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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Industry Outrage Amid Crime Closures, Store Looting
Business community speaks out after Target blames crime for store closures

Business leaders are expressing alarm after Target became the latest retailer to blame crime for pulling the plug on stores.

The US Chamber is deeply concerned with increasing reports of stores closing in communities across the country due to large-scale theft and looting," Tom Wickham, senior vice president of state and local policy at the US Chamber of Commerce, told CNN in a statement on Wednesday. "No store should have to close because of theft."

Target sent shock waves through the industry on Tuesday by saying it will close nine stores across four states due to large-scale theft.

Apple, Lululemon and other stores were looted on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, prompting dozens of arrests.

"We are hearing from members large and small about the problems they continue to face from crime and, in
some areas, a lack of prosecution of criminals," Wickham said.

The Chamber of Commerce said it is
pushing for new legislation to close loopholes that let people sell stolen products and it is "calling on prosecutors to do their jobs and hold criminals accountable."

The Partnership for New York City, a powerful business alliance that includes major employers, is giving NYC officials some credit for fighting crime.

New York City has done a better job than most places in curbing retail theft, but it is still rampant," Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, told CNN on Wednesday. cnn.com

Out of the entire media world there's always one
The Washington Post

Retailers Bear Some Blame In Theft Epidemic
Retailers would have you believe that they are powerless to stop the shoplifting epidemic, contributing to $112.1 billion in losses last year alone from what the industry broadly labels "shrink" - a catchall term that also includes returns and damaged goods.
The solution, they claim, is harsher penalties for shoplifters. While that may help, retailers can't ignore their own responsibilities.

Although images of mass lootings like that in Philadelphia this week have grabbed the headlines, the reality is that the vast majority of shoplifting is done on a far smaller scale. Retailers have called on states to lower the threshold for what is considered felony retail theft, eliminate cash bail in those instances and create specialized task forces to investigate such crimes. A bill with similar aims was introduced in Congress. washingtonpost.com

'The Internet is the Ultimate Fencing Operation'
Former Target vice-chairman says the internet is 'like a flea market on steroids'
Gerald Storch told Fox Business on Wednesday that
the internet had driven retail theft "through the roof."

"First of all, it helps all the gangs organize. So they get together through social media and say, 'show up here now and let's do it together,'" he said.

the marketplace on the internet is the ultimate fencing operation," Storch continued. "It's like a flea market on steroids for getting rid of the product. So anything you steal, you can monetize it really fast on the internet."

"Sometimes it's many, many layers of distribution before it even gets anywhere near a marketplace, and by the last layer could be a legitimate business person who's buying this from some guy with a warehouse," he said.

"It just makes you want to cry because we have worked so hard to get stores into markets like this," Storch told Fox Business about Target's announcement. Storch had worked at the company for more than 12 years, including serving as vice-chairman from 2001 to 2005.

Target said in May that it expected to take a $500 million hit in profits this year due to
missing inventory, largely because of theft and organized retail crime. businessinsider.com

New Mexico law enforcement and retailers discuss tackling retail crime
NEW MEXICO (KRQE) - It's a major problem costing businesses millions and inconveniencing shoppers. Lawmen and women, state leaders, and retailers met on Thursday to come up with ways to tackle organized retail crime.

Twenty-three different law enforcement agencies, and 30 different retailers including small businesses and big box stores, came together to learn more on how to hold shoplifters accountable. "We need judges to do their job when you all arrest those people," said Rep. Marian Matthews (D- ABQ).  krqe.com

   RELATED: Police and stores work together to combat organized retail crime

H&M feels the heat of retail theft

The retailer said it's increasing security across its stores as shoplifting rises.

In a recent interview with Reuters,
CEO Helena Helmersson said the fast fashion brand is amping up security across its stores as shoplifting becomes an industry-wide problem.

The company is working on new solutions to combat the problem, which was previously noted by
H&M CFO Adam Karlsson in a press briefing, Reuters reported. "It is an increasing problem in many markets," Karlsson said.

Across the board: H&M is certainly not alone in grappling with shoplifting. Earlier this month, Zara owner Inditex said it's still working on perfecting a new anti-shoplifting system after staff "raised concerns to management that the technology may actually make theft easier," Bloomberg reported.

The retailer's goal is to
discard the hard plastic security tags on garments that employees said were easy to remove, and replace them with tiny RFID chips. retailbrew.com

Shooting Store Robbers?
In Anaheim, Trump advocates shooting people who rob stores
In an occasionally dark and profane speech, Donald Trump on Friday sought to win over Republicans in California by complaining that rich people in Beverly Hills smell bad because they're denied water, reiterating lies about widespread election fraud and
calling on police to shoot people robbing stores.

While many of his remarks at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim were familiar retreads of Trump's attacks and grievances, his encouragement of
violent retribution against criminals marked an escalation of his longstanding tough-on-crime message.

"We will immediately stop all of the pillaging and theft. Very simply:
If you rob a store, you can fully expect to be shot as you are leaving that store," he said, drawing loud applause. "Shot!" he added for emphasis.

In the past, Trump has proposed shooting migrants to prevent them from crossing the border. In his book and in interviews, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper alleged Trump inquired about shooting protesters during the George Floyd demonstrations.
He has also proposed the death penalty for drug dealers, human traffickers and anyone convicted of killing a police officer.

Homicides and other violent crimes have risen in California, where residents have also been deluged with headlines from rampant car break-ins and drug use in San Francisco's troubled Tenderloin district to street racing and illegal takeovers across a new $588-million bridge in Los Angeles. cbsnews.com

5,300 Robberies in Philadelphia Over Past Year
Another store announces its closing as a result

Business owner closing stores after Boost Mobile robbed 3 days in a row in Philadelphia

The business owner said he lost more than $25,000 this month alone and about $75,000 over the past six months.

The Boost Mobile on Ogontz Avenue in Philadelphia's West Oak Lane neighborhood is open, but the doors remain locked until customers approach the store. The owner said it's the latest security measure since the location was targeted three days in a row.

Tiwari is not only worried about the slow police response time but also the future of his business and other businesses. He said in September, seven of his stores were robbed with the latest happening this week during the looting.

The 6abc Neighborhood Safety Tracker shows
there have been more than 5,300 robberies in the past 12 months, which is up 4% compared to the annual average over the last three years. Tiwari said he had no other choice but to close two of his stores. 6abc.com

PD Commissioner: Coordinated Break-Ins Via Social Media By Youths
Philly PD: 'Criminal Opportunists' Continue String of Break-Ins, Vandalism
PHILADELPHIA - Another round of vandalism hit Philadelphia, as more than
half a dozen businesses in the Northeast - including three Fine Wine & Good Spirits locations and a beauty supply store - were broken into early Thursday morning.

Police made 18 more arrests in connection with this round of overnight burglaries, which also included an Auto Zone, Walgreens, two Family Dollars, and the sneaker store Fedi Way, among others.

The incidents followed a string of break-ins across Center City, West, and Northeast Philadelphia that police say were carried out by "criminal opportunists" looking to capitalize off the dismissal of charges against Mark Dial, the former Philadelphia police officer who shot and killed Eddie Irizarry last month.

Fifty-two people were arrested on burglary and theft charges in connection with the string of coordinated break-ins that kicked off Tuesday evening with the Apple Store and Lululemon locations in Center City before spreading to stores along Aramingo Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia and 52nd Street in West Philadelphia. officer.com

Second Recall Effort Aimed at Bay Area Progressive DAs
Group seeking to recall Alameda County, CA., Progressive DA Pamela Price can now collect signatures

Recall organizers say there's signs of Price not being tough enough on crime.

The effort calling itself
Save Alameda for Everyone (SAFE): Recall DA Pamela Price now has 160 days to collect 73,195 valid signatures from registered voters in the county.

second recall effort aimed at a Bay Area district attorney in just the last few years, after voters in San Francisco booted their own progressive DA, Chesa Boudin, from office in a nationally-watched campaign in June 2022. mercurynews.com

Antioch, CA, Police Force Down 53% & CHP & Sheriff Offer No Assistance
PD Chief says "We are literally half, minus 10 in investigations, we are zero in traffic, zero in any type of street team and four people working the street at any given time," Barbanica said. "I don't know how much lower we can go on this. If this is not a time to get mutual aid, and if this is not a time to bring in CHP or the sheriff to help out, what is that number?" mercurynews.com

As retailers close stores due to shoplifting, are the concerns real or overblown?

Parker County, TX: DA, local retailers unveil initiative to tackle theft

Vacancies, Funding Force Wash. Thurston County Sheriff to Declare Staffing Emergency



New York Bill Would Limit Employers' Ability to Use Electronic Monitoring and Automated Decision Tools
The New York legislature recently introduced
Senate Bill 07623, which would dramatically restrict employers' ability to use both electronic monitoring and automated employment decision-making technology in the state.

The bill would apply to all New York employers, regardless of size, including an employer's labor contractors. While the bill is currently being reviewed by the Rules Committee and still must work its way through the legislative process, it is expected to pass in some form. The bill would create significant new obligations and restrictions for New York employers.

Electronic Monitoring Tools

The bill defines an electronic monitoring tool as "
any system that facilitates the collection of data concerning worker activities or communications by any means other than direct observation, including the use of a computer, telephone, wire, radio, camera, electromagnetic, photoelectric, or photo-optical system."

Automated Employment Decision Tools

S07623 would impose restrictions on New York employers' ability to use automatic employment decision pools. Like the New York City rules, S07623 would prohibit the use of automatic tools to "substantially assist or replace discretionary decision-making," unless subject to a bias audit performed no more than one year prior to the tool's use. Even with a proper bias audit in place, New York employers would be unable to rely solely on output from an automated tool in hiring, promotion, termination, disciplinary or compensation decisions. shrm.org

Heads Up! Emergency Alert Coming to Cell Phones This Wednesday
Your phone will blare a national emergency alert test on October 4 at 2:20PM ET
The federal government will conduct
a nationwide alert test on Wednesday, October 4. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will send notifications to cell phones (as well as radios and TVs) to test the National Wireless Emergency Alert System and ensure the system (including the public's familiarity with it) is ready for a real crisis.

The cellphone portion of the test will assess
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) nationwide. If you live near a decent-sized metro area, there's a solid chance you've received AMBER alerts through this system before; it can also broadcast signals for imminent threats, public safety and presidential notices in a national emergency. The test's WEA portion will use FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), a centralized internet-based system that can broadcast emergency notifications through various communications networks.

If your cell phone is set to English,
you'll receive a message at around 2:20PM ET reading, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." Those with phones set to Spanish as their primary language will see, "ESTA ES UNA PRUEBA del Sistema Nacional de Alerta de Emergencia. No se necesita acción."  yahoo.com

Self-Checkout's C-Store Expansion
Circle K Ramps Up Self-Checkout Service in North America

More than 2,000 stores in North America now feature the option.

In June 2022, Couche-Tard partnered with Mashgin to install Mashgin
Touchless Checkout Systems, branded as "Smart Checkout," at more than 7,000 of its Circle K and Couche-Tard stores over a three-year period. Today, Mashgin kiosks have now been deployed at 2,200 Circle K locations in the United States and Canada.

Since the rollout began, Couche-Tard has reported that
40 percent of transactions run through smart checkout, with many stores processing more than 50 percent of eligible transactions through Mashgin. Circle K shoppers can use the kiosks to check out packaged goods, grab-and-go food items, drinks, fuel purchases, and use the Sip and Save loyalty program, according to Mashgin. csnews.com

Toys R Us Comeback?
Toys R Us to open up to 24 US flagship stores

Parent company WHP Global announced a partnership with Go Retail Group for the rollout, which also includes experiences in airports and cruise ships.

Toys R Us' parent company, WHP Global, on Friday announced a partnership with Go Retail Group to open up to
24 flagship Toys R Us stores in the U.S. starting next year.

Go Retail Group will enable Toys R Us to
expand its store base by providing "valuable brick-and-mortar logistics and operational excellence" for the iconic toy brand, Go Retail Group CEO Gideon Schlessinger said in a statement.  retaildive.com

NYC Weekend of Flooding
Rain Eases, but Officials Warn That Flood Risks Remain

Heavy rain caused serious flooding across the region on Friday, leading Gov. Kathy Hochul to declare a state of emergency as rising waters disrupted travel and stranded people in cars and homes.

Heavy rainfall pounded New York City and the surrounding region on Friday, bringing
flash floods, shutting down entire subway lines, turning major roadways into lakes and sending children to the upper floors of flooding schoolhouses. Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency, urging New Yorkers to stay home and singling out those who live in basements to brace for the worst. nytimes.com

OSHA Requires Employers to Keep More Records

Wawa will open 120 stores in Indiana and Ohio

Nordstrom to add 11 Nordstrom Rack stores this fall

Costco to open 10 stores in the next three months

FDA Fines Retailers Over Illegal Sale of Youth-Appealing Vapor Products

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Director of Asset Protection & Physical Security job posted for The Fresh Market in Greensboro, NC
The Director of Asset Protection & Physical Security reports to the Group Vice President of Operations and is responsible for overseeing asset protection and physical security for the company. This role will partner closely with field and corporate leadership, directing, establishing, implementing, and monitoring programs that will minimize loss and ensure the safety of our team members and guests. indeed.com

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500 Rite Aid Closures Coming?
Struggling Rite Aid proposes closing up to 500 stores under bankruptcy plan
Rite Aid is negotiating with creditors over the terms of
a bankruptcy plan that would include liquidating a substantial portion of its more than 2,100 drugstores, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the talks.

The company has
proposed to close roughly 400 to 500 stores in bankruptcy, and either sell or let creditors take over its remaining operations, according to the report.

Given the conversations remain ongoing, no decisions have been made at this time, Rite Aid said.

The Philadelphia-based
company faces more than $3.3 billion in debt and over a thousand federal lawsuits alleging it oversupplied opioids, the Journal reported. The company operates more than 2,330 stores in 17 states, although it is much smaller than rivals such as Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Health. nypost.com

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'Retail Crime Uncovered' Podcast Presented by Sekura

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Creating partnerships to raise cybersecurity awareness at home and abroad.

Since 2004, the President of the United States and Congress have declared the month of October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month,
a dedicated month for the public and private sectors to work together to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.

This is the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month and it has grown into a collaborative effort between government and industry to enhance cybersecurity awareness, encourage actions by the public to reduce online risk and generated discussion on cyber threats on a national and global scale.

Secure Our World: 2023 and Beyond 

In recognition of the 20th year, CISA announced a new enduring cybersecurity awareness program, Secure Our World. Secure Our World reflects a new enduring message to be integrated across the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) awareness campaigns and programs, and encourages all of us to take action each day to protect ourselves when online or using connected devices.

The program promotes behavioral change across the Nation, with a particular focus on how individuals, families and small to medium-sized businesses can Secure Our World by focusing on the four critical actions below. Secure Our World is the theme for this year's Cybersecurity Awareness Month and will remain the enduring theme for future awareness month campaigns.

Learn more here

Focus on These 4 Key Behaviors During Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month starts today and runs through the month of October, raising awareness about simple practices that individuals and businesses can engage in to increase their cybersecurity and reduce the chance of being compromised, more commonly known as being hacked.

"In a digital age where our lives and businesses are increasingly intertwined with technology, Cybersecurity Awareness Month serves as a powerful reminder that safeguarding our online presence is not just a responsibility; it's a necessity to succeed," says
Luke Vander Linden, RH-ISAC vice president of membership. "In today's interconnected world, implementing robust cybersecurity strategies is imperative for safeguarding your business assets, reputation and the trust of your customers."

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Retail & Hospitality ISAC (RH-ISAC) is focusing on four key behaviors, including
using strong passwords and a password manager, turning on multifactor authentication, recognizing and reporting phishing and updating software.

When choosing a password,
pick one that is long, unique and complex and take advantage of password managers to help you keep your logins organized and easy to access. Multifactor authentication is also crucial to keep your online accounts safe.

Email users should also learn how to detect and report a phishing scheme and become familiar with their email provider's tools to combat phishing. If you install the latest updates for devices, software and apps, not only are you getting the best security available, but you also ensure that you get access to the latest features and upgrades.

To read more about each of these topics, visit rhisac.org/nhpa.

New Artificial Intelligence Security Center
US National Security Agency unveils artificial intelligence security center

NSA Director Paul Nakasone says US maintains advantage in AI development but capabilities can not be 'taken for granted', emphasising threat from China.

AdvertisementThe United States National Security Agency (NSA) has announced the creation of an artificial intelligence security centre that will oversee the development and integration of AI capabilities within US defence and intelligence services.

Director of the NSA and US Cyber Command, General Paul Nakasone, said on Thursday that US officials were aware of the
increasing importance of AI in the national security landscape and the opening of the new centre was part of steps to "shape the future" of AI technology in the security, defence and intelligence sectors.

We maintain an advantage in AI in the United States today. That AI advantage should not be taken for granted," Nakasone said at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, where he spoke about the opening of the centre and the growing threat that China posed.

The AI centre will be incorporated into the NSA's current Cybersecurity Collaboration Center, Nakasone said, where it
will become the focal point for "promoting the secure adoption of new AI capabilities across the national security enterprise and the defence industry base".  aljazeera.com

Hackers Posing as Recruiters on LinkedIn
North Korean hackers posed as Meta recruiter on LinkedIn

Targets of the operation were given phony coding challenges that delivered a range of malware including a previously-unseen backdoor.

ANorth Korean cyberespionage operation targeted employees of an aerospace company in Spain using a previously unreported backdoor and a creative
phishing campaign featuring a phony Silicon Valley recruiter, demonstrating a "significant advancement in malicious capabilities," researchers with the cybersecurity firm ESET said Friday.

Hackers linked with North Korea's Lazarus Group - an umbrella term for a collection of North Korean cyber units -
posed as a recruiter for Meta and contacted employees of the unnamed company via LinkedIn and sent two coding challenges supposedly part of the hiring process but which were in fact laced with malware, Peter Kálnai, an ESET researcher, wrote in a report published Friday.

The operation, carried out some time last year, is just the latest example of North Korean-linked cyber operations
using phony job opportunities to target various professionals, including journalists, security researchers and software developers, among others. cyberscoop.com

Important Update Issued to 3DS Core Security Standard Technical FAQs
In response to stakeholder feedback, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has issued an important revision to the PCI 3DS Core Security Standard v1.0 through an update to the standard's Technical Frequently Asked Questions (Technical FAQs).

Effective immediately, Technical FAQ Q3 has been revised to no longer exclusively require the evaluation of non-console HSM access solutions by an independent laboratory to verify compliance with ISO 13491, provided an alternative set of criteria is met. The update includes a set of alternative requirements that, if met in their entirety, can be used to satisfy the currently published requirements P2-6.2.1 through P2-6.2.5. blog.pcisecuritystandards.org

Why California's Delete Act matters for the whole country
The California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 362, known as the Delete Act, to simplify the process for consumers to ask to remove their personal data gathered by data brokers.

Cybersecurity Gaps Plague US State Department, GAO Report Warns







The Ripple Effect of Online Counterfeits
Here's What Can Happen When You Buy a Counterfeit Product Online -- and How to Avoid Doing It

Criminal organizations use money earned from counterfeit sales to commit more serious crimes.

By the end of 2023, the
global e-commerce market is expected to total $6.3 trillion. And, according to Shopify, by 2024, 21.2% of total retail sales will happen online. While the ability to shop without changing out of pajamas is convenient, online shopping gives counterfeiters access to countless customers every day.

But what about you? What happens when you're stuck holding the (fake) bag, golf clubs, art work, or other counterfeit purchases?
Here's some of what happens when counterfeit goods are purchased.

Criminal organizations have money to expand their operations. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) reports that international organized criminals regularly use counterfeit operations to fund illegal activities like gang violence, child labor, and human trafficking.

You, or someone you love, could be seriously injured. Also, according to the NCPC, counterfeit items (such as faulty electronics) cause over 350,000 serious injuries and 70 deaths each year. While purchasing a cheap car seat may leave extra money in your bank account, it's never worth the risk to a child. Wirecutter reported being able to purchase a toddler airplane safety harness with a label claiming it was "FAA approved." With cheap plastic buckles, weak stitching, and no lock to keep the straps in place, it was clearly an unsafe product.

You could become sick -- very sick. A whopping 67.2% of counterfeit products seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in 2022 were pharmaceuticals. There's no way to know where they were manufactured or to access a list of ingredients. There's no doubt that U.S. healthcare is expensive, but cutting corners by purchasing fake medications can be dangerous.

While fake handbags, jewelry, and tennis shoes may seem like no big deal,
counterfeit products cost the global economy over $500 billion annually, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It also undercuts businesses that manufacture and sell legitimate merchandise. fool.com

'Amazon Has Become a One-Click Nightmare'
The Best Thing About Amazon Was Never Going to Last

If shopping on the site feels different now, that's because it is.

Lately, though, shopping on Amazon
has become an exercise in frustration. My product search started with sponsored listings from unfamiliar brands with just a small disclosure noting that they're advertisements. The organic results eventually do show up. Scroll only a little deeper into the sea of indigo fibers, and the sponsored items resume.

What happened to Amazon? T
he company no longer excels at the thing it's supposed to be best at: shopping. Its unparalleled convenience and cost helped turn it into an e-commerce juggernaut, one that now faces an antitrust lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission over alleged anticompetitive practices. Now around every corner lies a brand you've never heard of, selling a product you're not sure about. Good deals on name brands are harder to come by. Amazon's dominance has also transformed it into a different kind of company. Along the way, the famously customer-obsessed company has lost track of what its customers actually want. theatlantic.com

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Visalia, CA: PD recovers $15K+ worth of materials stolen from home improvement stores, arrests duo for grand theft & conspiracy to commit grand theft
Two men have been arrested for multiple instances of grand theft against Lowe's and Home Depot stores, along with their plans to commit even more. On Thursday, Sept. 21, the Visalia Police Department (VPD) Property Crimes Unit was contacted by Lowe's Loss Prevention on South Mooney Boulevard regarding a theft in progress. When detectives arrived on scene, they contacted Oscar Huerta, 45. Huerta had left the store with over $2,500 in stolen property. During the investigation, detectives found that Huerta had planned the theft with Jesus Gonzalez, 38. Detectives attempted to stop Gonzalez in the Lowe's parking lot, but he fled in a vehicle. The two suspects had also committed two additional thefts at the Lowe's located on North Demaree Street in Visalia and in the city of Hanford. Over $10,000 of stolen property was recovered. Huerta was booked on grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft. During a follow-up investigation, detectives found that Gonzalez had been involved in several retail thefts of Lowe's and Home Depot stores throughout Central and Northern California.  thesungazette.com

El Paso, TX: Police seek public's help in identifying couple behind $19,000 shoe store burglary
The El Paso Police Department is asking the public to help identify two people responsible for a burglary at a shoe store on the west side of El Paso. Police say the couple stole over $19,000 worth of merchandise. The burglary happened Wednesday, September 6, at the New Laces store, which is located at 5860 North Mesa. Crime Stoppers added that around 2 a.m. the couple forcibly entered the business through the back entrance. Security footage captured the suspects in the act, stealing numerous boxes of shoes. In total, the couple made off with 47 pairs of high-value athletic shoes valued at $19,245.00 according to police.  kfoxtv.com

Convicted Felon Gets 84 Months for Stealing & Selling Guns From Walmart
DOJ: SW Georgian Sentenced in Americus Walmart Stolen Gun Case
ALBANY, Ga. - An Americus, Georgia resident and convicted felon, prohibited from having a firearm because of past criminal convictions was sentenced to serve more than seven years in prison for illegally possessing a gun when he was arrested for stealing rifles from the local Walmart; he sold the guns in the community for cash and drugs.

Brandon Michael Hatfield, 31, was sentenced to serve 85 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Hatfield is not eligible for parole.

Hatfield attempted to steal a Rossi, 22LR caliber rifle from the Walmart in Americus, Georgia, on Nov. 18, 2022, but was
stopped by Walmart employees before he could exit the store with the weapon. An investigation by Walmart's security team revealed that Hatfield stole a total of five rifles on five different occasions from the store between Nov. 1 and Nov. 16. Hatfield admitted that he stole the firearms and traded them for money and drugs.

Hatfield has been convicted of several felonies, including dealing methamphetamine, escape and residential entry in Decatur County, Indiana, Superior Court. It is illegal for a convicted felon to possess a firearm. justice.gov

San Francisco, CA: Woman Charged in String of Walgreens Retail Thefts
A San Francisco woman has been charged in connection with a series of retail thefts from three Walgreens locations that totaled approximately $34,000 in stolen merchandise, prosecutors announced Friday. Savannah Church, 24, also known as Ashley West, pleaded not guilty Thursday to eight counts of organized retail theft, eight counts of second-degree commercial burglary and eight counts of grand theft, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office said. Prosecutors say Church participated in eight incidents between June 10 and Sept. 4, in which she and others stole goods from Walgreens stores on Mission Street, Potrero Avenue and San Bruno Avenue. 

Green Bay, WI: Area drug stores hit by organized shoplifting ring
Green Bay Police are investigating a large-scale retail theft incident. Three women reportedly stole thousands of dollars of makeup from C-V-S and Walgreen's stores in Green Bay, Allouez, and Ashwaubenon on September 21st and 22nd. 

Riverside County, CA: Moreno Valley Woman Arrested in Alleged Grand Theft
A 60-year-old woman from Moreno Valley was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department announced Saturday. Deputies responded to a business in the 1600 block of Perris Boulevard just after noon on Friday to a report of grand theft. Upon arrival, deputies learned that someone entered the store and stole about $3,320 worth of merchandise before fleeing in a blue vehicle. The suspect was later identified as Lisa Warren of Moreno Valley. She was located and arrested on suspicion of grand theft, authorities said. 

Irvine, CA: The Irvine Police arrested an organized retail crime group that ripped off Nike stores
Yesterday, Irvine Detectives located and arrested an organized retail crime group that had just committed a grab-and-run theft at Nike in Carlsbad with a loss of $3000. Four suspects were involved, including three related to Nike grab-and-run thefts in Irvine and San Clemente, with over $11,000 in losses. The fourth person was arrested for a warrant. Organized retail theft will not be tolerated in Irvine. Arrested for theft and organized retail crime charges: Kristen Jamie Himbarger, 19, of Los Angeles China Celeste Morris, 24, of Highland Female juvenile, 14 years Arrested on a grand theft warrant :Anaiya Syrai Cole, 19, of San Pedro. 

Pleasant Hill, CA: Police Arrest 13 In Crackdown On Retail Theft


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Shootings & Deaths

San Francisco, CA: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt After San Francisco Police Pursuit of 'Bippin' Crew' Ends in Solo Crash
One person died and another was injured when they tried to flee from police and their car crashed beside a highway off-ramp Saturday afternoon. Police said in a statement that officers with the department's Tenderloin station spotted a vehicle just after 4 p.m.
that was connected to an armed robbery and several auto burglaries. Social-media posts by the San Francisco Police Officers Association said the driver and passenger were a "2-person car burglary team" suspected of several car break-ins at the Palace of Fine Arts earlier in the day on Saturday, and one had brandished a firearm. When officers tried to stop the vehicle, it fled at speeds of up to 70 mph onto Interstate 280. Officers pursued the pair, which lost control of the vehicle while trying to exit the freeway and hit a wall near an off-ramp at San Bruno Avenue and Mansell Street, police said. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries. Their identities were not available early Sunday.  sfstandard.com

El Paso, TX: 1 dead after Aggravated Restaurant Robbery
Crimes Against Persons is investigating an aggravated robbery that left one dead at the Wing Daddy's located at 11100 Sean Haggerty. The call came in at 12:19 a.m. Monday morning and when police arrived, they found a person that matched the description of the robber dead outside of the restaurant. The investigation is still ongoing and no further information has been released.  ktsm.com

Los Angeles, CA: Felon Sentenced to 18 Years to Life in Prison for Robbery-Murder
A 34-year-old man who joined another offender in an all-night robbery spree that culminated in the slaying of a Riverside convenience store clerk was sentenced Friday to 18 years and eight months to life in prison without the possibility of parole. John Lamont Bush of Los Angeles was convicted March 15 of one felony count each of first-degree murder and being a convicted felon and narcotic addict in possession of a firearm and three felony counts each of robbery and assault with a gun, according to court records. Sentence enhancing firearm allegations were also found true. The murder charge stems from the killing of 28-year-old Waqar Tanveer of Fontana in 2020 during a robbery mynewsla.com

San Pedro: Police exchange fire with woman inside U-Haul truck in Target parking lot
A woman inside of a U-Haul truck traded fire with Los Angeles Police Department officers late Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Target store in San Pedro. Aerial view of the large portion of the Target store in San Pedro's parking lot taped off after police exchanged fire with a woman late Sunday. Circumstances leading up to the shooting remain unclear, but police report that the incident happened at around 9:15 p.m., in the department store's parking lot, near Gaffey Street and Capitol Drive. Shortly after shots were fired, the woman fled from the parking lot inside of the truck, leading police on a brief pursuit before she crashed several blocks away on Gaffey St. and Paseo del Mar, according to police. The woman was arrested following the chase, but an ambulance was called to the scene after she reportedly suffered some sort of injuries. It was unclear if the injuries came during the shooting or crash. Aerial view of the spot where the suspect crashed following the minutes-long pursuit in San Pedro. Police have not disclosed whether the U-Haul was stolen or what prompted the incident to begin. No officers were injured during the incident. cbsnews.com

Montgomery, AL: DOJ: Man Convicted of Illegally Possessing Ammunition Used During Shooting at Gas Station
On September 28, 2023, a federal jury convicted Maricas Rondell Taylor, 40, from Montgomery, Alabama, on one count of unlawfully possessing ammunition after being convicted of a felony offense, announced United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart. According to court records and evidence presented during his trial, on September 30, 2022, Taylor and a cousin entered a gas station on West Fairview Avenue in Montgomery. Taylor's cousin had been previously barred from entering the store. When the clerk informed the cousin that she was not allowed inside, Taylor became upset and got into a verbal altercation with the clerk. Taylor then left the premises. About 45 minutes later, Taylor returned to the store and again confronted the clerk. Surveillance video from inside the store showed Taylor pulling a gun from his pocket and firing multiple times at the clerk. The clerk was able to seek cover behind the counter and avoid being struck by the bullets fired by Taylor.  justice.gov

Waco, TX: Shot Fired: Police looking for suspects in aggravated robbery at convenience store

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DOJ: Texas man charged in $400,000 shipping scam against FedEx
Memphis, TN - A federal grand jury in Memphis has returned a nine-count indictment against a Texas man for operating a mail scheme aimed at defrauding FedEx, a Memphis-based commercial carrier, out of more than $400,000.

According to the indictment, Robert W. Clark, 58, of Travis County, Texas charged with nine counts of mail fraud. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and a maximum of three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

From December 2019 until September 2022, Clark used mail forwarding services and FedEx drop boxes to ship 67 packages, later claimed that the packages had been lost, and filed claims with FedEx seeking reimbursement for their contents. Using the physical address of the mail forwarding service and a fictional name for the sender, Clark created the appearance of sending packages from Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington state. The indictment indicates the packages were instead deposited in FedEx drop boxes located in Texas and shipped through the company's hub in Memphis.

Clark submitted bogus invoices to FedEx placing the value of each package at $8,000 or more. FedEx paid claims on 44 out of the 67 packages Clark generated in the scheme. justice.gov

Renton, WA: Police arrest 'prolific' smash-and-grab burglary suspect
A smash-and-grab burglary suspect described by Renton police as "prolific" was arrested this week. Feleti Wight, 27, was arrested for allegedly using a stolen vehicle to break into local businesses. However, this is not Wight's first brush with the law. Since October of 2022, detectives have filed over two dozen charges against the same suspect. The charges include 19 burglary cases and four attempted burglary cases. Wight had been arrested several times before, however, in each case he was released on his own recognizance. In the most recent burglaries, officials claim that he used a stolen Jeep to smash into the glass windows or doors of six businesses before stealing valuables. "This is simply excellent police work by our detectives and patrol officers," said Deputy Chief Jeff Hardin. "Not only has this suspect been a menace to Renton businesses, but he also twice fled from officers just at the sight of their patrol car, creating a public safety hazard." Renton detectives have filed three counts of second-degree burglary and one count of possession of a stolen vehicle. Wight is currently being held on $100,000 bail.  currently.att.yahoo.com

Atlanta, GA: DOJ: Man indicted for blowing up ATM
Abdurrahim Jalal has been indicted for blowing up a bank automated teller machine and for possession of illegal explosive devices. "The unlawful use and possession of explosives creates a grave danger to our citizens and first responders who must risk their lives to respond to these violent crimes," said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. "This indictment is the culmination of investigative work conducted by a team of federal and local law enforcement agencies who recovered bombing materials from Jalal's home and may have prevented additional explosions."  justice.gov

Mountain Home, AR: Woman wins jackpot in Arkansas Lottery - authorities say she did it illegally
A Mountain Home woman hit the jackpot in the Arkansas State Lottery but, law enforcement officials claim, she did it illegally. Thirty-one-year-old Mary Olivieri worked in an area convenience store and is accused of activating books of lottery "scratch off" tickets without paying for them. Olivieri's attorney, Paul Bayless, appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court Monday and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges against his client. She is alleged to have taken winning tickets from the unpaid for books to various local retailers and cashed them. The majority of the tickets, almost $54,000 worth, were cashed out at the Mountain Home Walmart. An investigator with the State Lottery Commission provided information allowing local authorities to calculate the extent of the alleged theft. Olivieri told investigators she paid for the tickets and "could not understand where the money was going." Loss prevention personnel at Walmart obtained video from surveillance cameras showing Olivieri's husband cashing tickets from an activated but unpaid for ticket book ktlo.com

Pasadena, CA: Councilmember, Police Convene Retail Theft Prevention Forum With Business Owners

Chicago, IL: Businesses targeted in string of South Side burglaries; 7 in Englewood area in past 2 weeks

Cleveland, OH: Target Shoplifting suspect crashes into another car while driving away



C-Store - Waco, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Fort Worth, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Topeka, KS - Burglary
C-Store - Rockford, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Senica County, NY - Burglary
Collectables - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Gas Station - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Oakland, CA - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Taylor, AZ - Burglary
Hardware - Visalia, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Waterbury, CT - Robbery
Jewelry - Hickory, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Gastonia, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Ft Smith, AR - Robbery
Jewelry - Statesville, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Tempe, AZ - Robbery
Nike - Carlsbad, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - El Paso, TX - Armed Robbery / Susp Killed
Shoes - El Paso, TX - Burglary
Sports - Victor, NY - Robbery
Target - Clevland, OH - Robbery
Walmart - Leesburg, VA - Robbery                    


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

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