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Matt Cain, MBA, CFI promoted to Senior Manager - Investigations for Verizon

Matt has been with Verizon for nearly five years, starting with the company in early 2017. Prior to his promotion to Senior Manager - Investigations, he served as Senior Corporate Investigator for the company. Earlier in his career, he held LP/AP roles with Ascena, GameStop, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Congratulations, Matt!

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The LPF Announces Strategic Partnership with University of Cincinnati

(Mooresville, NC - September 7, 2021) The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) is proud to announce a new partnership with the University of Cincinnati that will benefit UC students and the Loss Prevention/Asset Protection industry. Through this partnership with the LPF, UC will begin offering the LPQualified (LPQ) course in an instructor-led class.

"We could not be more excited about this partnership with the University of Cincinnati and are thrilled to already have a significant number of students enrolled in the LPQ class for this semester," commented Terry Sullivan, LPC, President of the Loss Prevention Foundation. "This partnership is going to give us the opportunity for LPF board of director members and solution provider leaders to interact with the UC students enrolled in the LPQ course which will provide a unique opportunity for the students to have a deeper understanding of the asset protection profession. It is also going to provide the students with the opportunity to secure a LPQ certification along with their degree upon graduation. This really will be advantageous for all involved." Read more here

In Case You Missed it

A Global Survey of Retailers
Utilising and Controlling Self-scan and Pay Technologies (SCO)

The ECR Retail Loss Group has commissioned Professor Adrian Beck to carry out research focussed upon developing a better understanding of the ways in which retailers are addressing the issue of losses associated with Self-scan and pay technologies. As part of this work, Professor Beck is interested to hear from all retailers currently using these technologies.

This survey is focused upon understanding how retailers use various types of Self-checkout and Pay technologies (SCO) and the ways in which they are trying to manage the risks associated with them. If your company currently does not use any form of SCO systems, nor has any plans for using them soon, please do not respond to this survey.

This research is being undertaken by Professor Adrian Beck on behalf of the ECR Retail Loss Group, which is an independent body representing retailers and their suppliers. All the information collected will be stored securely and the results will only be published in aggregate form - no retailers will be identified. The results from this study will be made freely available.

Professor Beck would be extremely grateful if you could spend a few minutes completing an online survey: Click HERE to start the survey

To find out more about this research, please contact: Professor Adrian Beck:  bna@le.ac.uk

48 Law Enforcement Deaths in August - 241 Total Year-to-Date
36 COVID - 5 Gunfire - 3 Auto - 2 Heart Attacks - 1 Stabbing & 1 Drowning
In August, 48 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. The cause breakdown (for August 2021 only) is: 36 COVID-related, 5 gunfire, 3 auto-related, 2 heart attacks, 1 stabbing, and 1 drowning. This means that the year-to-date total for line of duty deaths is at 241, a 0.4% increase from the same time last year.

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

Paying At-Risk Kids in NYC to Not Be Criminals
NYC to Pay Youth Not to Commit Crime, Get High School Diploma
New York City plans to fight crime by paying at-risk youths to choose getting a high school-equivalent diploma or driver's license instead of a gun.

A new $1 million crime prevention program, announced in July, pairs young people at high risk of gun violence with mentors who help them set and be paid stipends for "career-driven accomplishments," The Washington Times reported Monday.

National law enforcement groups, however, question the endeavor. While supporting the idea of youth mentoring programs, Smith said the New York City program "seems like a case of throwing good money after bad."

Precisely how much money an individual youth could earn in the program remains uncertain. An official in the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice told the Times that program organizers were "still in the process of rolling out the next steps."

New York City's pilot program is modeled after Advance Peace, an anti-gun violence mentorship program founded in Richmond, California, in 2010.

Though the program saw success early on, adoption elsewhere was discouraged after critics scoffed at the idea of giving money to people for complying with the law, The Trace reported.

In the 11 years since Advance Peace was founded, just four additional cities - Stockton, Fresno, and Sacramento in California, and Forth Worth, Texas - have embraced the program, The Trace said. newsmax.com

More Capitol Security Threats Coming Sept. 18?
Police brace for Capitol rally defending Jan. 6 mob
Members of Congress and law enforcement are bracing for potential security threats on Sept. 18 when a "Justice for J6" rally is planned to support the more than 570 people charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

The Capitol Police are expected to present their security plan to the Capitol Police Board this week, according to a congressional source, while the Metropolitan Police Department is also expected to ramp up its presence for the planned rally near the Capitol's west front.

The group organizing the rally, Look Ahead America, is led by Matt Braynard, who served as a campaign staffer for former President Trump. About 300 to 500 attendees are expected at the event, including members of far-right extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, according to multiple reports.

Several members of those two groups have been charged with criminal offenses related to the Jan. 6 insurrection, when hundreds of people invaded the Capitol, forced the evacuation of Congress and delayed the counting of the Electoral College vote. More than 140 police officers were injured in the riot, which led to five deaths. thehill.com

Minneapolis is Still Volatile
Crowd attempted to storm gate at Minnesota State Fair on Monday night

Deputies used a chemical agent to break up the crowd.

The incident occurred outside the gate at Midway Parkway and Snelling Avenue just after 8 p.m. Patrons attempting to leave the fair were prevented from doing so for a short time.

Fair security personnel and deputies from the sheriff's office sprayed a chemical similar to mace to disperse the crowd and repel their advance, Magnuson said. startribune.com

Minnesota State Patrol destroyed texts, e-mails after riot response


COVID Update

375.9M Vaccinations Given

US: 41.2M Cases - 669K Dead - 31.5M Recovered
Worldwide: 222.9M Cases - 4.6M Dead - 199.4M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 306   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 379
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U.S. hospitalizations more than doubled since last Labor Day
The number of covid-19 patients in hospitals in the United States has more than doubled since last Labor Day, a sobering statistic that illustrates how the delta variant has hampered progress in curbing the pandemic even as vaccines became widely available. There were 38,192 people in hospitals with the virus last Labor Day, on Sept. 7, 2020. This figure has skyrocketed to 99,270 by Sept 6. 2021 - a 160 percent increase.

As Florida appears to be turning the corner from a coronavirus surge, its residents are surveying the damage from more than 7,000 deaths reported since the Fourth of July and from feuds over masks and vaccines. washingtonpost.com

As a Delta Wave Peaks in Some States, Others Brace for What's Next

Cold weather, return to school risk fueling Covid-19's spread, public-health experts warn

The Delta surge appears to have peaked in Florida and other states that drove the most recent Covid-19 surge, offering some relief after the variant upended what many thought would be a more normal summer.

But cases and hospitalizations have been rising in many other states including Kentucky and North Carolina, data show, and public-health experts said the return of unvaccinated schoolchildren to classrooms, cold weather in Northern states and the holiday season could yet give the virus new opportunities to spread.

"I don't know if we've peaked for all time, but the wave that was currently ongoing seems to have crested and is falling in some states but is rising in others," said Andrew Noymer, an infectious disease epidemiologist and demographer at the University of California, Irvine.

Some states where cases surged most dramatically appear to be experiencing a break in the storm. Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri have recently been adding new cases at a slower clip than in July. There are some good indications that things are starting to look better in Florida."

Rising hospitalizations might have encouraged some people to take more precautions to avoid catching or spreading the disease, she and other researchers said.

Because Florida accounted for about one in five cases at one point during the most recent surge, its Covid-19 decline and declines in other hard-hit states are slowing the Delta surge nationally. Whether cases will start to trend lower soon nationally is difficult to project, in part due to lags in reporting after the Labor Day weekend. wsj.com

Retail's COVID Quandary
Stores grapple with mask use as cases rise again
With the delta variant fueling fears of a fourth COVID-19 surge in Michigan, weary operators of shops, restaurants and other retail businesses face a quandary: Do they reinstitute mask mandates - in line with advice from national, state and local health officials - and risk backlash from customers tired of restrictions as the pandemic reaches a year and a half?

Smaller stores, like Source Bookseller, might be more likely to require or request that patrons wear masks, while larger stores and chains might be more lenient, experts say. One business, Michigan First Credit Union, has taken a stance in the opposite direction, instead frowning on mask usage - unless the masks are clear.

Big chain retailers like Walmart and Home Depot are taking a middle approach: They're requiring masks for employees and unvaccinated customers, and encouraging mask usage for shoppers who have gotten the shots.

Jennifer Rook, vice president of communications and marketing for the Michigan Retailers Association, said businesses are concerned about backlash from customers.

"In the spirit of the safety of the employees, a number of retailers have said, 'You know if customers are walking in without masks on, let them,' " she said. "It's not worth getting into a confrontation about. Employees are still wearing masks."

Despite having varying stances on customer mask usage, many businesses are still requiring their employees to wear them. Among them is Home Depot. Walmart has taken a similar stance, requiring its employees to wear masks inside stores, clubs, fulfillment centers and distribution centers.

Rook said most of the 5,000 member businesses of the Michigan Retailers Association require masks of their employees. sunherald.com

Maskless Protesters Target Illinois Retailers
Maskless protesters enter stores, hold roadside protest against state's mask mandate in Crystal Lake
Maskless protesters entered multiple stores in Crystal Lake on Saturday protesting the state's mask mandate after holding a roadside protest. The rally was held on the corner of Route 14 and Main Street in Crystal Lake around 12 p.m. Saturday.

Dozens of demonstrators held signs and American flags in front of the Wendy's protesting Illinois' mask mandates for schools and businesses. Adults, and even children, held signs referencing "unmask the kids" and "unmask our children."

A reporter with the Northwest Herald said on Twitter that a group of people, who were maskless, walked into several stores in Crystal Lake around 3:30 p.m. Saturday following the roadside protest.

The group entered Best Buy, Ross Dress for Less, TJ Maxx and Ulta Beauty to protest the state's mask mandate, the Northwest Herald reported. The group of people entered Steinhafels, a furniture store, but employees kicked them out for refusing to wear a mask.

Employees at World Market refused to even let the protesters into their store and an argument took place at the entrance. lakemchenryscanner.com

In-Store Mask Rage Continues
Woman in supermarket recorded intentionally coughing without a mask, following other customers around Nebraska store
A woman was caught on camera appearing to deliberately cough inside a supermarket without a face mask on, in a city where an indoor mask mandate is in place.

It was originally posted to Reddit by user Jessabird earlier this week, who said she was with her kid at a supermarket in Nebraska when the woman allegedly approached them and asked why they were wearing masks.

In the video, the woman is seen walking towards the video recorder and coughing multiple times in their direction. You can watch the interaction in the tweet below, posted by @RoBeastRo, who tells KRON4 that the video was taken by his daughter's mother.

She then starts coughing openly in the supermarket and says it's her allergies, according to the video. Jessabird said an employee tried to intervene and the woman walked away, but Jessabird alleges that the woman followed her around the store afterward. kron4.com

The Delta Surge Has Shoppers Panic Buying Again
Costco brings back item limits in some stores amid COVID-19 surge
It appears that there may once again be purchase limits on some items sold at Costco as the delta COVID-19 variant continues to inundate the nation's health care system. The company said on its website dedicated to updates on the ongoing pandemic that "some warehouses may have temporary item limits on select items."

Costco did not specify which locations would have limits and which items would be in limited stock. Costco did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In the early days of the pandemic, many consumers resorted to panic buying, causing long lines and mass shortages across many grocery stores and retail chains.

This prompted Costco to institute a priority store access policy on March 24, 2020 which gave first responders and health care workers priority during the shortages as supplies like masks, hand sanitizer and even toilet paper were becoming scarce. foxla.com

Delta & Rising COVID-19 Cases Delaying Workers Return
Office Occupancy Sputtered in August as Delta Variant Foiled Return-to-Work Hopes
Workers in big city business districts are ending the summer back home or at other remote locations, as momentum to return to the office in the spring and early summer mostly petered out in August.

Offices in 10 major U.S. cities were just 33.1% occupied in the week ending Aug. 25. That figure is a slight increase over the prior week but down from a 34.8% peak in late July.

In New York and San Francisco, the two worst markets among the 10 major metros tracked by Kastle, occupancy rates were a mere 22.3% and 19.7%, respectively. Both were slightly off their July highs. wsj.com

CA's Anti-Vaxxers Still Remain Hard Hit
Urban California taming virus surge, but areas with low vax rates still in danger
Coronavirus cases are showing new signs of slowing across many parts of the state.

Led by improvements in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, while other areas of rural Northern California and the Central Valley continue to struggle with much higher rates of hospitalizations.

But the improvements are not even. While hospitalizations for the disease caused by the coronavirus have flattened across the most populated areas of California, regions where vaccination rates are relatively low remain hard hit by the virus. latimes.com

Coronavirus has derailed compensation plans - New Shift
Higher base salaries will replace signing bonuses in talent war, survey says

AdvertisementSigning bonuses may be a flash-in-the-pan offering, according to a Salary.com survey released Aug. 12; while 50% of employers are offering signing bonuses in 2021, only 20% expect to be doing so by the end of the year.

Higher overall salaries may stick around, however. Sixty-two percent of organizations surveyed said they planned to increase base salaries in the next six months in part to attract both salaried and hourly employees.

Coronavirus has derailed compensation plans since it pushed workers remote - or out of jobs. However, the tenor of these changes has shifted from the reduction or cancellation of raises early in the pandemic to a push for higher salaries overall in an attempt to keep workers on board. (Witness all the retailers raising wages to $15 an hour)

At the end of 2020, half of employers surveyed by Gallagher were expecting to decrease salary bumps, while 45% said they were suspending them entirely. Fast forward to mid-2021 and employers are offering signing bonuses to find applicants as the job market revives.

In the retail industry, employers are rolling out bonuses to try and keep workers on board as the industry struggles to maintain its workforce.

Overall, employers expect to hike pay increases in 2022, according to analysis from Willis Towers Watson, aligning with Salary.com's findings. hrdive.com

Most CFOs face high turnover rate, labor shortages, PWC Survey
Eight out of nine CFOs face unusually high employee turnover, and 81% believe a shortage of labor will harm revenue growth.

Six out of 10 CFOs (61%) believe staff are quitting to take better compensation elsewhere, with fewer than half (45%) predicting that the high turnover rate is transitory.

Ninety-five percent in mid-August said it was difficult to find workers for vacant positions. By contrast, in the first quarter of the year, only 18% said so. cfodive.com

1 in 4 To Require Vaccines in Houston
Number of Houston-area businesses requiring COVID vaccines triples since June

Fabric stores see increase in customers buying mask supplies

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade returns as in-person event
The balloons are back. Macy's announced today that its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade will return as an in-person event this November. The parade, now in its 95th year, was a made-for-TV event rather than a live show last year because of COVID-19.

Now, Macy's plans to take new safety measures for all directly involved, including mandatory vaccinations of participants and facial masks on most performers, in order to host the live event on Thursday, Nov. 25. As usual, the parade will include marching bands, musical performances, a host of floats with 80 to 100 handlers each and Santa Claus.

Macy's noted that the overall number of participants has decreased for social distancing by 10% to 20%, or 800 to 1,600.

Macy's worked with the city and state of New York on the production of the parade, making sure the event follows current health guidelines. New York City will manage public viewing locations and plans to announce more details on certain areas of the parade route for spectators. crainsnewyork.com

Packaging Company Ex-Controller Sentenced to 24 Months Prison for Stealing $195,063.80
Suburban Pittsburgh resident has been sentenced in federal court to 24 months of incarceration, followed by 3 years of supervised release, on her conviction of wire fraud.

Victoria Mazur, 54, of McKim Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was employed as the Controller for Gateway Packaging Corporation, which was located in Export, PA. From December 2012 until December 2017, she issued herself and her husband a total of approximately 189 fraudulent credit card refunds, totaling $195,063.80, through the company's point of sale terminal. Her thefts were so extensive, they caused the failure of the company, which is now out of business. justice.gov

Banning Chinese Surveillance Equipment
FCC's proposed ban on Chinese camera and video surveillance components
Following the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2019 Section 889 and the ban of cameras and components made by certain Chinese companies, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a rule to ban products from Chinese electronics companies.

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said, "We are taking direct action to exclude untrusted equipment and vendors from communications networks."

According to the FCC, the proposed rule aims to guard against potential threats to the supply chain of equipment and services within the U.S. and seeks to protect communications networks. In addition to the proposal to ban Chinese-owned security equipment, the "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry" seeks comment on possible changes to the competitive bidding rules for auctions to protect national security.

Specifically, the FCC is seeking comment on prohibiting all future authorizations of communications equipment that has been determined to pose an unacceptable risk to U.S. national security, as identified on the Covered List published by the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. securitymagazine.com

Amazon's next innovation?
In the Senior Citizen Mecca

Amazon Fresh to Open Drive-Thru Grocery Store in Boca Raton, FL.
Never been fully leveraged by many in the grocery industry - until maybe now.

It's not just Floridians; Americans have rediscovered their love of the drive-thru amid pandemic safety concerns. To wit, Taco Bell just announced plans for a four-lane drive-thru slated for summer 2022. Suddenly many retailers are re-evaluating drive-thrus as a convenient way for shoppers to feel safer visiting stores.

A proper drive-thru could cut labor costs and other expenses associated with pickup and may also offer a better customer experience, especially in a state with residents who love their drive-thrus. progressivegrocer.com

Dollar Stores Rank First in New Store Openings in 2021

Whole Foods Market Launching Amazon's Just Walk Out Tech in Two New Stores

Big Y Debuts Scan & Go Solution

Camping World to open 20 new stores by 2024

Gallup poll finds Americans' approval for labor unions rising

Quarterly Results
Casey's General Stores Q1 inside comp's up 8%, grocery & merch. comp's up 7%, prep. foods & bev. comp's up 10.8%, fuel comp's up 9%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director of AP & Safety job posted for Goodwill of Orange County California in Santa Ana, CA
The Director of Asset Protection and Safety develops, trains, implements, and ensures compliance to policies and procedures throughout the business, conducts investigations on behalf of the Corporation, and leads the overall safety program for the company. Position is also responsible for the security and safety of the company's employees, program participants, and property through sound security practices and procedures. indeed.com

Sr Manager Loss Prevention ORC job posted for Ulta Beauty in Bolingbrook, IL
The Senior Manager, Loss Prevention Organized Retail Crime (ORC), under the direction of the Director, ORC, is be responsible for leading and inspiring a team of Organized Retail Crime Mangers who support Organized Retail Crime functions for the organization. The Senior Manager Loss Prevention (ORC) works closely with various internal and external business partners. careers.ulta.com


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One of the Top RaaS Gangs Pops Back Up

They're Back! They disappeared after Biden pressured Putin this summer
REvil Ransomware Gang's 'Happy Blog' Pops Back Up

The website of a ransomware gang that mysteriously went dark in July is back up again.

The so-called Happy Blog, where the hacker group REvil has posted stolen information to extort its victims, is back. The website of REvil, a group behind hacks this summer of meat-processing giant JBS and software provider Kaseya, had been down for nearly two months, puzzling cyber experts. It has yet to be updated with any new information, though.

Some security researchers suggested the gang may have gone on vacation during the hiatus; others saw the quiet period as possible evidence of more aggressive law enforcement efforts. The takedown came after a series of attacks on U.S. companies and as the Biden administration ratcheted up pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to crack down on ransomware gangs within Russian borders.

"At this point, there are more questions than answers. Far more," said Brett Callow, a threat analyst for cyber company Emsisoft. "The biggest question is, if REvil went offline due to pressure from Putin as some have speculated, why are they back? What's changed?"

My personal opinion is they just took a break to rethink what they were doing, how they were doing it and to check their security," Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, told me. "They're back to make money. This is a big business and there's a lot of money to be made doing it." washingtonpost.com  cybersecurity.cmail20.com

Editor's Note: This is arguably one of the top ransomware RaaS gangs out there. And all the media outlets are covering their 'Happy Blog' popping back up. Like everyone is expecting the cycle to begin with a bang. Be alert!

Gangs Are Profiling Too!
Criminals' Wish List & Blacklist:

Who's Their Ideal Ransomware Victim?

Revenue, Size, Geography and Level of Access Help Determine Sale Price for Access

The most sought-after type of victim for ransomware-wielding attackers is a
large, U.S.-based business with at least $100 million in revenue, not operating in the healthcare or education sector, for which remote access is available via remote desktop protocol or VPN credentials.

So says Israeli threat intelligence firm Kela in a new report, rounding up dozens of active discussion threads it tracked on cybercrime forums during July that were devoted to buying initial access to networks. About half of the threads it found had been created the same month, suggesting that the market for supplying such access continues to thrive, it says.

On cybercrime forums and markets,
initial access brokers continue to sell what gets referred to as "accesses." For buyers, the upside of buying access is that it saves them from having to breach potential victims themselves. Instead, they can choose from a menu of options, which allows them to spend more time infecting more victims with ransomware and other malware, stealing data, or otherwise monetizing such efforts (see: Access Brokers: Just 10 Vendors List 46% of All Offers).

When dealing with initial access brokers, the access being sold may include network access, but most often refers to the ability to buy working RDP or VPN credentials.

average minimum price a buyer will pay for access is $1,600 and the average maximum is $56,250, Kela reports, although in some cases, initial access brokers will instead accept a cut of any ransom a victim pays, with the going rate for a broker typically being about 10% of any ransom payment.

47% of all buyers said they wanted U.S. victims; 37% said they wanted Canadian or Australian victims; and 32% sought victims in Europe.

Frequent Blacklists: Russia, Healthcare

Perhaps predictably, Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States countries - Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine - tend to be on buyers' blacklists, Kela reports.

Also on buyers'
blacklists: organizations in the healthcare and education sectors, for 47% of all buyers; government agencies for 37% of buyers; and nonprofit organizations for 26% of buyers. govinfosecurity.com

NOW Open for Comment | NIST's Draft Ransomware Risk Management Profile
In an ongoing effort to
provide practical and actionable guidance to help organizations manage growing cybersecurity risks, NIST has released a draft ransomware risk management profile. The Cybersecurity Framework Profile for Ransomware Risk Management, Draft NISTIR 8374, is now open for comment through October 8, 2021.

The draft profile, prepared by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), identifies security objectives from the NIST Cybersecurity Framework that
can help prevent, respond to, and recover from ransomware events. It can be used as a guide to managing risk-including helping gauge an organization's readiness to mitigate ransomware threats and react to potential impacts. The profile addresses issues that were raised in public comments on a preliminary draft released in June.

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Russian Botnet Operator
Selling Access to Computers - Faces 17 Yrs in U.S. Fed Prison

Ukrainian Cyber Criminal Extradited For Decrypting The Credentials Of Thousands Of Computers Across The World And Selling Them On A Dark Web Website
Tampa, Florida - Acting United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the extradition of Glib Oleksandr Ivanov-Tolpintsev (28, Chernivtsi, Ukraine) in connection with charges of conspiracy, trafficking in unauthorized access devices, and trafficking in computer passwords. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum penalty of 17 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Ivanov-Tolpintsev that the United States intends to forfeit $82,648, which is alleged to be traceable to proceeds of the offenses.

Ivanov-Tolpintsev stated that his botnet was capable of decrypting the login credentials of at least 2,000 computers every week. Ivanov-Tolpintsev then sold these login credentials on a dark web website that specialized in the purchase and sale of access to compromised computers. Once sold on this website, credentials were used to facilitate a wide range of illegal activity, including tax fraud and ransomware attacks.

Ivanov-Tolpintsev was taken into custody by Polish authorities in Korczowa, Poland, on October 3, 2020, and extradited to the United States pursuant to the extradition treaty between the United States and the Republic of Poland. Ivanov-Tolpintsev was presented on September 7, 2021, before United States Magistrate Julie S. Sneed, and ordered detained pending trial. justice.gov

When These Folks Travel The FBI isn't Far Behind
Caught him at the airport trying to fly back to Russia

Russian Trickbot Gang Member Stranded After COVID-19 Restriction - Arrested
A Russian citizen, alleged to be working as a developer for the malware-spreading organization Trickbot, reportedly has been arrested at Seoul-Incheon International Airport. He was questioned by Korean authorities following an extradition request from the U.S. (He'll have his day in court in the U.S.)

A report from the South Korean news outlet KBS News says the Russian was involved in developing code for the Trickbot malware gang.

The man, who is being identified as "A," was arrested while trying to leave South Korea to return to Russia after having been stranded in Korea for more than a year and a half due to COVID-19, the report says.

Trickbot first appeared as a banking Trojan in 2016, but it evolved into a botnet that could deliver other malicious code, such as ransomware. Before the Microsoft takedown in October 2020, the botnet was closely associated with Ryuk ransomware. govinfosecurity.com

Editor's Note: His attorney claimed in Seoul High Court that if they allowed the extradition he'd "likely be subjected to excessive punishment."

Microsoft: Attackers Exploiting Windows Zero-Day Flaw
Microsoft Corp. warns that attackers are exploiting a previously unknown vulnerability in Windows 10 and many Windows Server versions to seize control over PCs when users open a malicious document or visit a booby-trapped website. There is currently no official patch for the flaw, but Microsoft has released recommendations for mitigating the threat.

According to a security advisory from Redmond, the security hole CVE-2021-40444 affects the "MSHTML" component of Internet Explorer (IE) on Windows 10 and many Windows Server versions. IE been slowly abandoned for more recent Windows browsers like Edge, but the same vulnerable component also is used by Microsoft Office applications for rendering web-based content. krebsonsecurity.com

CISA Releases Zero Trust Maturity Model for Public Comment





COVID Update

Retail Impact of Canada's Ever-Shifting COVID Rules
Last Minute Government COVID Mandates Putting Retailers in Canada in an Even Tougher Spot
Most customers are aware of the
ever-shifting rules, understand the rationale behind them, and are compliant with them. Occasionally, however, someone will react poorly, even aggressively, to being told they are unable to enter a store because of mask mandates. Retail employees generally have little to no training on how to handle customers who become belligerent or hostile, and this can increase anxiety among frontline staff.

Given adequate time to prepare for new mandates, retailers can prepare employees to defuse these potentially confrontational situations by arming them with the necessary messaging and a clear plan for what to do if a customer refuses to adhere to the restrictions. This is also where having proper and up-to-date signage can create a buffer between employees and irritable customers. When customers can clearly see the rules upon entering the premises, that can take some of the burden of enforcement away from employees.

Government has a duty to businesses

The pandemic has been tough on businesses of all sizes, but-faced with lockdowns and reduced capacity-small businesses in particular have been left feeling abandoned and unsupported.
It doesn't help that these restrictions are mandated with no advance warning and little indication of what's coming next.

The government has a duty to provide updates with sufficient notice, and to give businesses clear messages so they can quickly adapt to changing regulations. Public health departments can help alleviate much of the stress on retailers by providing them with such resources as easily reproducible, public-facing signs and graphics to provide clear guidelines for their customers. With mask mandates having flip-flopped multiple times during the past six months, officials also have a clear responsibility to advise business owners on appropriate enforcement of restrictions. retail-insider.com

Retailers Shielded from Ontario Vaccine Passport Plan
Ontario's COVID-19 vaccine passport plan unveiled, won't apply to retail

Plan goes into effect Sept. 22, digital verification app to follow on Oct. 22

Ontario residents will soon have
to show proof they've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine indoors at restaurants and go to gyms and theatres - but not necessarily to enter retail locations - the province announced Wednesday.

"enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate" system, as the Ontario government is calling it, will come into effect on Sept. 22.

At a news conference Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford said the new system came from "in-depth conversations" with experts based on "evidence and best advice." "We need to protect our hospitals;
we need to avoid lockdowns at all costs. We want our kids in schools, and our businesses to stay open," he said.

At first, fully vaccinated Ontarians will
need their current vaccination receipt with a valid photo identification to enter premises covered under the new system.

The receipts can be printed or downloaded from the provincial government website.
"Fully vaccinated" here means having had two doses, with the most recent at least 14 days prior. Neither a recent COVID-19 infection nor a recent negative test will substitute for two shots, officials said at a morning briefing for media. cbc.ca

COVID Crushing Canadian Restaurants
'No-Shows' Impacting Restaurants During Pandemic in Canada
OpenTable, the
world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has launched a campaign to let diners know the impact no-shows is having on the restaurant industry during this crucial period of economic recovery.

"When a diner doesn't fulfill a reservation,
it significantly impacts the restaurant's revenue," said Matt Davis, Country Director, OpenTable Canada, which has been available in this country for about 15 years. "At OpenTable, we have a responsibility to help build awareness of this issue and leverage our technology in every way possible to reduce no-show rates.

"To be honest, it's always been somewhat of a problem.
It's just become exacerbated over the course of the pandemic given the fact that restaurants have less inventory or tables because of capacity restrictions. Whenever a diner doesn't show up for a reservation, it makes more impact now than ever before because they could essentially wipe out that restaurant's profit margin for the evening just by not showing up."

To support restaurants through this period of recovery,
OpenTable has launched 'Show-Up for Restaurants' to spotlight the impact of no-shows and to encourage diners to modify or cancel their reservation when plans change. retail-insider.com

Easing U.S.-Canada Travel Restrictions
Feds ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals
The federal government welcomed
fully vaccinated foreign nationals back to Canadian soil Tuesday as frustrated families on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border urged Congress to find out why the White House isn't following their lead.

As of midnight Monday night,
quarantine requirements were eased for non-essential international travellers who have had a full course of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

To be eligible,
travellers must have allowed at least 14 days to pass since their last vaccine shot and show proof of a negative molecular test for COVID-19 that's no more than 72 hours old. ctvnews.ca

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Canadian Security announces Security Director of the Year 2021

Canadian Security magazine is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2021 Security Director of the Year award, Lina Tsakiris.

Tsakiris specializes in providing innovative security solutions through partnership building with key internal and external communities, as well as strategy and program creation for key corporate security initiatives. Tsakiris has more than 25 years of extensive global experience in enterprise security risk management, including intelligence, physical security and insider threat management.

Tsakiris joined CIBC in 2014, bringing with her a successful 15-year career in corporate security within the global financial services sector. She is also an executive volunteer at ASIS International and other security associations that provide coaching and mentoring for practitioners.

Tsakiris will receive her Security Director of the Year Award at the Canadian Security Honours virtual event, which will take place Oct. 7 at 1PM EST. You can read more about Tsakiris in the fall issue of Canadian Security, available in October. canadiansecuritymag.com

Canada's Rising Gun Violence - Up 81% Over 10 Yrs
Fact check: is gun violence rising in Canada?

There's an upward trend, but a rise in violence has not meant a rise in the rate of fatalities

The topic of guns has dominated the last week of the federal election campaign. Liberals have attempted to drive a wedge between themselves and the Conservatives over a ban on "assault" style weapons, and Conservative leader Erin O'Toole backtracked on a plan to reverse that ban.

But all the parties seem to agree on one thing - gun violence is a pressing and growing issue. "Our communities should be safe and peaceful places to live and raise children, but American-style gun violence is rising," the Liberal platform reads.

"Too many lives have been lost in Canadian cities to rising gun crime," the NDP platform concurs. In a news conference Saturday, Conservative leader Erin O'Toole said violent shootings have increased since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister.

An upward trajectory

Criminal gun violence has risen in Canada - and by a fairly significant margin, according to Statistics Canada. From 2009 to 2019 criminal use of firearms increased 81 per cent, the agency reported. 2019 saw a nine per cent increase over the previous year.

This includes not just discharging a firearm, but also pointing it - for example, as part of a bank robbery. And the COVID-19 pandemic did not do much of anything to reverse the trend.

Last year, there were 8,344 victims of violent crimes which involved guns, according to a report from Greg Moreau of the Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics. cbc.ca

Amazon's 'Career Day' Hits Canada
Amazon Announces First Canadian 'Career Day' on September 15
Amazon will be hosting its
first 'Career Day' in Canada on Wednesday September 15 and the event will give job seekers an inside look at the corporate, technology and Operations network positions currently open across the country. The Career Day will feature a variety of panel sessions, keynote addresses and fireside chats. Interested parties can register (at no cost) at amazoncareerday.com.

Globally, a team of
over 2,000 Amazon recruiters will conduct 30,000 free, 1-on-1 career coaching sessions with job seekers in one day. The recruiters will offer advice to those interested in the wide variety of jobs available at the company, including positions in Amazon's logistics network and corporate and technology roles at Tech Hubs in Vancouver and Toronto, where teams support Amazon Web Services (AWS), Alexa, Amazon Advertising, Retail and Operations Technology, Prime Video, and other businesses. retail-insider.com

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Toronto Mall Shooting Fallout
Arrest warrant issued for fourth person in Yorkdale Mall shooting
A fourth person is wanted by Toronto police in connection with the brazen Aug. 29 shooting at Yorkdale Mall that lead to lockdown in the mall and surrounding area. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Isaac Stafford, 23, for discharging a firearm with intent and are asking for the public's assistance in finding him.

Stafford is described as 5-foot-10, 150 lbs, with braided hair, and is known to be armed. Anyone who sees Stafford should not approach him but immediately call police on 911.

It's alleged that two groups -
two men and a woman and three men - were involved in a fight at the mall near The Bay which led to seven shots being fired between them.

Officers arrived on the scene and arrested one man, Ayobami Owusu, 25, of Toronto nearby
with the help of mall security and a loaded Glock-19 firearm was found as well as ammunition.

The day after the shooting incident, a second man and woman, Brandon Neliko, 22, of Toronto and Charlotte Koehler, 29, of Toronto, both known to police, were arrested in south Etobicoke. o.canada.com

Man charged after assault at Thunder Bay convenience store

Man arrested following armed robbery at Peterborough convenience store

Images released of Kitchener store robbery suspects

Robber uses knife to threaten Richmond convenience store clerk; suspect charged

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New Legislation Targets Amazon Warehouses
California could force Amazon to improve conditions for warehouse workers

A bill targeting warehouse quotas is expected to go to a State Senate vote this week.

A California bill centered around
warehouse labor issues is set to go to a State Senate vote this week. Should it become law, the legislation could require Amazon and other warehouse companies to make significant changes. Bill AB-701, which passed the State Assembly in May, would force warehouse operators like Amazon to be transparent about the quotas their workers are expected to meet.

"The bill would provide that
an employee shall not be required to meet a quota that prevents compliance with meal or rest periods, use of bathroom facilities or occupational health and safety laws," the legislative counsel's digest for the proposed legislation reads. The bill also seeks to ban employers from punishing employees who don't meet quotas that don't allow them to take breaks or comply with health and safety rules. If workers can't realistically hit Amazon's productivity expectations, the company may have to lower quotas in the state.

Several Amazon workers have spoken of
foregoing or minimizing bathroom breaks to ensure they meet quotas. According to reports, the company's expectations lead many delivery drivers to pee in bottles and coffee cups instead of taking time to use a restroom. Warehouse workers have shared similar complaints. Amazon closely monitors worker productivity, including how long each employee spends away from their stations.

An Amazon spokesperson told The New York Times that "terminations for performance issues are rare," but they didn't comment directly on the bill.

Last year, it emerged that
Amazon reportedly expects workers to scan 400 items an hour at fulfillment centers that use robots. According to a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the rate of serious injuries sustained at those warehouses was 50 percent higher than in Amazon warehouses that aren't automated. engadget.com

Online Fraud Perception: Retailers vs. Consumers
Merchants Overestimate Their Ability To Stop Online Shopping Fraud, but Customers Are Skeptical and Blame Retailers
There is a
huge disconnect in online shopping fraud perception between retailers and consumers, according to fraud detection solutions provider Riskified.

A survey conducted on 4,000 customers and 400 retailers in the
U.S., UK, France, and Germany found that fraud was perceived differently in the eyes of shoppers and retailers.

three-quarters of online shoppers felt retailers weren't doing enough to prevent online fraud, while nearly half blamed merchants instead of the criminals.

Retailers are overconfident about stopping online shopping fraud but customers are skeptical

The report found that
online fraud is keeping up with eCommerce growth. Ecommerce grew by 28% to $4.3% in 2020 and is expected to reach $6.4 trillion by 2024. The researchers noted that the growth of online commerce led to a rise in eCommerce fraud in volume and complexity. Nearly half (49%) of US respondents said they were victims of credit card fraud at least once in their lives, with 22% falling victims within the past year.

Surprisingly, Riskified found that more
(40%) shoppers blamed the retailer than those (33%) blaming the fraudster. Nearly three-quarters (71%) of U.S. consumers believed the retailer could have done more to prevent fraud.

More than half
(55%) of the retailers believed in their ability to prevent online shopping fraud, with only over a third (34%) of consumers trusting their merchants' abilities to stop eCommerce fraud. Nearly half (44%) believe retailers will find it harder to stop eCommerce fraud as criminals advance their skills. cpomagazine.com

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DOJ: Buffalo Man Going To Prison For Defrauding TJ Maxx Out Of Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars
Raymond D. Stover, 36, of Buffalo, NY, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud, was sentenced to serve
29 months in prison. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $169,330.03 to TJ Maxx Companies, Inc.

Between May 2014 and August 18, 2018, the defendant participated in a
multi-state scheme to defraud TJ Maxx Companies, Inc. (TJX) by engaging in receipt-less returns of stolen merchandise. TJX operates various retail chains, including Marshals and T.J. Maxx. During the course of the scheme, Stover stole items from TJX stores, and then returned the stolen merchandise without a receipt in exchange for a Store Value Credit (SVC) using identification documents in his name and the names of aliases he used. The defendant then sold the SVC gift cards he obtained to individuals and pawnshops for cash.

During the course of the scheme,
Stover received a total of $149,360.11 in TJX SVC gift cards. In addition, TJX Investigators spent $19,969.92 investigating the defendant. justice.gov

Two Dayton residents plead guilty in identity & financial fraud scheme
Myrtle Lynn "Mi Mi" Jackson, 38, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today, and Joshua Dylan "Jo Jo" Chapman, 29, pleaded guilty on August 4, to conspiring to engage in access device fraud and to aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, the defendants stole victims' personal information from occupied and unoccupied residences, vehicles and mailboxes. Jackson and Chapman then used stolen credit cards, debit cards and checks to illicitly acquire cash, drugs, and other goods and services.

Jackson and Chapman
used the proceeds of their fraud scheme to buy illicit drugs and make purchases at Walmart, Dollar General, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Lees Famous Chicken. The fraudulent funds were also used to pay for motel rooms and for gambling activities at a casino in Dayton. The charged conspiracy transpired from May 28, 2019 - triggered by the tornadoes in the Greater-Dayton area - until/ May 11, 2021.

Conspiring to engage in access device fraud is a federal crime punishable by up to 90 months in prison. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison in addition to any other sentence imposed. justice.gov

Keizer, OR: Watch shameless shoplifters brazenly stroll out of Lowe's store with packed carts
Two bold thieves strolled out of a Lowe's in Oregon with thousands of dollars of merchandise - a brazen heist that cops say is part of a shoplifting surge during the coronavirus pandemic. Footage of the shoplifters posted to Facebook on Aug. 25 shows them calmly walking out of the Lowe's store in Keizer, where store employees looked on but didn't stop them. "Can you show me the receipt?" one female employee asks the men, prompting one to tell the other to show the slip as they kept on walking. "No, I don't think so." A second Lowe's employee then approaches the men as they walk out, but the female worker said it wasn't worth his trouble, the clips shows. "Hey, don't do this," she tells her colleague. "It's not worth it." Another customer who filmed the incident, an electrician named Andrew Sullivan, told the Keizer Times last week that the men made off with thousands of dollars worth of electrical wire. "It was so blatant, that's what riled me up," Sullivan told the weekly newspaper. "They were just strolling through the parking lot, just riding the carts."

Pembroke Pines, FL: 2 Sought, Accused In Theft Of Nearly $2K Of Victoria's Secret Merchandise
Pembroke Pines police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying two individuals they say stole nearly $2,000 in merchandise from a Victoria's Secret store. Authorities said it happened at the store on the isy11400 block of Pines Boulevard back in June 26 of this year. Police said the suspects entered the business and worked in unison to select undergarments valued at $1,830. They say all the items were placed inside large bags they had brought into the store.

Tulsa, OK: Tulsa police arrest 3 for alleged Dollar General robbery
The Tulsa Police Department arrested three suspects after they allegedly took a cart full of items from a Dollar General store in north Tulsa. Monday morning, suspect Lanita Elliot attempted to run out of a Dollar General store with a cart full of items. When an employee grabbed the cart in an attempt to stop Elliot, another suspect, Richard Olden, ran up and pointed a knife at the employee. The two then fled the scene with a third female suspect in a silver sedan.

Sahuarita, AZ: Man facing host of charges, others wanted for Organized Retail Theft and drug possession
The Sahuarita Police Department said Jonathan Ray Irby, 40, was arrested on charges of organized retail theft, drug possession, possession of burglary tools and outstanding burglary warrants. As of Monday, Sept. 6, he was being held in the Pima County Jail on a $2,500 bond. It started around 9 p.m. when officers received a report of a theft from the TJ Maxx on South Nogales Highway. The SPD said the suspect vehicle was spotted and officers, along with a deputy from the Pima County Sheriff's Department, tried to pull it over on Pima Mine Road.

The vehicle didn't stop and the suspects threw items out of the windows during the chase, according to the SPD. Some of those items included suspected stolen property and drug paraphernalia. Irby allegedly later jumped out of the vehicle and tried to run away, but was quickly captured by an SPD officer. The other occupants of the vehicle later abandoned it about a mile east of the mine gate. They were not found, despite help from PCSD K-9 units and a helicopter.
The SPD said around $1,500 in stolen merchandise from different businesses was found in the vehicle, along with a small amount of fentanyl and meth. kold.com

Houston, TX: Suspects wanted for multiple Delivery Robberies outside Pharmacies

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Shootings & Deaths

Houston, TX:2 people shot to death in murder-suicide at Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown Houston
Two people were shot to death in the lobby of a Marriott hotel in downtown Houston on Tuesday in what police say was a murder-suicide. It happened at the Marriott Marquis Houston hotel on Walker Street at around 3:33 p.m. According to an update issued by Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, when officers arrived, they found a woman and a man dead in the lobby. Finner described the victim as a white female in her late 20s. The suspect was described as a Black male in his late 30s. He confirmed the shooting was a murder-suicide. "The gentlemen did come in at some point ... shot the female and then immediately shot himself," said Finner. abc13.com

Houston, TX: Shooter on the run after store clerk shot to death in Liberty
Family and friends of a store clerk who was shot to death Monday night while he worked never feared that kind of violence for him. "That kind of stuff [doesn't] happen over in this Liberty County area," said neighbor Balraj Singh. Gurjitpal Singh, 22, was working at a store at the corner of Highway 90 and FM 563 in Liberty when he was shot twice and later died. The store did not have surveillance video of the suspect and Liberty police did not release a possible motive, but store manager Satish Nakarmi said he spoke to an eyewitness. "He had an argument with a guy who was drunk and he wanted him to leave the store and not come back, but he kept coming back," explained Nakarmi. "After about 15 minutes, I don't know who, but it seems the same guy came and shot him twice." The gunman took off.

Corpus Christi, TX: Death row killer scheduled for execution, victim's son says 'It's your time to go'
The man who killed a Corpus Christi convenience store worker during a robbery is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday evening.
John Henry Ramirez killed Pablo Castro as Castro was taking out the trash at the convenience store he worked at. Ramirez slashed Castro's throat and stabbed him over two dozen times. He got away with only $1.25. kristv.com

Grand Valley, AZ: Woman charged with Attempted Murder after shooting Mohave County deputy in hand
A woman was arrested after shooting a Mohave County deputy in the hand in Golden Valley on Tuesday morning, a police official said. Police have identified the woman as 51-year-old Brenda Kay Thomas. The Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an erratic woman walking inside the Maverick County Store with a gun in her hand at about 9:15 a.m., according to Bullhead City police spokesperson Emily Fromelt. Thomas was reported to be uncooperative and combative with responding deputies, but they were able to arrest her on suspicion of disorderly conduct with a weapon and resisting arrest, Fromelt said.
As she was being escorted outside in handcuffs, Thomas grabbed the deputy's weapon out of its holster and shot him in the hand, Fromelt said. Though Thomas was no longer armed with the deputy's weapon, another deputy at the scene used a stun gun on her, Fromelt said. azcentral.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Paris, France: 2 suspects arrested after $11 Million Bulgari jewelry heist in Paris
Police in Paris arrested two suspects after a Bulgari jewelry heist on Tuesday at the posh Place Vendome. One suspect was shot in the leg by a officer before being arrested. Armed robbers struck a Bulgari store and snatched jewelry worth 10 million euros ($11.84 million) on Tuesday, police in the French capital said. Three individuals, wearing sharp suits and armed with guns, robbed the recently revamped boutique on the square in central Paris, where the Ritz hotel is located, shortly before midday. The three fled in a car while four accomplices took flight on scooters. Forced to abandon their vehicle, the trio fled on foot before two were arrested by the chasing police. A representative of Bulgari, which is owned by Bernard Arnault's LVMH, could not comment immediately. Jewelry stores in Paris have suffered a spate of armed robberies in recent months. Crime and security are likely to feature heavily among voters' main concerns in the 2022 presidential election. "It's not the first time Place Vendome is targeted," an officer at the scene who identified herself as Noura B. told reporters. "(But) these weren't (just) pistols they were armed with. Using large guns, taking that kind of risk ... is something that happens rarely." yourvalley.net

Secaucus, NJ: Man gets in fist fight, arrested, at Best Buy after getting caught stealing cell phone
On September 1st, at about 7:48 p.m., Secaucus police officers responded to the area of 925 Paterson Plank Road on a report of a fight outside the Best Buy. A victim tracked her stolen phone to Best Buy, so she and her boyfriend responded to the location and observed a man they saw at a previous location and deduced he had stolen the victim's phone, Miller said in an email. A fight then ensured between the victim's boyfriend and Walter Garcia-Ramos. He fled the scene and was later apprehended by the police, with the phone being recovered from Garcia-Ramos' vehicle. As a result, he was charged with receiving stolen property, issued his complaint summons, and released from police custody, explained Miller.

Oxford, MS: Gas station employee accused of $3,000 theft




AT&T- Clearwater, FL - Armed Robbery
Beauty - Phoenix, AZ - Robbery
C-Store - Salisbury, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Downers Grove, IL - Armed Robbery
CBD - Centereach, NY - Burglary
Dollar General - Dyersburg, TN - Robbery
Dollar General - Tulsa, OK - Armed Robbery
Goodwill - Escambia County, FL - Burglary
Granger - Pasco, WA - Burglary
Guns - Newington, CT - Burglary
Jewelry - Norfolk, VA - Robbery
Jewelry - Auburn, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Centralia, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Fayetteville, NC - Robbery
Liquor - Niles, IL - Burglary
Liquor - Pittsfield, MA - Robbery
Pet - Boise, ID - Robbery
Pharmacy - Houston, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Southgate, MI - Burglary
Restaurant - Pittsfield, MA - Robbery
Walgreens - Hazel Park, MI - Armed Robbery
Walgreens - Buffalo Grove, IL - Robbery
7-Eleven - Hampton, VA - Armed Robbery


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• 17 robberies
• 6 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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