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The Retail Impact

America's Shoplifting Epidemic Is Becoming Increasingly Deadly
CVS store manager killed by shoplifter as epidemic grows increasingly deadly
A CVS store manager was killed on the job by a man suspected of shoplifting, police say - the latest example of a US retail theft epidemic that is becoming increasingly deadly.

Michael Jacobs, 49 - an operations manager at CVS Pharmacy in Mesa, Ariz., where he had worked for the past 20-plus years - was shot and killed allegedly by Jared Sevey in the evening hours of Sept. 7, according to KKTV 11 News.

Sevey, 39, was reportedly inside the Arizona CVS location earlier that day,
arguing with Jacobs about shoplifting, KKTV reported. After the conflict, Sevey went home to get a gun.

Sevey admitted to police that
he shot Jacobs because he was "tired of being bullied," and "this was the last straw," according to the news outlet.

Stories of seemingly consequence-free shoplifting are everywhere: There's an
epidemic of drugstore thefts in New York, and a "landmark" grocery store in Baltimore shut its doors after nearly 25 years after a community desperate for fresh food resorted to simply stealing it.

Experts have blamed the surge on lax policies - including the passage of Prop 47 in California, which reduced theft from a potential felony to a misdemeanor - as well as calls to defund the police in 2020 following the murder of George Floyd, which resulted in a mass exodus of cops nationwide.

New York City, dubbed a "shoplifter's paradise" by some fed-up local politicians, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has faced blowback over his not requesting bail for some repeat shoplifting suspects. Bragg also has refused to bust thieves unless they pilfer items exceeding $1,000 in value, which is when theft becomes a felony.

no nationwide policy on how to deal with shoplifting, many employers have encouraged staffers to do nothing at all in an effort to keep them out of harm's way.

shoplifting epidemic cost retailers nearly $100 billion in 2021, and the number of shoplifting complaints surged to more than 63,000 last year - a 45% jump over the roughly 45,000 reported in 2021 and a nearly 275% jump compared to the mid-2000s, police statistics show. nypost.com

How Lowe's is Beating the Theft Crisis
Lowe's CEO says the solution to rising theft is clear: hire & train more workers

CEO Marvin Ellison attributed low theft rates to investing in the company's workers.

Unlike dozens of other retail executives,
Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison says the losses from retail theft this year are not expected to have a material impact on the company's profits.

"It is one of the areas of the business that we're most pleased with as a major big box retailer," Ellison said during a retail conference this week.

It's not by accident," Ellison said, highlighting technology investments and his stores' more rural and suburban locations as factors that help reduce shoplifting and organized retail crime.

More than the cameras, sensors, and secure merchandising displays,
Ellison said investing in human capital provides the most bang for retailers' buck in keeping crime out of stores.

Having spent my entire adult life in retail at every level, the one thing that I understand clearly is that the greatest deterrent for any type of theft activity is effective customer service," he said.

In other words,
having more employees engaging with customers in stores goes a long way toward preventing losses, a point made in recent weeks by leaders at Tractor Supply Co. and Best Buy.

Lowe's spends "a lot of time" training employees, Ellison said this week, and he described the company's asset protection team as "best-in-class in retail." Strong local partnerships with law enforcement also factor into the equation.

"So when you take all of those things together, they've been incredibly beneficial to us even in the second quarter," he continued. "It's a difficult environment - I've never seen anything like it - and we're incredibly pleased that
we're able to have a differentiated performance relative to the other major retailers." businessinsider.com

Another Major City Seeing 'Worse Than Ever' ORC
Organized crime permeates metro Denver's retail theft surge

The Colorado Retail Council says the main issue plaguing large retailers is not petty shoplifting - but organized retail theft

Almost a year ago,
the Aurora City Council approved an ordinance requiring minimum jail sentences of three days for people convicted of stealing $300 or more worth of retail goods, believing stricter penalties would deter would-be thieves.

A year later,
retail theft still plagues Aurora and the Denver metro area's retail businesses.

Is stricter punishment a deterrent?

While some may view the 215-call increase in Aurora from last year as implying that
the city's new mandatory jail ordinance is not helping to deter retail theft, Aurora's interim police chief, Art Acevedo, said the rise in calls may actually be a sign that efforts to deter theft are working. "I really believe that, finally, retail is just saying enough is enough," Acevedo said.

The consequence of little to no consequence

To Acevedo,
the rise in retail theft in Aurora and across the country has a lot to do with the minimal consequences of the crime. In too many places, he said, little to no consequence exists for stealing merchandise, which means people are more likely to engage in criminal enterprises since the economic gains outweigh the very little risk of being caught or incarcerated.

'Sophisticated, structured'

When it comes to organized retail theft, Weekly said the sheriff's office most often sees
suspects take stolen products and resell them online, on sites like eBay or Craigslist.

"It's pretty sophisticated. It's pretty structured," he said, adding that, just like with other forms of organized crime, groups have workers who
steal the product, then pass it up the chain of command, which sells if for a higher profit and gives lower-level members a cut.

What needs to change?  denvergazette.com

Dollar General Under OSHA Investigation after Racist Mass Shooting Attack
Investigation to decide if New Town Dollar General violated workplace safety rules

According to the agency's website, it's a fatality and catastrophe inspection opened the same day as the racist mass shooting.

A federal investigation into the mass shooting at the New Town Dollar General in Jacksonville is underway by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. According to the agency's website, it's a fatality and catastrophe inspection opened the same day as the murders.

One of the victims in the shooting - 19-year-old AJ Laguerre Jr. --
worked at the store. Jerrald Gallion was a customer and Angela Carr was waiting in the parking lot for an Uber passenger.

Jacksonville Labor and Employment Attorney James Poindexter said
an inspection is triggered any time a death happens in the workplace, but a "complete probe" is more in-depth.

"There's not a specific regulation to these types of retail establishments," Poindexter said, "but there still is a general duty clause in OSHA that
requires all employers to keep the workplace safe from recognized hazards."

Surveillance video released by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office shows the shooter entering the store.
To his left, a pallet is stacked with bottles of Gatorade, waiting to be unloaded. Additional footage shows officers moving around items that blocked their path, even having to re-adjust their weapons to get past carts full of inventory.

Since 2017, OSHA has fined Dollar General $21 million for violations. Poindexter said the consequences for serious violations can be hefty. "That fine can go up to $126,000 as well as a notice that they have to change conditions in the workplace," Poindexter said.

In a statement, Dollaer General said:

"Since the hate-motivated violence that took place in our Kings Road store on August 26, our focus has remained on supporting and caring for our employees, the families of the victims and the Jacksonville community. We do not believe there is any connection between store conditions and the tragic events of August 26. We are cooperating with OSHA in what we understand to be its standard investigation protocol following such an event."  firstcoastnews.com

   RELATED: Jacksonville Jaguars honor victims of store shooting at home opener

'Threat to Public Safety': Illinois' No Cash Bail Law Takes Effect TODAY
Courts will be ready when Illinois ends cash bail Monday, Chicago-area officials say

"Things aren't going to be too different for us," said Cook County Judge Mary Marubio. "It's just that money will no longer be a condition of release."

Court officials across the Chicago area say they'll be ready when Illinois becomes the first state in the nation to eliminate cash bail on Monday, but that doesn't mean some are any less concerned about a law they once decried as a threat to public safety.

"We're going to try to make it work," said McHenry County State's Attorney Patrick Kenneally, a vocal critic of the state's bail reform. "
I think there is going to be a significant cost to this in terms of harm and misery caused."

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, a staunch supporter, acknowledges
people will be quick to blame the law when someone commits a violent crime after being released under the new system.

"Something will happen, we all know that, because we don't have a crystal ball," Foxx said recently. "We are dealing with humans, and humans have a tendency to do human things, like mess up ... It will not tell the true story of the literally 90% of those who go out and nothing happens."

Supporters note cash bail was no guarantee that someone wouldn't commit another crime. And with the new law, prosecutors will actually have more leeway to detain people before trial if they are found to be a risk to the public.

Most importantly, they say, people awaiting trial will no longer be held in jail - away from their families and jobs - simply because they cannot afford bail.
The key will be how prosecutors and other court officials use the discretion allowed them under the law. chicago.suntimes.com

500+ Mass Shootings So Far This Year
U.S. surpasses 500 mass shootings in 2023
Driving the news: A shooting that wounded four people in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday night marked the country's 500th mass shooting in 2023, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Hours later, that increased to 501 mass shootings after one person died and five others were wounded in El Paso, Texas, early Sunday.

By the numbers: Just five years ago, the country had never experienced 500 mass shootings in one year:

2018: 335 mass shootings
2019: 414 mass shootings
2020: 610 mass shootings
2021: 689 mass shootings
2022: 645 mass shootings

Flashback: The 500 mass shootings threshold was crossed in September in the past two years, according to the archive. In 2020, it occurred in October.

With increasing personal experiences, more Americans view gun violence as a public health concern.
One in six Americans have personally witnessed someone being shot, according to survey data from earlier this year.  axios.com

State funds to fight retail theft start getting doled out
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is one of the agencies putting to use its share of the $267 million in state funds allocated to fight increasingly common smash-and-grab robberies.

Montclair sees more burglaries after Oakland misses out on millions to stop retail theft

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao talks retail theft crackdown funding, police chief search


Not Just Theft: Other Ways Retailers Are Bleeding Profits
Retailers losing $100B/year from return fraud, bots & coupon stacking

Anti-fraud company Riskified polled 300 global companies and found losses from policy abuses, such as return fraud and coupon stacking, are costing retailers $100B annually.

Riskified uses artificial intelligence and automation to fight fraud and boost revenue at
major retailers including Wayfair, Peloton, Revolveand Canada Goose. For the study, it surveyed over 300 global companies with more than $500 million in total annual revenue. The firm found retail policy abuses, such as return fraud and using fake email addresses for promo codes, is rising for some retailers. The practices tend to spike during the holidays or during times of high inflation.

About 90% of the companies polled in Riskified's study said
offering generous refunds, return policies and promotions to drive sales and increase customer loyalty are important to their overall business strategies. However, the misuse of such policies is proving to be a major drain on profits, forcing some to think twice about offering such freebies as retailers look to protect their margins while they face high costs, rising shrink and a slowdown in discretionary spending.

Other types of nefarious policy abuse include
returning empty packages for a refund or using bots to buy out highly valued, limited-edition items, only to resell them for a higher cost on a third-party platform. The technique is common for limited-edition sneaker drops and concert tickets, which happened during sales for Taylor Swift's Eras Tour.

Sixty-five percent of the survey's respondents said they rely on manual reviews for at least a majority of their refund and return claims. The process can be costly, time-consuming and ineffective.

Gal, Riskified's CEO, said the "smartest" companies are
starting to be more selective about who should receive freebies, and are using customer histories to determine who should have to pay for a return and who can send one in for free. cnbc.com

Boosting Workplace Safety With Robotics
The Role Of Robotics In Ensuring Workplace Safety & Productivity In Warehouses
In today's market, warehousing faces three primary challenges. Soaring real estate prices make storage efficiency paramount; no warehouse owner wants to foot the bill for storing mere air. Labor intricacies pose the second challenge.

Attracting and retaining warehousing staff is difficult, and the costs associated with onboarding and training are significant. Additionally,
concerns about labor safety further complicate the industry landscape.

Storing perishables is the third challenge, demanding stringent conditions and specialized solutions.

However, there's a silver lining: robotics. These advanced systems are transforming warehouse operations by
enhancing storage efficiency, streamlining labor processes and ensuring heightened safety for staff. Moreover, they ensure optimal conditions for perishables, reducing wastage.

Increased Safety

Advanced robots
can handle repetitive tasks, eliminating physical fatigue for humans. Robots with advanced navigation algorithms ensure safe and efficient movement within warehouses. AI can assign riskier or strenuous tasks to robots, ensuring humans work within ergonomic limits.

AI-driven surveillance also ensures safety protocols are maintained, alerting supervisors of any breaches. AI predicts machinery malfunctions, reducing injury risks from equipment failures. forbes.com

Racial Discrimination & Sex Harassment Lawsuit
Sweetgreen sued by workers alleging racial discrimination - including regular use of the N-word - and sexual harassment

Ten former & current employees are accusing store managers of racial discrimination.

Ten former and current Sweetgreen employees are suing the salad chain, saying they experienced
racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

The lawsuit, which was originally filed in March by two plaintiffs, was amended Thursday to include
10 plaintiffs. Filed in the New York Supreme Court in the Bronx, it names two general managers - referred to as "head coaches" - as defendants, in addition to the company.

The suit alleges that the
plaintiffs were subjected to racial slurs, and experienced inferior treatment based on race by managers and coworkers at seven different New York City locations. They added that they were frequently referred to as the N-word and "monkeys" by coworkers and managers, who faced no repercussions.

The plaintiffs also
accused the managers of sexually harassing female employees, and making graphic comments about women's bodies - including customers' - and having sex with Black women.

Complaints directed at higher-ups and the Sweetgreen human resources department were
allegedly ignored for years. businessinsider.com

Retail Unions Still Gaining Tractions in Some Cities
'Union membership is growing across all industries, and it's here to stay.'

Organizing Portland: Local Labor Organizers See Surge in Union Solidarity, Diversity

Independent union membership is growing at Portland retail stores, restaurants, and even strip clubs. Longstanding unions are also receiving community support.

For the last several months, union activity in Portland has appeared to surge, matching the national energy toward worker's rights particularly demonstrated by the ongoing, high-profile Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes. And Portland labor organizers say it's not all hype:
Union membership is growing across all industries, and it's here to stay.

The diversity of workers getting organized right now is especially notable. While certain fields- like the automobile and education industries- have long been seen as fixtures in American organized labor, other industries have much less union participation. But Portland retail and restaurant workers are leading a paradigm shift. In addition to Burgerville, which formed its union in 2016 and reached a contract in 2021, workers are getting organized at Portland's d
onut shops, grocery stores, pet shops, strip clubs, and more.

Efforts in Portland come as unionization is growing, nationally. Last year, the
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reported a 53% uptick in petitions for newly established union representation. New federal rules against union busting have also made organizing easier for employees. Earlier this year, the NLRB announced companies that interfere in organizing efforts must automatically recognize that union. portlandmercury.com

David's Bridal's CEO reveals what's next for the company after second bankruptcy
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Increasing Expertise on Corporate Boards of Directors
CISA advisory committee urges action on cyber alerts and corporate boards

The advisory committee delivered a lengthy list of recommendations to CISA Director Jen Easterly on Wednesday.

An advisory committee to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency delivered a long list of recommendations on Wednesday that
encourage the agency to take measures to increase the cybersecurity expertise on corporate boards of directors, develop a national cybersecurity alert mechanism and better protect high-risk communities from surveillance.

These policy measures were just a few of
more than 100 recommendations made to CISA Director Jen Easterly, who called the findings "transformative."

The recommendations of CISA's Cybersecurity Advisory Committee will need to be made into policy by Easterly, but in the past she has mostly embraced the recommendations of the committee, which is made up of former top ranking officials, executives and lawmakers, such as former National Cyber Director Chris Inglis, former Rep. Jim Langevin and Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning, who chairs the panel.

Wednesday's report includes recommendations from six subcommittees that
cover corporate cyber responsibility, cyber hygiene, the creation of a national cybersecurity alert system, reducing systemic risk to critical infrastructure, protecting high-risk communities and the cybersecurity workforce.

The subcommittee on corporate cyber responsibility
recommended that corporate board members be educated and trained on cybersecurity issues, especially with new rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission coming into effect requiring publicly traded companies to report significant breaches of their computer systems and data. The subcommittee also encouraged CISA to explore performance goals to measure what would amount to a "cyber responsible" board. cyberscoop.com

'Excessive or Misguided Trust' is a Cybersecurity Risk
How to Mitigate Cybersecurity Risks From Misguided Trust

Trust is the crucial bridge between security and people, but excessive or misguided trust can pose serious security risks.

AdvertisementKroll's "2023 State of Cyber Defense" report includes some noteworthy findings about today's cybersecurity landscape. First, despite experiencing an average of five significant security incidents last year, only 37% of senior security executives have "complete" faith in their organization's ability to shield against all forms of cyber threats. Second, security teams rely on multiple cybersecurity tools to curtail the frequency of breaches and attacks. However, Kroll's research showed that more security installations translated to a higher number of cybersecurity incidents. Third, and most striking, organizations tend to place more trust in their employees than in their security teams when it comes to detecting, countering, and repelling cyberattacks.

How Organizations Can Mitigate the Risk of Misguided Trust

1. Don't Assume Employees Understand Security; Train Them

To effectively combat cyber threats, it is crucial
not to assume that employees understand security.

2. Build a Security Strategy Around Metrics and Goals

To build an effective cybersecurity strategy,
set clear metrics and goals that align with your organization's security objectives.

3. Avoid Taking Cybersecurity for Granted

To effectively manage the evolving threat landscape, organizations must prioritize cybersecurity and establish clear, transparent, repeatable, and measurable processes, procedures, and policies.

4. Invest in a Holistic Strategy

When investing in security solutions, it's important to have a holistic security strategy that considers the triad of people, process, and technology. Simply relying on security tools is not enough, as threats are constantly evolving and can target vulnerable systems, devices, and code or even exploit gaps in security defenses. darkreading.com

More Fallout From MGM Resorts and Caesars Breach
Okta Agent Involved in MGM Resorts Breach, Attackers Claim

ALPHV/BlackCat ransomware operators have used their leak site to "set the record straight" about the MGM Resorts cyberattack. Meanwhile, more attacks abusing Okta could be likely.

The threat actors believed to be behind
last week's MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment cyberattacks now say they were able breach MGM's systems by somehow cracking into the company's Okta platform, specifically the Okta Agent, which is the lightweight client that connects to an organization's Active Directory.

Okta is a popular identity and access management (IAM) provider for the cloud.

MGM made the hasty decision to shut down each and every one of their Okta Sync servers after learning that we had been lurking in their Okta Agent servers sniffing passwords of people whose passwords couldn't be cracked from their domain controller hash dumps," ALPHV wrote on its leak site, in a statement that Emsisoft researcher Brett Callow tweeted out. "This resulted in their Okta being completely out." darkreading.com

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Online Shopping Plagued by Hidden Junk Fees
Hidden junk fees are the worst part of online shopping. They're about to get even worse.
Every time we log on to shop, buy a new cable plan, or book that long-awaited vacation,
companies have been playing psychological tricks to lure us into paying more than anticipated. And these hidden fees have spread from big-ticket splurges to nearly every type of online transaction, Neale Mahoney, a professor of economics at Stanford University who just spent a year on the White House's National Economic Council, told me. Now, he said, "there are so many opportunities for people to add fees" directly into your shopping cart.

It's a combination of spreading of worse practices and the internet, which has turbocharged all of this," he said.

While the rise of tacked-on fees has continued unabated for years, growing consumer backlash and President Joe Biden's recent initiative to eliminate hidden junk fees have pushed more companies to shift to transparent, all-in pricing. But this seemingly generous act is anything but. Companies are just baking all those fees into the total price - making the hidden fees even more hidden. That $20 booking fee and the $7 handling fee are still there, just shrouded in an extra layer of mystery.

The shift may seem insidious, but experts told me there's hope for a better, free-fee future:
If every company adopts up-front pricing, consumers can begin to understand the true cost of things - and make more informed decisions that force companies to compete on price.

"There is good evidence that w
hen you require firms to price in an all-in, up-front manner, that it makes markets more competitive. It's easier for consumers to comparison shop," Mahoney said. "That means that market forces are stronger, and that pushes down the total price that consumers are paying."

As sellers got used to the internet, they started to employ "obfuscation," as Ellison called it -
methods of pricing jiujitsu that hid the true cost to eke out more profits. Instead of your airline ticket including baggage, food and beverages, and a "reasonable procedure to board the plane," Ellison said, all those have become unbundled. The price customers now use to compare across airlines is simply a base price - but the variable cost of add-ons, such as priority boarding and checked luggage, make it nearly impossible to tell which airline will actually end up costing you more. businessinsider.com

E-Commerce Shipping 'Void'
Amazon 'going big' to fill delivery void left by Shopify's retreat
Amazon is targeting
a logistics void left by Shopify's abrupt retreat from shipping services earlier this year, which created an opportunity for the online retailer to make money delivering products ordered on sites other than Amazon.

e-commerce giant is promoting Buy With Prime, which was introduced last year and offers online merchants fast delivery of customer orders placed on other websites. The company, at its Accelerate sellers conference Thursday, revealed metrics highlighting the sales boost merchants see when shoppers take advantage of their Amazon Prime membership to receive fast shipping and other benefits.

Three-of-four Buy With Prime purchases are from customers who are new to that particular online brand, Peter Larsen, an Amazon vice president, said in an interview.
The service helps attract those shoppers because they are familiar with the Amazon experience and trust their orders will be delivered quickly, he said. In January, Amazon disclosed that merchants using Buy With Prime increased sales conversions by 25%.

Not only are you acquiring new customers, you're converting them at a higher rate," Larsen said. seattletimes.com

Amazon sets date for fall Prime sales event
Consumers looking for early holiday savings have a major opportunity from Amazon in mid-October.

Amazon's second annual Prime Big Deal Days sales extravaganza
will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023 at 3 a.m. EDT and run through Wednesday, Oct, 11. The e-tailer debuted its fall version of the annual Prime Day 48-hour sales extravaganza (mostly held in July) in October 2022. chainstoreage.com

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Seal Beach, CA: Update: Suspect arrested for $74k jewelry theft from Kohl's in Seal Beach
Police have arrested one of the suspects who they believe is connected to a theft that happened at a Kohl's department sotre in Seal Beach back on August 31. According to Seal Beach Police Department, 30-year-old Riverside man Brandon Libardo Bustos-Bermudez, was arrested on Friday after being detained at a separate robbery at a Kohl's in Chino. Officers were dispatched to the store, located in the 4000 block of Grand Avenue, at around 4:30 p.m. when a store loss prevention officer said that they saw several suspects inside the store. Four were detained for suspicious activity. The Kohl's store officer later told investigators that they recognized one of the suspects from the "Be On the Look Out" advisory distributed to stores throughout Southern California, regarding the August 31 burglary in Seal Beach. After his arrest, investigators say that Bustos-Bermudez was taken to Orange County Jail where he was booked on charges of burglary, grand theft and conspiracy to commit a crime.  cbsnews.com

Petaluma, CA: Search for Petaluma outlet thieves yields firearm, drugs
Petaluma police officers responding to reports of a merchandise theft at the Petaluma Village Premium Outlets recovered an unregistered firearm, ammunition and drugs when they found after stopping two suspects in the case, authorities said. Officers got a report from a footwear store, later identified as Famous Footwear, at 3:05 p.m. Thursday regarding several people who took off with alleged stolen property and fled from the outlet center on Petaluma Boulevard North in a red Buick sedan. Officers searching for the vehicle later saw a car that matched the description pulling into the Petaluma Gateway Center. Police said one officer spotted drug paraphernalia in the car in plain view, prompting a search that yielded merchandise from the footwear store, illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia, as well as a firearm in a shoulder bag on the floor below the back seat, where one of the suspects was seated. That suspect was identified as Jaewon Hwang, 43, of San Rafael. During a search of a second suspect, Taylor Jones, 31, also of San Rafael, police said they found more than 23 grams of suspected methamphetamine. The pair was booked into the Sonoma County jail for suspected petty theft, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of suspected methamphetamine and possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle. Three other people in the car were not arrested, police said. 

Memphis, TN: 2 suspects steal over $1,000 worth of merchandise from Marshalls, threaten security with gun
Memphis Police Department is searching for 2 suspects who shoplifted over $1000 worth of merchandise. On Monday, September 11, 2023, at 6:56 p.m., officers responded to a call regarding shoplifting at the Marshalls store on Covington Pike. Officers were told that the store security video showed the suspects arriving in a Mercedes. The female suspect and male suspect entered the business, loaded two shopping carts with store merchandise with an estimated value of over $1,200 dollars. 

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Shootings & Deaths

Palmdale, CA: 30-year-old LA County Sheriff's Deputy shot, killed in Palmdale ambush
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was fatally shot Saturday night while in his patrol vehicle in what authorities described as an ambush in Palmdale. The shooter remained on the loose Sunday. Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, a 30-year-old field training officer, was shot Saturday just outside the Palmdale Sheriff's Station at the corner of Sierra Highway and Avenue Q. Sheriff Robert Luna said a good Samaritan found the deputy unconscious inside the vehicle around 6 p.m. Clinkunbroomer was quickly rushed to the Antelope Valley Medical Center in Lancaster where he later died. Overnight, a procession from the hospital briefly shut down local freeways as deputies escorted his remains to the L.A. County coroner.  abc7.com

Albuquerque, NM: Shoplifter tied to 2022 Murder sentenced to decades in prison
The serial shoplifter involved in a deadly shooting received a lengthy sentence. Brianna Garcia pleaded guilty to a litany of crimes. Her crimes included an incident in February of last year when she fired six shots as she was trying to escape after shoplifting from the Walmart Neighborhood Market near San Mateo and I-40. No one was hurt in that incident. Garcia also set up a drug deal the month before on Louisiana near Lomas, where Anjel Varela was killed. On Friday in court, the brother of the victim shared how Varelas' kids are dealing with their dad's death. A judge sentenced her to 30 years but gave her credit for time already served.  krqe.com

Dallas, TX: GardaWorld Cash offering $50K reward for information on suspects responsible for employee's death
GardaWorld Cash is offering a $50,000 reward for information on the suspects responsible for an employee's death earlier this month, Dallas police said. Just before 9:30 a.m. Sept. 1, officers responded to a shooting call in the 100 block of S. Carroll Avenue. During their preliminary investigation, police determined a uniformed armored car guard was shot during a robbery. The guard-identified as 52-year-old David Ruback-was taken to a local hospital where he died. Police later released surveillance video of the suspects and their car, asking the public for help identifying them.  cbsnews.com

San Antonio, TX: Officer-involved shooting at popular San Antonio restaurant worries South Side community
A knife-wielding robbery suspect was shot dead after a confrontation with a San Antonio Police officer on the South Side. The shooting has the nearby community worried about the increase in officer-involved shootings. The latest incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Nicha's Comida Mexicana Restaurant. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the 46-year-old suspect tried to rob the restaurant with a knife, but was chased out by a number of employees. According to employees, the man was found in a storage container outside the restaurant stealing items that belonged to employees. Employees said they immediately called police and the suspect tried fleeing before officers arrived. Chief McManus said the suspect was uncooperative as police were trying to detain him and that's when things took a turn. The suspect was shot in the upper body at least once according to McManus.  news4sanantonio.com

Putnam County, FL: One person hurt in shooting at Putnam County convenience store
The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at a convenience store in Crescent City that left one person hurt Saturday night.

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Billings, MT: Woman wields knife to rob Billings store for food Saturday
A woman allegedly robbed a store for food and waved a knife at an employee Saturday in Billings. At around 2:00PM on Saturday, September 16, the Billings Police Department responded to a robbery in the 600 block of N 27th. According to the post by the BPD's Facebook, the report they received claimed the suspect had stolen "some food items," and "waved a knife at an employee when they tried to intervene." The 23-year-old suspect was located a few blocks away from the initial scene and arrested. The suspect has been identified by BPD as Deveny Door. She has been taken to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.  kulr8.com

Wheaton, MD: Armed thieves rob shopper at gunpoint outside Wheaton Mall
Detectives in Montgomery County are looking for two people who robbed a shopper at gunpoint outside Westfield Wheaton Mall on Wednesday. Surveillance video, released Friday, shows the suspects attacking the teenage victim as he exits the mall near the DSW store. Cameras caught the young men walking up to the victim, and punching him several times before one of the suspects flashes a handgun. The gunman grabs the Downtown Locker Room shopping bag, and the two thieves walk off.  fox5dc.com

Lincoln, NE: Nebraska TE Arik Gilbert arrested for second time in 3 weeks
University of Nebraska tight end Arik Gilbert was arrested for the second time in three weeks on Friday, authorities said.. Gilbert, 21, who starred as a high school player in Marietta, Georga, was arrested on Friday in his home state, according to Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office online arrest records. Gilbert is facing charges of obstruction of officers and smash-and-grab burglary, online records show. Authorities in Lumpkin County did not release details about the circumstances surrounding Gilbert's arrest.  wokv.com

Albuquerque, NM: Kohl's at Coronado Mall close their doors for good: 2nd Big Box to close its doors due to Crime, Walmart closed a store in the area earlier this year

Redmond, WA: Thieves drive stolen vehicle into Redmond pot shop; At least 30 armed pot shop robberies in 2023

Lincoln, NE: Stolen car crashed into north Lincoln vape shop in suspected burglary; $29,000 in damage

Hall County, GA: $225,000 of liquid weed, Viagra found in Hall County tobacco shop, owner arrested


Gaithersburg, MD: Several suspicious fires in Gaithersburg under investigation
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue say a person of interest is in custody in connection to several suspicious fires that broke out in Gaithersburg Sunday morning, including vehicle fires and a structure fire. Fire officials say on Sunday, Sept. 17, they began investigating about half a dozen fires in the same area of Gaithersburg - two of which caused significant damage. At least 65 firefighters were on scene and officials said the flames were knocked down quickly. No injuries were reported but there was significant damage to one of the cars and La Frontera restaurant.  fox5dc.com



C-Store - Broward County, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store- Sparks, NV - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Sumter, SC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Normandy Park, WA - Robbery
Collectables - East Bradford, PA - Burglary
Dollar - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Robbery
Dollar - Roma, GA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Newark, NJ - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Newark, NJ - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Rockingham, NC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Seattle, WA - Robbery
Grocery - Billings, MT - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Oakland, CA - Burglary
Jewelry - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
Marshalls - Memphis, TN - Armed Robbery
Marijuana - Redmond, WA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Levittown, NY - Robbery
Pharmacy - Springfield, MO - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Oakland, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Oakland, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - San Antonio, TX- Armed Robbery / Sus killed
T-Mobile - Albuquerque, NM - Armed Robbery
Vape - Lincoln, NE - Burglary              


Daily Totals:
• 17 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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