wrote: "My message to the companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump is simple: this is a time of war and global peril." "Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you're paying for the product," the president continued. "And do it now."

Bezos, the second richest person in the country, blasted Biden's message in a response on Twitter later Saturday: "Ouch. Inflation is far too important a problem for the White House to keep making statements like this," posted Bezos, owner of the Washington Post. "It's either straight ahead misdirection or a deep misunderstanding of basic market dynamics."

"Oil prices have dropped by about $15 [a barrel] over the past month, but prices at the pump have barely come down. That's not 'basic market dynamics.' It's a market that is failing the American consumer," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted. marketwatch.com

Amazon faces UK probe over suspected anti-competitive practices







Louisville, CO: Group of 7 leads Independence Day Safeway robbery
A brazen robbery allegedly occurred on Independence Day after seven men entered a grocery store, filled some carts and left without stopping at the checkout counter. Louisville Police said that at roughly 4:20 p.m. on Monday, a mini-van entered the parking lot of the Safeway located at 910 West Cherry St. Seven men then left the vehicle and walked into the grocery store before heading straight to the alcohol aisle. There, they filled two carts with cases of alcohol and proceeded to head straight for the exit, sidestepping the purchasing process altogether. The seven suspects are now wanted for questioning by the Louisville Police Department. kdvr.com

Greenwich, CT: Update: Suspect arrested in smash-and-grab theft of $12,000 in Apple merchandise
Officers rushed to the Apple store on lower Greenwich Avenue at about 2:40 a.m. on the night of Aug. 25 on a report of a burglary. The door had been smashed open, and 13 iPhones, as well as a set of Apple headphones, merchandise totaling around $12,000, had been stolen, according to court filings. Investigators found a number of clues from the smash-and-grab burglary, and earlier this month, made an arrest in the case, police said. Detectives went to the Rikers Island lockup to extradite Cosmesoto to Connecticut to face the criminal charges in the Apple incident, according to his arrest report. greenwichtime.com

Pocatello, ID: Police seeking female suspects accused of stealing over $1,700 in perfume from Ulta Beauty
Pocatello Police are searching for two women who they believe stole more than $1,700 worth of perfume from the Ulta Beauty store on June 19. The women are both described by police as being in their late teens to mid-twenties and "shorter in stature." One woman appears in store security footage to have dyed blond hair and a large butterfly tattoo on her upper back. The other woman was seen carrying a large bag. idahostatejournal.com

Lacey Township, NJ: Suspects Lifted $1,000 Worth Of Power Tools From Home Depot

Livingston, NJ: Macy's Shoplifter Takes $800 of Clothes From Livingston Mall, Then Returns

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New York City, NY: Murder or Self-Defense? New Video Shows NYC Bodega Clerk Stab Man to Death
A clerk for a New York City bodega was charged with killing a man who attacked him behind the counter, but those who support him say that new surveillance video showing the shocking incident could help the worker be cleared of charges. Jose Alba remained quiet Thursday as he returned home after being released on bail following almost a week at Riker's Island. His bail was lowered from a quarter of a million dollars down to $50,000. As part of his release, Alba was forced to surrender his passport, remain in the five boroughs and submit to electronic monitoring. The 61-year-old is facing murder charges after police said he fatally stabbed a man inside a Washington Heights convenience store. There is growing outrage regarding his arrest, however, with many left wondering: Was it murder or self-defense? nbcnewyork.com

Fresno, CA: Update: Woman arrested in connection to murder of 70-year-old man outside FreshCo Foods
A Fresno woman is in jail, accused of being involved in the death of a man in a grocery store parking lot. Authorities say 48-year-old Alejandra Munoz is one of the suspects involved in the murder of Richard Martin on May 18th. Martin was found dead in a car in the parking lot of Fresh-Co Foods on Shields near Brawley. He was shot several times in the upper body and was already dead when officers found him.
Police were able to determine Munoz was a suspect through interviews and surveillance video. She's been booked into the Fresno County Jail on one count of murder. abc30.com

Atlanta, GA: Douglasville Police looking for Toyota Camry connected to shopping plaza murder
Police have released a photo of a silver Toyota Camry that may be connected to a homicide in the parking lot of Douglas Commons shopping center Wednesday morning. Investigators believe it may have been damaged from gunshots. Police say the homicide happened in the parking lot of Douglas Commons Shopping Center at the corner of Hospital Drive and Fairburn Road Wednesday morning. Officers responded to the Douglas Commons shopping center for a report of a person shot around 10:45 a.m. Upon arrival, officers say they found a 21-year-old male suffering from gunshot wounds. cbs46.com

El Paso, TX: Veteran's death in police custody leaves unanswered questions
According to the report, Thompson entered the store showing "signs of mental distress" and appeared to be having visual and auditory hallucinations. He asked the clerk to call police, who were dispatched on a medical/mental health assistance call. Thompson was acting erratically after the arrival of patrol officers, who decided to take him into custody on an emergency detention order, the report stated. Thompson allegedly resisted, tried to flee and attempted to assault officers as they tried to handcuff him before shocking him with a Taser . the report stated. After being handcuffed, Thompson was placed in the back seat of a patrol car and medical assistance was summoned due to the use of the Taser. "While medical services were present at the scene, the subject experienced a medical episode and stopped breathing. Medical services began life saving techniques and transported the subject to University Medical Center," the report stated. elpasotimes.com

Edmond, OK: Convenience store sued for selling alcohol to minors in fatal crash
While time continues to heal the wounds left by his death, the former Deer Creek High School teen who was charged with murder and a DUI following his death is now suing the gas station he said supplied the alcohol he drank on the night of the accident. Police said then-17-year-old Jordan Diaz lost control of the car he was driving and hit another vehicle head-on near Northwest 150th and MacArthur around 4:30 a.m. on July 7, 2020. The car then went into a ditch and caught on fire; Diaz's passenger, 16-year-old Cole Watson, was killed in the accident. At the time of the accident, police said Diaz had a blood alcohol level of .074 and was allegedly going between 99 and 106 miles per hour. kfor.com

Coweta County, GA: Update: 16-count indictment for accused killer of Coweta gun store owners and their grandson
A grand jury in Coweta County returned a 16-count indictment this week for the accused killer of the couple who owned the Lock, Stock and Barrel gun store in Grantville and their 18-year-old grandson. The indictment charges 21-year-old Jacob Muse with three counts each of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and an additional single count of armed robbery. 11alive.com

New York, NY: Man Gets 30 Years to Life for 2019 Robbery That Led to NYPD Cop's Friendly Fire Death
A 28-year-old man convicted of murder in connection to a 2019 store robbery that led to the death of a New York City police officer who was hit by crossfire from other officers' guns, was sentenced to 30 years to life for the crime. Jagger Freeman's sentencing was announced Thursday by Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. Aside from his prison sentence, Freeman -- who pleaded guilty last month -- was also sentenced to 5 years post release supervision. Prosecutors said he and Christopher Ransom, 30, set off a chain of events that led to New York Police Department Detective Brian Simonsen being killed in February 2019 after officers responded to a Queens store that was being robbed by the two men. nbcnewyork.com


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1,500 Arrested in Cross-Country Operation
More Than 1,500 Arrested in LA and Nine Other Cities in 'Operation North Star'
A nationwide task force effort targeting violent criminals netted more than 1,500 arrests in Los Angeles and nine other cities, authorities announced Thursday. The 30-day operation, conducted in June, included personnel from the U.S. Marshals Service and numerous state and local law enforcement organizations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The enforcement effort resulted in the arrests of "fugitives, violent criminals, sex offenders and self-identified gang members'' in LA, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Memphis, Tennessee, the DOJ reported. nbclosangeles.com

Boston, MA: "Swatting" prank call leads to large police presence at Home Depot
A large police presence was seen at a Home Depot in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Thursday for what officials said appeared to have been a false alarm, then latter said was apparently a "swatting" incident. Police were investigating what happened, but Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes told NBC10 Boston that no one was hurt, no shooter had been found and there was no evidence of shots fired. Police haven't specifically said what the report was that drew the officers to the scene, many with guns drawn. Kyes first characterized the call they received as being of "good intent," but later said that someone had "swatted" a dental office at the shopping center, Parkside Plaza. nbcboston.com

Oklahoma City, OK: Robbery Suspect Caught After Climbing On Walmart Roof
A man accused of stealing from a cell phone store then making a run for it has been caught. Police said Ian Turner climbed on the roof of the Walmart Tuesday near Interstate 40 and MacArthur. He was transported to jail on robbery and gun complaints. news9.com

City of Houston sues local c-store for failing 'remediate' neighborhood crime
The city of Houston is suing the owner of The Lucky Evening Food Store at 8900 S. Braeswood Boulevard in Houston's Braeburn neighborhood for allegedly tolerating crime taking place in the area. As reported by ABC 13's Mycah Hatfield, the city's common nuisance lawsuit states that the store has seen repeated incidents involving the delivery and possession of illegal substances, aggravated robbery and murder without redress. Lloyd Neal, the attorney representing the owner of the store, said the suit incorrectly posits that the business encourages and abets such behavior. mysanantonio.com



Auto - Kennewick, WA - Robbery
C-Store - Marion County, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Grundy Center, IA - Burglary
C-Store - Easton, PA - Robbery
C-Store - Manatee County, FL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Dearborn Heights, MI - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Clothing - Johnson City, Tn - Robbery
Clothing - Livingston, NJ - Robbery
Gaming - Cape Coral, FL - Armed Robbery
Gaming - North Fort Myers, FL - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Fontana, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Las Vegas, NV - Robbery
Jewelry - Waco, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Whittier, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - New Philadelphia, OH - Robbery
Jewelry - Sherman, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Tacoma, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Kansas City, MO - Robbery
Pharmacy - Canton, MI - Armed Robbery
Marijuana - Van Buren County, MI - Burglary
Motel - Decatur, AL - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Bloomington, IN - Burglary
Restaurant - Lincoln Heights, CA -Burglary
7-Eleven - Kapalama, HI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Bloomfield, NJ - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 23 robberies
• 5 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 78 robberies
• 26 burglaries
• 4 shootings
• 0 killed

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