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Genetec announces new major release of Security Center

Security Center 5.11 simplifies the path to owning a unified security system and introduces the Genetec Web App, a new, intuitive, map-based application that runs on any modern web browser.

Montreal, September 8, 2022 - Genetec Inc. ("Genetec"), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, today announced a major new release of its flagship unified security platform, Security Center.

With version 5.11, customers will have access to every module of Security Center, including Omnicast™ (video monitoring), Synergis™ (access control), AutoVu™ (automatic license plate recognition), Sipelia™ (intercom) and intrusion monitoring, right out-of-the-box.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

ORC Hot Spot Rolls Out Tougher Penalties for Shoplifters
Aurora, CO City Council takes up proposal on jail time for shoplifters

An Aurora City Council committee will take up a proposal Thursday that could send people to jail for a minimum of three days if they steal from a store.

The proposal would apply to shoplifters convicted of taking more than $300 worth of merchandise. Aurora Police said retail thefts have gone up in the city and that officers think the crime is underreported because retail employees often don't engage with shoplifters.

Havana Street in Aurora is a hot spot for retail stores. It also draws the people who steal from them. Council member Danielle Jurinsky, who is introducing the proposed ordinance, said she's trying to keep shoplifters out of the area.

"Crime has just exploded, and I know it is a nationwide problem, but of course I can effect change and have impact in Aurora," she said.

Aurora Police said that retailers in the Havana Business District have expressed concern about their losses and the rise of thefts. The Police Department has met with big-box retailers there, and stores are providing officers with a list of their most frequent shoplifters.

Jurinsky said she thinks her proposal would deter more people from stealing products. "At least putting them in jail for three days - hopefully it makes it uncomfortable enough for them that they want to stop," she said.

The Public Safety, Courts and Civil Service Police Committee will vote on the ordinance on Thursday. If passed, it will head to the full council for consideration at its next study session meeting on Sept. 19. 9news.com

NYC's Summer Crime Surge
Summer 2022 crime surged in nearly every major category, NYPD stats reveal

Crime didn't take a holiday over the summer of 2022.

Worries that warm weather would bring out the Big Apple's bad guys proved true, with repeated examples of innocent New Yorkers falling victim to gunmen, crooks, perverts and violent maniacs. Official statistics show the NYPD tracked weekly spikes in almost every category of major crime except murders and rapes in June, July and August, compared with last year.

The only exceptions were felony assaults, which declined twice, and auto thefts, which dipped once. As of last week, the rate of serious crimes was up 35.6% over 2021, with robberies, burglaries, grand larcenies and auto thefts rising between 32.6% and 46.6% each.

The distressing situation in late July led Mayor Eric Adams to call in vain for a special session of the state Legislature to address his repeated requests for a rollback of the controversial 2019 bail-reform law. But with summer's official end on Labor Day, there's worries Gotham's public safety could be headed in the same downward spiral as the soon-to-be falling leaves.

Prosecuting the innocent

A July 1 attack on a bodega worker in Upper Manhattan sparked widespread outrage after a 61-year-old immigrant wound up charged with murder for stabbing the ex-con who stormed behind the counter, pushed him against a wall of merchandise and tried to lead him away.

Jose Alba spent nearly a week locked up on Rikers Island following his fatal encounter with Austin Simon, 35, inside the Blue Moon convenience store in Washington Heights shortly after 11 p.m.

Following demands from politicians and everyday New Yorkers who saw the slaying as an object lesson in self-defense - as well as a series of front-page Post reports - progressive Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg finally decided to drop the case July 19. nypost.com

Big Apple's Busiest Burglar Strikes Again (and Again)
NYC's 'most prolific' burglar back behind bars
Meet the Big Apple's busiest burglar. Jose Colon, 51, has more than 90 busts dating to 1991 and was out on parole after being sprung from prison in June - but keeps getting freed to strike again, according to law enforcement sources and official records.

"He's the most prolific burglar in Manhattan right now," one cop told The Post. "It has to be tens of thousands of dollars, if not a hundred."

Colon's latest brush with the law came Tuesday, when he was charged with five new heists in Brooklyn's 76th Precinct - including for allegedly stealing two iPhones, construction supplies and an electric scooter.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office said they have no record of Colon's prior busts - but noted that cases that are no longer pending could be sealed.

"We are certain that he did well in excess of 100 burglaries," said a law enforcement source. "He victimizes many people while only having to serve one sentence for dozens of crimes. "He's back out again to victimize.

"What's the point of sending him to jail? They let him out on parole and he's out reoffending," our source said. "Textbook case of recidivism. "How many bites of the apple do you get?" he said. nypost.com

Retailers Across the Pond Fight Global Theft Surge
Tesco boosts security as 'desperate' people steal food as they 'have no money'

The cost of living crisis has reportedly caused a surge in desperate people shoplifting

As the cost of living crisis deepens, Tesco has taken steps to increase its security after reports that 'desperate' people are shoplifting food. The massive squeeze on the public's finances has led to a surge in shoplifters stealing food according to the supermarket giant's chairman John Allan.

This has led to the decision to beef up security including putting more tags on food despite the Tesco boss telling Times Radio he "can understand desperate people taking desperate measures". The chairman admitted that some people "literally had no money left" as food and energy costs soar.

Sainsbury's, meanwhile, has said it will pump £65 million into its pricing next month amid ratcheting pressure on customers' budgets.

Simon Roberts, chief executive of the supermarket chain, promised the brand will stand with its customers "to ease the financial pressure they face". Tesco and Sainsbury's make up a third of the so called Big Six supermarkets.

Many supermarkets have also expanded their 'essential' and 'value' ranges offering customers cheaper own brand products. However Which? has pointed out that supply chain issues and increasing numbers of people looking to cut down on their grocery bills have meant that value products were out of stock on three times as many days from December 2021 to February 2022, compared with two years previously. mylondon.news

UK Police Chiefs Sound the Alarm
Police 'fear surge in crime & civil unrest' driven by cost of living crisis this winter
Police chiefs are drawing up contingency plans to deal with an expected rise in crime this winter as the cost of living crisis worsens, it has been reported. Forces are said to be braced for a breakdown in public order and even corruption among officers as energy bills become more expensive.

A national strategy paper, written in the summer, has revealed police chiefs are increasingly concerned that "economic turmoil and financial instability" has the "potential to drive increases in particular crime types", according to The Sunday Times.

The document says these include "acquisitive" offences, such as shoplifting, burglary and vehicle theft. Police chiefs also fear a spike in online fraud and blackmail.

The document, drawn up with input from the National Police chiefs' council, says: "Greater financial vulnerability may expose some staff to higher risk of corruption, especially among those who fall into significant debt or financial difficulties."

The government has announced a financial package to help people struggling with their bills. But charities and campaigners have warned that the measures do not go far enough and called for more action to offset soaring bills.  independent.co.uk

How Police Respond to Mass Demonstrations Impacts Your Stores
Department of Justice Releases Recommendations for Law Enforcement Response to Mass Protests and Protecting First Amendment Rights
WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced the release of 21st Century Protest Response: Promoting Democracy and Advancing Community and Officer Safety, which provides recommendations for state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies responding to mass demonstrations.

The COPS Office publishes materials for law enforcement and community stakeholders to use in collaboratively addressing crime and disorder challenges. These free publications provide you with best practice approaches and give you access to collective knowledge from the field. Below you can find our recent and featured publications, and you can also search the Resource Center or our Community Policing Topics pages for specific issues or call the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770. usdoj.gov

Dallas County Jails Reaching Capacity With Big Uptick in Felon's Incarcerated in 2022
One of the biggest reason people are waiting in jail is the sheer size of the felony case backlog and the increased wait times for steps in the criminal justice process. More than three-quarters of people in the jail are waiting for a trial, plea bargain or dismissal of their case, Hikel said.

According to data from the Office of Court Administration, the number of active and pending felony cases has increased more this year in Dallas County than in any other county, and most other urban counties saw decreases. dallasnews.com

D.C. quietly resumes enforcement of youth curfew after two-year pause

The news comes as Prince George's County prepares for a 30-day crackdown on its curfew for those under 17.

D.C. police quietly resumed enforcing the city's long-standing juvenile curfew last month in what the chief described as an effort to concentrate on areas where crime has spiked and young people tend to congregate.

Sixteen people have been picked up since Aug. 1 for violating the District's curfew, police said. The curfew restricts activity for those under 17 during nighttime hours.

The efforts from law enforcement to keep children and teenagers inside comes as both jurisdictions are struggling to reduce violent crime, with youth arrests in 2022 up about 12 percent in D.C. and 53 percent in Prince George's compared with the same time last year. washingtonpost.com

How effective are curfews in reducing crime? A criminologist weighs in
"What we know as criminologists is that curfews, for the most part, have very little impact, if any, on violent crime," Adams said.

Are increased fears of New York City crime justified?


COVID Update

610M Vaccinations Given

US: 96.8M Cases - 1M Dead - 92.8M Recovered
Worldwide: 612.2M Cases - 6.5M Dead - 589.9M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 796
*Red indicates change in total deaths

COVID Cases, Hospitalizations & Deaths

Post-COVID Remote Work War Heats Up
The battle to get workers back to the office is heating up
The battle to get employees back into the office is about to get a little more heated. Many companies experimenting with a hybrid work schedule have said they want employees to be in the office a set number of days each week.

But thus far, they have not done much to enforce those mandates, even as employees remain adamant in their desire to work remotely for more days than many CEOs want. But now that summer vacations and Labor Day are behind us, more employers may start taking a harder line.

Just how tough companies will get remains an open question, though. Currently, 69% of mid- to large-sized employers say they require employees with jobs that can be done remotely to be at work a set number of days, according to new survey data from business consulting firm Gartner.

Of that group, 25% require employees to be on site three days a week; and 16% are opting for a two-day minimum. A small number (4%) require just one day, while only 5% require workers to be in the office five days a week. Another 4% say they are requiring employees to show up either one day a month (2%), or one day per quarter (2%). cnn.com

Concerns Over China's COVID Lockdowns Continue to Grow
Businesses are shifting their supply chains away from China

China's 'Zero Covid' Bind: No Easy Way Out Despite the Cost
At least 65 million Chinese are currently under some form of lockdown, according to a tally by Chinese media, including the southwestern city of Chengdu, home to 21 million people. In cities that are not battling outbreaks, quashing Covid still dictates the rhythms of daily life. Residents line up for mandatory, regular testing and obsessively monitor their health codes, digital markers that dictate whether they can move freely.

Still, the question is how long China's calculus will remain in favor of the current approach. Youth unemployment is soaring, small businesses are collapsing and overseas companies are shifting their supply chains elsewhere. A sustained slowdown would undermine the promise of economic growth, long the central pillar of the party's legitimacy.

The costs of sticking to that strategy in the face of more contagious variants are becoming increasingly clear, as growth forecasts are slashed and factory and retail activity slumps. "The social and economic cost will continue to increase. So I think ultimately they're going to reach a point where the cost exceeds the benefits," Dr. Huang said. But, he added, "it just might be farther off." nytimes.com

$286M in COVID Fraud
Secret Service Cracks Down On COVID Fraudsters
Abused COVID relief funds totaling $286 million, intended for small companies but siphoned off by con-artists using stolen or made-up identities, have been recovered by the federal government, according to the Secret Service.

Estimates of the overall amount of federal, state, and municipal COVID relief funds distributed fraudulently range from $100 billion to over $500 billion. According to experts, it will probably take years to fully account for the fraud.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Roy Doston, who is in charge of the Secret Service's pandemic fraud investigations, said during the service's announcement on Friday that eradicating the fraud in the pandemic relief system will be a "long process." thecrimereport.org

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FTC Establishing New Surveillance Rules?
FTC to Host Forum on September 8 on Commercial Surveillance and Lax Data Security Practices
The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a public forum regarding its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on commercial surveillance and data security practices that harm consumers and competition.

It will take place Thursday, September 8, 2022, 2 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ET. The event will be held online. A link to view the forum will be posted to ftc.gov the day of the event and on the event page.

The event will feature remarks by FTC Chair Lina M. Khan, Commissioners Rebecca Kelly Slaughter and Alvaro Bedoya, as well as a staff presentation, two panel discussions, and comments from the public.

The Federal Trade Commission announced last month that it is exploring rules to crack down on harmful commercial surveillance and lax data security. Commercial surveillance is the business of collecting, analyzing, and profiting from information about people. Mass surveillance has heightened the risks and stakes of data breaches, deception, manipulation, and other abuses.

The FTC's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks public comment on the harms stemming from commercial surveillance and whether new rules are needed to protect people's privacy and information.

The FTC is seeking comment on a wide range of concerns about commercial surveillance practices. For example, some companies fail to adequately secure the vast troves of consumer data they collect, putting that information at risk to hackers and data thieves. There is a growing body of evidence that some surveillance-based services may be addictive to children and lead to a wide variety of mental health and social harms. ftc.gov

Retail will be the leading industry for AI spending over the next five years
Retail is a prime testing ground for AI/ML because it offers massive transaction volume and scale, complicated retail problem scenarios, and elevated levels of repetitive engagement relative to other industries.

While these investments will largely focus on solutions that improve the customer experience through automated customer service and recommendation engines, there are other areas where mature AI applications deliver substantive value to retailers, including demand forecasting, price optimization, computer vision and search

"AI is becoming more and more of an inherent retail capability, and soon will not only have ubiquitous application, but also be invisible to the retail consumer," said Ananda Chakravarty, research vice president, Retail Merchandising and Marketing Analytics Strategies at IDC. "The opportunities for retail AI are limited only by imagination, data, and culture."

The report, IDC Innovators: AI Opportunities in Retail (Doc #US42731417), profiles four emerging vendors focused on retail that have introduced powerful tools with successful AI outcomes.

AiFi uses computer vision and multi-level AI to identify products through pattern recognition and monitor human activity with biometric tracking using standard camera technologies. businesswire.com

Still an Uphill Climb for Union Organizers
Despite union wins at Starbucks, Amazon and Apple, labor laws keep cards stacked against organizers
Union organizing has shifted into high gear. But despite successful organizing drives at such corporate powerhouses as Starbucks, Amazon and Apple, it's still an uphill climb for unions seeking to sign up new members.

In recent history, those upstart union wins are very much the exception rather than the rule, and American labor laws remain stacked in employers' favor.

There were 826 union elections from January through July of this year, up 45% from the number held in the same period of 2021, according to a CNN analysis of data from the National Labor Relations Board, which oversees organizing votes at most US businesses. And the 70% success rate by unions in those votes is far better than the 42% success rate in the first seven months of 2021.

But there were only 41,000 potential union members eligible to vote in the 2022 elections. Even if the unions had won all those votes - NLRB data don't break down how many workers worked at each company holding a vote - it would be a drop in the bucket among the estimated 105 million workers at US businesses who don't belong to a union, according to Labor Department statistics. cnn.com

Fortune Best Workplaces in Retail 2022
Wegmans, Target, Sheetz make Fortune's 2022 Best Workplaces in Retail list
As grocers and convenience stores vie for a share of the limited talent pool, many look to differentiate themselves from the competition by offering a more enticing work environment with higher wages, better benefits and enhanced training programs.

A look at Fortune's recently released 2022 Best Workplaces in Retail list, reveals the top 20 retailers with satisfied employees who take pride in their work and feel valued by their employer.

To determine the Best Workplaces in Retail list, Fortune said it analyzed the survey responses of over 72,000 employees from its vetted list of "Great Place to Work-Certified" companies in the U.S. retail industry.

Wegmans, Target, Sheetz were ranked the top three (in that order), with Altar'd State, Publix Super Markets, Nugget Market, CarMax, CustomInk, LLC, Burlington Stores, and DriveTime rounding out the top 10 (in that order).

Click here to see the full list

New Wage & Safety Law Already in the Crosshairs
California Fast-Food Wage Law Opponents Begin Effort to Block It
Restaurant owners, business groups and other opponents of a new California law that could set the minimum wage for the fast-food industry as high as $22 an hour next year have begun an effort to postpone its implementation and let voters decide whether to permanently block it in 2024.

A proposed referendum seeking to overturn the law, known as the FAST Recovery Act, was filed with the California Attorney General's office Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the state's top lawyer confirmed. wsj.com

The rise and decline of Bed Bath & Beyond
Once one of America's most beloved big-box retailers, now it's closing 150 stores and slashing jobs

Target C-suite moves: Cornell staying three more years, logistics exec leaving

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Director, Loss Prevention job posted for Zips Car Wash in Plano, TX
The Director, Loss Prevention will oversee loss prevention staff while supporting and creating ZIPS loss prevention procedures and efforts to safeguard company assets, prevent and minimize theft, and reduce shortages and fraud. Hires and trains loss prevention staff. Organizes and oversees the schedules and work of loss prevention staff. Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive. Assists with discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy. indeed.com


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Genetec announces new major release of Security Center

Security Center 5.11 simplifies the path to owning a unified security system and introduces the Genetec Web App, a new, intuitive, map-based application that runs on any modern web browser.

Montreal, September 8, 2022 - Genetec Inc. ("Genetec"), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, today announced a major new release of its flagship unified security platform, Security Center.

With version 5.11, customers will have access to every module of Security Center, including Omnicast™ (video monitoring), Synergis™ (access control), AutoVu™ (automatic license plate recognition), Sipelia™ (intercom) and intrusion monitoring, right out-of-the-box.

"With Security Center 5.11, customers, existing or new, can now benefit from all the value that a unified security system provides right out of the box. This simplified offering eliminates any barrier to entry for organizations looking to get the most out of their security system and move to a unified system," explains Christian Morin, Vice President of Product Engineering and Chief Security Officer at Genetec Inc.

Beyond simplifying the path to unification, Security Center 5.11 includes a wide spectrum of powerful features as standard, including KiwiVision™ analytics (Privacy Protector, People Counting, Security Video Analytics, and Camera Integrity), Visitor Management, advanced mapping functions, threat level management, and more.

New Genetec Web App

The new version of Security Center also features the brand-new Genetec Web App, a map-centric, portable, and intuitive interface that can be deployed on any machine/device with a modern browser such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge. This allows customers to monitor their facility, quickly respond to incidents in real time, follow guided procedures, collaborate with other operators, and manage card holders, from wherever they are.

A security system for everyone in the organization

The new Genetec Web App extends enterprise security beyond the SOC (Security Operations Center) and empowers users who are not traditional security operators to interact with the security platform based on their role and needs. The app may be used by a security manager wanting to look in on a satellite location remotely, or by a receptionist who needs to manage visitor access, for example. With event monitoring, cardholder management, and incident management, the Genetec Web App goes beyond security monitoring, in an intuitive, lightweight, web-based interface.

Easy reporting

The Genetec Web App also drastically simplifies investigations of specific events or incidents where very little is known about what happened except for where and when it occurred. Operators can easily produce reports that focus on specific types of events or investigate everything within a specific area and time range.

Simplified path to the cloud

Security Center 5.11 brings compatibility with the upcoming Streamvault Edge™. Ideally suited for multi-site operations such as banking, retail, or businesses with remote or unmanned sites, Streamvault Edge simplifies the migration of existing security equipment to a hybrid-cloud architecture. The solution makes cameras cloud ready and enables secure local storage on cloud managed appliances while removing the need for advanced IT expertise at remote sites.

For more information, visit https://www.genetec.com/product-releases/security-center-5-11






Register Now: 2022 RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit

The 2022 RH-ISAC Summit will be back again this September 20-21!

Join RH-ISAC for a private, two-day event that brings together top cybersecurity leaders and teams representing the most prominent organizations in retail, gaming, hospitality, restaurants, grocers, consumer products, and other consumer-facing service companies.

The RH-ISAC Summit features an RH-ISAC member-driven agenda including sessions delivered by prominent thought leaders, experts from the provider community, collaborative workshops, cybersecurity exercises, and exceptional networking opportunities. This is the "can't miss" event for cybersecurity professionals from the retail and hospitality industries. We look forward to seeing you in September!

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77% of Retailers Hit with Ransomware in 2021
Retail Industry was the Second Most Targeted Industry by Ransomware in 2021, Sophos Survey Finds

77% of Retail Organizations were Hit with Ransomware, up from 44% in 2020

Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, today published a new sectoral survey report, The State of Ransomware in Retail 2022, which found that retail had the second highest rate of ransomware attacks last year of all sectors surveyed after the media, leisure, and entertainment industry. Globally, 77% of retail organizations surveyed were hit-a 75% increase from 2020. This is also 11% more than the cross-sector average attack rate of 66%.

"Retailers continue to suffer one of the highest rates of ransomware attacks of any industry. With more than three in four suffering an attack in 2021, it certainly brings a ransomware incident into the category of when, not if. In Sophos' experience, the organizations that are successfully defending against these attacks are not just using layered defenses, they are augmenting security with humans trained to monitor for breaches and actively hunting down threats that bypass the perimeter before they can detonate into even bigger problems. This year's survey shows that only 28% of retail organizations targeted were able to stop their data from being encrypted, suggesting that a large portion of the industry needs to improve their security posture with the right tools and appropriately trained security experts to help manage their efforts," said Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist, Sophos.

As the percentage of retail organizations attacked by ransomware increased, so did the average ransom payment. In 2021, the average ransom payment was $226,044, a 53% increase when compared to 2020 ($147,811). However, this was less than one-third the cross-sector average ($812K).

Additional findings include:

While the retail sector was the second most targeted industry, the perceived increase in the volume and complexity of cyberattacks against the industry were slightly below the cross-sector average (55% and 55% respectively)

92% of retail organizations hit by ransomware said the attack impacted their ability to operate and 89% said the attack caused their organization to lose business/revenue

In 2021, the overall cost to retail organizations to remediate a ransomware attack was $1.27M, down from $1.97M in 2020

When compared to 2020, the amount of data recovered after paying the ransom decreased (from 67% to 62%), as did the percentage of retail organizations that got all their data back (from 9% to 5%) globenewswire.com

Retail "Credential Stuffing Attack"
The North Face hit by cyberattack
The North Face is reporting that its e-commerce site suffered a "credential stuffing attack" during summer 2022. In a notification sent to customers who may have had information exposed in the attack, The North Face said that on Aug. 11, 2022, it detected unusual activity on its corporate e-commerce website.

AdvertisementFollowing an investigation, the company concluded that attackers launched a credential stuffing attack against its site between July 26 and Aug. 19, 2022. A "credential stuffing attack" is a type of cybersecurity attack where the attacker uses account authentication credentials, such as email addresses/usernames and passwords, often obtained from another source, such as a breach of another company, to gain unauthorized access to accounts.

Based on its investigation, The North Face said it believes that the attackers obtained email addresses and passwords of some customers, and may have also accessed the information stored on customer accounts, such as customer first and last name, date of birth, billing and shipping address(es), telephone number, unique The North Face customer ID number, gender, the date an account was created, reward member records, products that have been purchased on the site, customer preferences.

According to The North Face, payment card (credit, debit, or stored value card) information was not compromised in the attack, due to its tokenization of payment card details. Once it became aware of the attack, the company said it took steps including disabling passwords and erasing payment card tokens from accounts that were accessed during the attack timeframe.

In comments submitted to Chain Store Age, Uriel Maimon, head of emerging products at Human Security, said that credential stuffing attacks are the new frontier of cybersecurity.

"We should expect that the credentials stolen from The North Face will soon be tested on other apps that we use to power our daily lives," said Maimon. "Once cybercriminals have access to accounts, they can purchase goods, cash in loyalty points, sell the credentials on the dark web, or even take out lines of credit."  chainstoreage.com

The Role of the CIO has 'Expanded Beyond Technology'
CIOs find it most difficult to solve cybersecurity challenges
9-in-10 CIOs say that their role and responsibilities have expanded beyond technology, including non-traditional areas such as data analytics and business reporting (56%), sustainability/ESG (45%), DE&I (42%), HR/talent acquisition (39%), and sales/marketing (32%).

82% of Global CIOs say the CIO role has become more challenging compared with just two years ago as they are confronting a vast array of unique challenges, from the increasing use of AI and automation to talent acquisition in a global, remote workforce.

Globally, CIOs find it most difficult to solve challenges related to data privacy/security (66%), cybersecurity/ransomware (66%), keeping up with technological change (65%), managing fragmented IT vendor ecosystems (61%) and adopting/deploying new technology (60%).

Given the chance to reboot from scratch, most CIOs globally (57%) say they would replace half or more of their company's current technology. This is significantly higher in the UK, where 71% of CIOs would replace half or more of their company's current tech stack. helpnetsecurity.com

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California's Legal Cannabis Initiative Fueling Violence & the Black Market
The reality of legal weed in California: Huge illegal grows, violence, worker exploitation and deaths
Proposition 64, California's 2016 landmark cannabis initiative, sold voters on the promise a legal market would cripple the drug's outlaw trade, with its associated violence and environmental wreckage. Instead, a Los Angeles Times investigation finds, the law triggered a surge in illegal cannabis on a scale California has never before witnessed.

Rogue cultivation centers like Mount Shasta Vista now engulf rural communities scattered across the state, as far afield as the Mojave Desert, the steep mountains on the North Coast, and the high desert and timberlands of the Sierra Nevada.

Residents in these places describe living in fear next to heavily armed camps. Criminal enterprises operate with near impunity, leasing private land and rapidly building out complexes of as many as 100 greenhouses. Police are overwhelmed, able to raid only a fraction of the farms, and even those are often back in business in days.

The raids rip out plants and snare low-wage laborers while those responsible, some operating with money from overseas, remain untouched by the law, hidden behind straw buyers and fake names on leases. Labor exploitation is common, and conditions are sometimes lethal. The Times documented more than a dozen deaths of growers and workers poisoned by carbon monoxide.

The scale of the crisis is immense. A Times analysis of satellite imagery covering thousands of square miles of the state showed dramatic expansion in cannabis cultivation where land is cheap and law enforcement spread thin, regardless of whether those communities permitted commercial cultivation.

The boom accompanied a switch in cultivation technique, from annual harvests of outdoor plots to large, canopy-covered hoop houses that permit three to five harvests a year.

The explosive growth has had grave, far-reaching consequences, according to a Times review of state, county and court records as well as interviews with scores of local residents, legal and illegal cannabis growers, laborers, law enforcement, market analysts, community activists and public officials. latimes.com

Training is Key to Cannabis Security

Security Training for Dispensary Employees
One of the most crucial aspects of running a high-risk business is ensuring that your employees are well-versed in your dispensary's security standards and procedures. There is a clear correlation between your company's long-term success and how well trained your employees are. Trained employees off your business a better ROI because they are aware of the company's losses if they choose to break any policy, attempt theft, slack off, etc. Dispensary security training is more than paramount for your business and should remain a top priority to ensure your long-term success.

Dispensary Security: What To Go Over

Dispensary SOPs must cover every step of the retail process, beginning when a customer shows their ID and ends when the customer leaves the premises. The dispensary process must also include how employees handle cannabis products from the arrival shipment vehicle to when the product returns to the vault at the end of the day.

Another vital aspect of your security SOPs is training your employees on the opening and closing procedures of your dispensary. Ideally, Employee 1 will unlock or lock the store's front door, turn the alarm on/off, and have the store locked during this task. Employee 2 will wait and watch safely in a car once the perimeter is clear as Employee 1 disarms or activates the alarm. IMPORTANT NOTE: every employee must know the alarm duress code. Training and testing your employees on this is paramount for mitigating risk for your dispensary.

Why is Dispensary Training Important?

Internal employee theft is one of the greatest threats to any cannabis business and an estimated 90% of financial losses in the cannabis industry are traced to employee theft. We strongly recommend that any cannabis business implement a 'Culture of Honesty' policy to lay out accountability standards within all staff, the consequences that could occur if an employee does not follow policy, and create an 'Open Door' policy for employee concerns, as well as scheduling periodic staff meetings.  sapphirerisk.com

Bracing for NYC's Weed War
NYC weed war heats up as 'gray market' marijuana businesses face state pot regulations, retail licensing process
A pair of unlicensed Manhattan marijuana outlets targeted by the state are bracing for a weed war as New York prepares to tightly regulate the potentially lucrative pot selling business.

AdvertisementThe Empire Cannabis Clubs were ordered in a letter from the state Office of Cannabis Management to cease their dealings with its members, although an attorney representing the businesses insists they were operating fully under the law.

"Do I expect to go to war?" asked lawyer Steve Zissou. "Yeah, I do. And we're ready for a fight."

The letter sent to Empire Cannabis was also sent to 65 other weed purveyors across the state - including at least 14 New York City operations. It cited "so-called gifting where consumers purchase ... a membership in a club and are then provided cannabis as part of the sale."

But that number seems to be a drop in the bucket of the universe of openly operating weed-selling operations that have sprouted across the city and are run out of storefronts and trucks.

Marijuana is being sold in a gray market that offers weed to people who make "donations" to sellers, or buy memberships in businesses like the Empire Cannabis Club.

Aaron Ghitelman, spokesman for the Office of Cannabis Management, said there was no sanctioned grey market in New York state simply because the laws are black and white. "Simply put: you need a license to sell cannabis in New York. If you do not have one, you are not selling cannabis legally," he told the News. There are no exceptions. nydailynews.com

Cannabis Job Cuts & Store Closures
Marijuana companies lay off hundreds, retrench amid economic woes
Amid rising inflation and fears of a recession, North American cannabis companies are cutting hundreds of jobs, closing retail outlets and cultivation facilities or shuttering altogether.

The marijuana industry mirrors mainstream companies that saw similar demand and now are struggling to right-size their businesses. Sales of Peloton bikes spiked when gyms closed and people sought fitness alternatives; but the New York-based company has axed more than 4,000 jobs so far this year.The factors behind the cannabis retrenchment are numerous. They include falling wholesale marijuana prices, cash-strapped consumers and structural changes affecting the industry, experts said. mjbizdaily.com

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Applying Amazon's Playbook to a Smaller Company
Gopuff Workers Say Hiring Amazon Executives 'Destroyed' Operations

Sources described the result as a failed experiment applying Amazon strategies to a smaller company.

Gopuff warehouse managers knew times had changed the moment their corporate bosses started needling them about employee bathroom breaks.

Gopuff, the $15 billion rapid-delivery service, had hired new overseers from Amazon to run operations. With them came a hyperfocus on warehouse metrics. They wanted managers to track processes like the time it took between a customer placing an order and when a warehouse worker started packing it, or the time it took for a delivery driver to pick up a packed bag.

If warehouses slip below the companywide benchmark, the bosses would demand answers.

In one instance, a former Gopuff manager says he told his boss the warehouse missed a benchmark of three minutes to start packing an order because one of the two employees on duty the previous evening used the bathroom for a few minutes.

"Why didn't we plan for that?" the Gopuff operations executive replied. "How can we anticipate that problem?" These kinds of questions have become a regular occurrence, according to seven current and former Gopuff employees.

Gopuff, backed by investors including SoftBank and D1 Capital Partners, was following Amazon's e-commerce and logistics playbook. It sought Amazonians it felt were the best operators in the business. But current and former employees said Amazon's style hasn't translated well at Gopuff, as Amazon has plentiful capital and decades of infrastructure, while a smaller startup like Gopuff had more limited resources. businessinsider.com

Another Amazon Investigation
FTC investigating Amazon's purchase of One Medical
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Amazon's $3.9 billion acquisition of the primary health organization One Medical, a move that could delay the completion of the deal.

Both One Medical and Amazon received a request for additional information Friday in connection with an FTC review of the merger, according to a filing made with securities regulators by One Medical's parent, San Francisco-based 1Life Healthcare Inc.

Amazon announced plans in late July to buy One Medical, a concierge-type medical service with roughly 190 medical offices in 25 markets. Last week, the e-commerce giant said it would shutter its own hybrid virtual in-home care service called Amazon Care, a One Medical competitor, because it wasn't meeting customers' needs.

The One Medical deal, the first to be announced under CEO Andy Jassy, was another push into healthcare for Amazon following its acquisition of the online pharmacy PillPack for $750 million in 2018. cbsnews.com

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Detroit, MI: 7 'Clear Gods' members from Southfield, Detroit charged in $28 million fake cellphone upgrade scheme
A Detroit man and six current or former Southfield residents from the self-described "Clear Gods" are accused of conducting 26,000 transactions as part of a $28 million fake cellphone upgrade scheme. Officials said the "Clear Gods" group came up with a scheme to use people's personal information to acquire Apple devices on credit and resell them for profit. Members of the group would buy people's personal information from various locations, including "dump sites" on the internet, according to authorities. They would then use that information to open customer cellphone accounts with AT&T, officials said. After doing a credit check, the group would add themselves or associates as authorized users on the fraudulent accounts, which allowed them to charge devices to the customers, court records show.

Officials said the thieves would enter stores to "upgrade" the service lines on those accounts, and the new devices would be purchased on credit or charged to the fake accounts that had been set up. Members of the "Clear Gods" would then reverse the upgrades from the service lines, which often allowed them to repeat the scheme at other Apple store locations, according to authorities. They accessed AT&T's computer systems to create those false accounts, add authorized users, and clear the fraudulent upgrades from the service lines, officials said. At the start of the scheme, they did so by stealing RSA tokens and employee identifications and calling into an internal AT&T hotline while impersonating retail employees, according to court records. When AT&T restricted employee tokens -- disallowing remote access using personal computers -- members of the group acquired actual AT&T networked devices through social engineering and "sleight-of-hand swapping" of broken or disabled tables for active tables from employees at stores, authorities said.

Sometimes, members of the group would outright steal networked devices from AT&T stores, according to officials. "Throughout the scheme, the defendants routinely sought out and worked with corrupt AT&T retail store employees," a release says. The scheme began as early as June 2017 and continued through at least September 2019, according to authorities. Officials said the group conducted more than 26,000 fraudulent transactions and stole more than $28 million. clickondetroit.com

Kalispell couple sentenced to more than 30 months in prison in scheme to steal mail and use stolen credit cards to defraud businesses
MISSOULA - Michael Thomas Kullberg, 34, was sentenced to 31 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Kullberg’s wife, Jennifer Don Smith, 38, was sentenced to 32 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Both Kullberg and Smith were ordered to pay $2,302 restitution, which consisted of the fraudulent charges and reimbursement for stolen mail.

On at least two occasions in March and April 2020, Kullberg, while wearing a GPS unit for a previous felony conviction, stole mail and packages from rural mailboxes of at least 300 residents in the Eureka, Libby, Kila and Marion areas. Kullberg also stole at least two credit cards from the incoming mail, and used them, while wearing his GPS unit, to make fraudulent charges at various businesses Eureka and Kalispell. justice.gov

Los Angeles, CA: 6 suspects attempt smash-and-grab robbery in downtown LA Jewelry District
A group of people six people, all dressed in black, attempted to smash display cases with their hands and grab what they could from a tenant at St. Vincent Jewelry Center in downtown Los Angeles. Tuesday's incident in LA's Jewelry District ultimately failed, but the attempted smash and grab comes on the heels of a significant uptick in these types of robberies over the last two years. During Tuesday's incident, employees used the display cases as barriers and fought back, throwing different objects that would be robbers. Later, one of the suspects was detained by a security guard in a nearby parking lot and was eventually taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department. Avedian said the majority of his tenants at St. Vincent are from other countries and put their entire livelihood on the line for the jewelry they're selling.  cbsnews.com

Carlsbad, CA: Armed robbers steal merchandise worth $125K from Carlsbad jewelry store; two suspects arrested
Two men were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of robbing employees at a Carlsbad jewelry store, taking $125,000 worth of merchandise and fleeing on e-bikes, police said. Khaliq Jones, 26, of Oceanside, and Gregory Shearrill, 26, of Hemet, were booked into the Vista jail in connection with the incident at Daniel's Jewelers in The Shoppes at Carlsbad on El Camino Real, according to the Carlsbad Police Department. Police responded to reports of a robbery at the jewelry store shortly after 4 p.m., where two men - armed with a handgun and a sledgehammer - entered the store and smashed the glass display cases, department spokesperson Jodee Reyes said in a news release. After taking jewelry, the men fled south on e-bikes, Reyes said. Police, with help from witnessed, were able to locate the suspects. sandiegouniontribune.com

Boulder, CO: One defendant pleads guilty, sentenced to 16 years in Colorado bike theft ring
One person has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to an organized crime charge involving smash-and-grab burglaries at Colorado bike shops last year. The state attorney general indicted eight people last November resulting from an investigation the AG's office called "Operation Vicious Cycle." At a hearing last week Austin Butler, 23, was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, one count of second-degree burglary, and one count of aggravated motor vehicle theft. In the original indictment Butler was charged with 25 counts. The grand jury indictment last year charged that Butler recruited participants in the crime ring. The crime spree affected bike shops on Colorado's Front Range, including the Denver and Boulder areas. All told, the eight individuals indicted were charged with 227 counts. The value of the stolen vehicles, stolen property, and property damage carried out from December 2019 until June 2020 was approximately $1.5 million. bicycleretailer.com

Albertville, AL: Update: 4 Joe's Pawn Shop defendants indicted, owner's hearing continued
Four of the six defendants charged in connection with the August raid on Joe's Pawn Shop were indicted by a Marshall County Grand Jury, according to court documents. John Eller, Zachary Shake, Dylan Green and Santo Andres were all charged with first-degree receiving stolen property after the August 4 raid on the shop by Marshall County Sheriff's investigators, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The four men were employed at the pawn shop. Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims said the raid followed a four-month investigation. During an Aug. 8 news conference, Sims said loss prevention officials from several large area stores, including Walmart, Target, Lowe's and Home Depot, were involved in the investigation. He said many of the items seized in the raid were in their original boxes. Officials said they found almost $42,000 worth of stolen items in the store along with 263 guns and $88,000 in cash. Pawn shop owner Joe Cephus Campbell III did not have a federal license to sell guns, according to ATF officials. He also pleaded guilty to a previous federal charge of conspiracy to deal firearms without a license. whnt.com

Butler County, PA: State Police investigate smash-and-grab burglaries at 6 C-Stores across 3 counties
Early Tuesday morning, suspect broke into a C-Store in Butler County and stole over 350 packs of cigarettes. State Police are looking for 3 suspects connected to all 6 Smash and Grabs in Lawrence, Beaver and Butler counties. Police say the suspects are in and out quickly, using trash bags and cans to target cigarette racks, selling or trading those stolen smokes for drugs.  cbsnews.com

Olympia, WA: Burglary suspect arrested after police say over 30K stolen from Olympia businesses
Olympia police said a suspect has been arrested after an estimated $33,000 worth of items were stolen from two downtown businesses. Police said they recovered clothing, items worn by the suspect during two burglaries, drugs, a 9 mm gun and two ballistic vests after obtaining a search warrant. The person was booked into jail on two counts of commercial burglary and one count of first-degree theft.  kiro7.com

Kenosha County, WI: Illinois man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Somers Walmart
31-year-old Illinois man is facing numerous felony charges here after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a big box retailer on Sunday. Brian Henryadam Davis, of Belvidere, Ill., was charged with felony retail theft by attempting to conceal $5,000 to $10,000 worth of merchandise, felony possession of narcotic drugs, two counts of felony bail jumping and two misdemeanor drug-related charges in Kenosha County Circuit Court. kenoshanews.com

West Kelowna, BC, CN: Prolific shoplifter arrested while loading stolen items in his vehicle
West Kelowna RCMP arrested a prolific offender Tuesday evening after spotting a man loading suspected stolen goods into a vehicle. At about 6 p.m. officers were making proactive patrols in the parking lot of a large department store in West Kelowna. Mounties noticed a prolific shoplifter wanted on several warrants who was loading suspected stolen merchandise into his vehicle and arrested him at the scene. Further investigation revealed excessive amounts of stolen items believed to have been taken in the previous two hours from three other different local businesses. "This suspect was identified as a priority by our detachment as he was responsible for stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronics and tools from our local merchants," said Cpl. Judith Bertrand for the West Kelowna RCMP. Police requested warrants for his arrest in June and July 2022 as a result of other significant thefts. "The West Kelowna RCMP will continue to work closely with the loss prevention officer working in these businesses to collect the best evidence and to ensure that these offenders accountable for their actions," said Bertrand. castanet.net

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AutoZone & Gas Station Among Targets of Memphis Shooting Rampage
Memphis gunman Ezekiel Kelly, who live-streamed shooting rampage, killed 4 people: police
A crazed gunman was arrested after killing four people and injuring three others in a series of shootings in Memphis Wednesday - including one that he live streamed on Facebook, police said.

Ezekiel Kelly, 19, who has a violent criminal record, launched his alleged rampage just before 1 a.m. and terrorized the city until after dusk when he was caught during a police chase at about 9:30 p.m., according to authorities.

Around 12:56 a.m., Kelly allegedly shot and killed a 24-year-old man in his driveway on Glendale Avenue, the police chief said. Several hours after the initial homicide, Kelly continued his alleged spree, targeting people at random and forcing frightened residents to shelter in place.

Just before 6 p.m., the crazed gunman opened fire at an AutoZone store on Jackson Avenue while livestreaming the attack, police confirmed. In a screen recording of the Facebook livestream shared widely on social media, Kelly can be seen getting out of a car and walking a few steps into the AutoZone store before pulling out a gun and firing it at a man inside the shop twice.

Before walking through the front door of the store, Kelly rants to the camera about "no faking, this sh- for real," according to the livestream. A citizen quickly alerted police about the video and soon after Memphis PD issued a public alert regarding Kelly and the vehicle he was reportedly driving.

At 8:55 p.m. police found a woman with gun shot wounds on West Raines Road. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Kelly then crossed the state line reportedly held a driver up at gunpoint and stole his Dodge Challenger at a gas station in Southaven, Mississippi - just below Memphis across state lines.  nypost.com

Indianapolis, IN: Update: IMPD make arrest after 19-year-old gunned down outside convenience store; shooting caught on camera
An arrest has been made in connection to the deadly shooting caught on camera outside of a convenience store on N. High School Road on Sunday night. According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, 19-year-old Julius Beverly was arrested on Wednesday. He is preliminarily charged with criminal recklessness and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to jail records. The shooting occurred just before 6 p.m. on Sunday night in the parking lot outside an Express Pantry at 4281 N. High School Road. Police reported arriving on scene and finding 19-year-old Dakylen White shot to death inside an SUV parked out front of the convenience store. fox59.com

Philadelphia, PA: Teen Shot, Killed Outside Northeast Philly Corner Store
A teenager was shot and killed outside a Northeast Philadelphia corner store early Wednesday morning, according to reports. The shooting occurred at about 2 a.m. on the 5500 block of Torresdale Avenue, Action News reports. Police were called to the area for a report of a shooting and found a 19-year-old man suffering from a gunshot to the head, according to NBC10. patch.com

Columbus, OH: One dead after shooting outside Donericks Pub House
A man has died after a shooting outside of Donerick's Pub House on East Broad Street. The shooting, which happened in front of 6935 East Broad Street according to Columbus Division of Police dispatchers, left Allen S. Wright II, 25, in critical condition. Medics took him to Mt. Carmel East hospital where Wright was declared dead at 1:17 a.m. nbc4i.com

San Leandro, CA: Guard critically wounded in San Leandro armored truck robbery outside hospital
An armored truck guard was shot during a robbery Wednesday morning at Kaiser Hospital, authorities said. The guard, who works for GardaWorld, was later listed in critical condition, authorities said. Police said the guard, identified only as a 60-year-old man, had worked for the company for nearly forty years. The shooting and robbery happened about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday on the grounds of the hospital, The guard had just made a pickup of a messenger bag with currency inside and was on his way back to his truck, parked on the complex's east side with another guard waiting behind the wheel. Suddenly, he was confronted by a suspect who shot and wounded him in his upper torso. Police said they believe the suspect then grabbed the bag and fled to a waiting getaway vehicle. Police are still trying to determine how much money was taken. San Leandro police Lt. Matt Barajas said in a statement. "We are grateful no one else was injured during the commission of this crime, but words cannot express how tragic this is." Barajas noted the guard was armed with his own gun "but didn't have a chance to protect himself." The wounded guard was initially treated at Kaiser, but was later transferred to another hospital. eastbaytimes.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Wheaton, IL: 3 charged with stealing from Oak Brook Nordstrom Rack, ramming police car, leading to 100+mph police chase
Three people appeared in bond court Wednesday on charges that they stole 4 pairs of children's boots from a Nordstrom Rack in Oak Brook, then rammed a squad car and led police on a pursuit that ended on the Tri-State Tollway. All three defendants are charged with one count each of burglary, aggravated assault by threat with a motor vehicle, and criminal damage to government-supported property - and three counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer. At 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oak Brook police were called for a retail theft at the Nordstrom Rack, west of the Oakbrook Center Mall. An investigation determined that the suspects all walked into the shoe department at Nordstrom Rack together - with Chew carrying empty bags, prosecutors said. Reed took four sets of children's boots from their boxes, put them in the bags the group brought, and put the boxes back on the shelves, prosecutors said. The group then left the store together, prosecutors said.

Officers turned on the lights and sirens on their squad cars when they arrived, at which point the car suspected of being involved in the theft - a Mazda 6 - slammed into the police car head on. Prosecutors said afterward, The suspects car reaching speeds higher than 100 mph as officers from multiple jurisdictions pursued. Oak Brook police pursued the car on the eastbound Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) from Highland Avenue, then on the southbound to the Tri-State Tollway, and then about 150 feet on northbound I-55 before ending up back on the southbound Tri-State. On the Tri-State just south of 75th Street, the Mazda was stopped by spike strips. Meanwhile, an unmarked police car was also rammed by a semi-trailer truck at the scene. An officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. cbsnews.com

Oakland, CA: DOJ: Money wire business owners, employees charged with laundering stacks of cash for drug dealers
In the latest federal law enforcement action targeting Bay Area drug trafficking organizations, the owners and employees of two Oakland money transfer businesses have been charged with laundering drug proceeds via wire transfers to Mexico. Felipe de Jesus Ornelas-Mora, Veronica Mora, Grisela Cancelada-Liceaga, and Yoselin Perez-Ramirez have all been charged with laundering money, a federal offense that carries up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Prosecutors say Ornelas-Mora owned Rincon Musical on International Boulevard; Cancelada-Liceaga, who had earlier worked for Ornelas-Mora as a cashier, owned America Latina on Fruitvale Avenue. Both Mora and Perez-Ramirez worked as cashiers at Rincon Musical, prosecutors say. mercurynews.com

Albuquerque, NM: DOJ: Las Cruces man charged with Lowe's armed robbery
According to the complaint, on July 27, Luciano and Joshua Lopez, 25, also of Las Cruces, allegedly attempted to walk out of a Lowes Home Improvement Store with an air conditioner without paying for the item. When two store employees and an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agent tried to stop them, Luciano allegedly pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the employees and fled in a vehicle. It was later discovered that the pistol was a pellet gun. Las Cruces Police (LCPD) officers located the vehicle and attempted to stop Luciano and Lopez. Luciano and Lopez allegedly led LCPD on a high-speed chase, ending in a parking lot on Telshor Boulevard in Las Cruces. The pellet gun was located inside the vehicle. A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Luciano faces up to 20 years in prison. justice.gov

Camden, NJ: DOJ: Man Admits String of 8 Gas Station Armed Robberies and Carjackings

Victoria, BC, CN: Business owner mulls closing downtown shop after repeated break-ins



Adult - Columbus, OH - Robbery
C-Store - Cumberland, MD - Robbery
C-Store - King, NC - Robbery
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Butler County, PA - Burglary
C-Store - Rochester, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Madison, WI- Burglary
C-Store - Madison, WI- Burglary
C-Store - Madison, WI- Burglary
C-Store - Madison, WI- Burglary
C-Store - Merced, CA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Kalamazoo, MI - Armed Robbery
CVS - Joliet, IL - Robbery
Clothing - Philadelphia, PA - Burglary
Department - Wheaton, IL - Robbery
Grocery - Burkburnett, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Carlsbad, CA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Los Angeles, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Temecula, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Jacksonville, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Newark, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Murfreesboro, TN - Robbery
Jewelry - Richmond Heights, MO - Robbery
Jewelry - Woodbridge VA - Robbery


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• 17 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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