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Faster, More Accurate Emergency Dispatch Expected in
Wake County, NC with Launch of ASAP to PSAP

Wake County, North Carolina, including the City of Raleigh, joins a growing number of municipalities across the nation to implement Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) at its Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). ASAP technology automates communication from alarm monitoring central stations to PSAPs and 911 centers, resulting in faster, more accurate emergency response.

"Monitored alarm users in Wake County, including more than 1,300 Vector Security customers served out of our local Raleigh branch, will experience faster, more accurate emergency dispatch as a benefit of ASAP," said Drew Jones, South District VP for Vector Security. vectorsecurity.com

Protests & Looting
National Guard Deployed in Minnesota and Wisconsin Amid Social Unrest

Minneapolis: Dozens of protesters arrested during faceoff with law enforcement after ex-cop Derek Chauvin posts $1 million bond
Nearly three dozen people were arrested when protesters and law enforcement faced off late Wednesday in south Minneapolis after an earlier march to protest the release from state prison of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd on May 25.

The fired police officer left Oak Park Heights prison Wednesday after posting $1 million bail. In anticipation of unrest, Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard and mobilized 100 State Patrol troopers and 75 Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officers to help local law enforcement in case of trouble.

Chauvin was initially booked into the Ramsey County jail after he was charged in Floyd's death and then moved to the state prison for security reasons. He is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

It's unclear how Chauvin afforded the noncash bail, which was backed by a New Jersey-based bail insurer. Financial information tied to bond and bail postings isn't public. startribune.com

Wauwatosa, WI: Protests erupt after DA's decision not to charge police officer who fatally shot teen outside suburban Milwaukee mall
A Black Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot a Black teenager outside a suburban Milwaukee mall in February won't be charged because he had reasonable belief that deadly force was necessary, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah shot 17-year-old Alvin Cole outside Mayfair Mall on Feb. 2 after police responded to a reported disturbance at the shopping center. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, in a 14-page letter laying out his rationale, said evidence showed Cole fled from police carrying a stolen 9 mm handgun. He cited squad car audio evidence, along with testimony from Mensah and two fellow officers, that he said showed Cole had fired a shot while fleeing and refused commands to drop the gun.

Cole was the third person Mensah has fatally shot since becoming an officer, and his death has sparked periodic protests in Wauwatosa and the Milwaukee area.

Gov. Tony Evers announced earlier Wednesday that he had activated National Guard members as a precaution, though he didn't say how many or how they were being used. Guard spokesman Maj. Joe Trovato later said "hundreds" of troops were at the ready.

The city of Wauwatosa issued a nightly 7 p.m. curfew after Chisholm's decision was announced, to run until next Monday. Many people ignored the curfew, marching peacefully in the city. Late Wednesday evening and well past the curfew, a group of a few hundred protesters confronted a police line. Police said some in the group were throwing rocks at law enforcement and buildings and that they used tear gas to disperse the protesters.

WISN-TV reported windows broken at several businesses on the city's north side, including a pharmacy, coffee shop, wall coverings store, cleaners and fitness center. fox6now.com

  Businesses damaged, looted hours after peaceful protests in Wauwatosa

  BLM mobs smash windows in residential homes during Wisconsin protests

Chicago: Walgreens spends $35 million to reopen looted Chicago stores
Walgreens said Wednesday it is spending $35 million to reopen Chicago stores hit by looting and vandalism in recent months. The pharmacy chain said 70 of its 118 city locations sustained damage in recent weeks amid unrest connected to national anger over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. All but six of the stores have reopened and the rest will be completed "as quickly as possible," a Walgreens spokeswoman said. She later added that another store at 4000 W. 59th St. must be completely rebuilt. It was gutted by a suspected arson fire following a looting incident. suntimes.com

Chicago: Parolee accused of looting 7 Gold Coast, North Side stores in two hours. 'Wow,' judge says. 'He put in a lot of work that night.'

Portland, OR: Multnomah County DA declines to prosecute 70% of Portland protest cases

Missouri governor says he'll pardon St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters after indictment

Kansas City, MO: Footage of a police officer kneeling on the back of a pregnant woman sparks ongoing protest

Brooklyn, NYC: Protests Over COVID-19 Restrictions Heat Up for 2nd Night After Alleged Attacks

COVID Update

US: Over 7.7M Cases - 217K Dead - 5M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 36.6M Cases - 1M Dead - 27.5M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 190   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 118
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Grocery LP Execs Share Insights on Managing Store Operations During a Crisis
The teams that manage grocery store operations during hurricanes and snowstorms - more localized events that take place over several days - have recently had to figure out how to activate emergency plans and operate during a crisis that impacts the entire fleet - and that so far has gone on for several months.

"We never thought we'd go as deep as we have into the plan," James Cosseboom said during a recent panel discussion at NRF PROTECT ALL ACCESS. Cosseboom, director of asset protection for Retail Business Services, an Ahold Delhaize USA Company, said a constant he's seeing in daily reports amid the pandemic is a controversy around face coverings.

"Customers not wanting to wear a mask or other customers having different views on masks [is] boiling over into our stores," Cosseboom said. "We've taken the approach with our stores that we are recommending that we are trying to keep our personnel out of conflicts."

Southeastern Grocers Vice President of Store Support Jennifer Short said masks were one of the earliest issues her company dealt with but noted "the flow of personal protective equipment has gotten much more stable."

Customers are also required to wear masks at Southeastern Grocers stores, even in places it's not required by law or mandate. If customers willfully refuse, it's about "dealing with it in a respectful way."

"We don't want our associates having to navigate these difficult and often emotional issues with customers," Short said. "We have set up some very good talking points to handle these issues with our customers." nrf.com

New Store Safety Measures in the Age of COVID
Survey: Retailers create COVID-19 store protocols for holidays

According to a new survey of about 300 retail executives from UKG, "Evolving Retail Trends for the 2020 Holiday Season," 91% of respondents are confident, and 54% are "extremely" confident, that stores will be open and fully operational on Black Friday (Nov. 27).

However, 83% of respondents say closing a store during the busy holiday season due to COVID-19 is not unthinkable, and 53% say they would voluntarily shut down store operations and tell employees to stay home if their region were experiencing rising cases of COVID-19. If stores are forced to close for an extended period during the holiday season, 59% have a contingency plan to keep store associates employed.

Two-thirds of respondents (67%) reported that store employees tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020, and 76% say they "realistically" expect some associates will test positive during the holiday season. Almost all respondents (95%) believe they have an obligation to notify employees who may have been in contact with a co-worker who tests positive for COVID-19.

However, while 90% of respondents think it's important that their stores implement a COVID-19 contact tracing program before the holiday season begins, only about half say it's very (28%) or extremely (26%) likely this will be rolled out to all stores in time.

To protect people in stores, 55% of respondents will conduct employee health screenings before each shift, and 28% will cover the cost of testing for employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of health coverage.

Respondents are placing new responsibilities on store managers to help mitigate possible effects of COVID-19, including overseeing and enforcing heightened safety mandates (72%) establishing cleaning protocols for their location (66%), intervening with disruptive customers on behalf of employees (66%) and being far more visible on the floor this holiday season (47%).

In-store safety is trending, as 83% of respondents will require employees (83%) and customers (82%) to wear masks and will increase cleaning frequency (80%), as many others will enforce social distancing (73%); provide PPE (personal protective equipment) for staff (67%); use transparent shields/barriers (60%); and manually monitor and limit store occupancy (50%). chainstoreage.com

Mitigating the risks of business travel during the pandemic

What security & risk management issues do you need to consider before business travel resumes?

Travel has been limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19; however, as restrictions relax and organizations start to return to operations, we're beginning to see an increase in business travel. Prior to sending employees on travel for business, there are several factors to consider to protect employees and the business, while ensuring business continuity. During this process, organizations need to take a moment to evaluate challenges and potential changes while employees are traveling, as well as the threats that these potential challenges and changes can impose on business and business travelers. Companies also need to have a clear plan that identifies what useful actions can be taken in the short term to protect the workforce.

International SOS has developed a strategic framework for return to travel, which includes six pillars that address safe business travel during the pandemic: securitymagazine.com


Who's Paying & Not Paying Rent
COVID-curbed theaters, restaurants held rent collections under 90% in Sept.

Paid rents at retail centers ticked up from 81% in August to 83% in September, still far below the 93% collected last year at this time. The reason? Restaurants and theaters whose businesses remain severely hampered by social distancing regulations.

Though cinemas were able to open in most states last month, seating requirements forcing them to seat less than half full houses cost them profits. As a result, only 10% paid their September rents, a huge decline from last month's 43%, according to the Datex Tenant Track of more than 1,000 shopping centers.

After movie theaters, the most delinquent rent-paying categories in retail were fitness centers (65%), salons (71%), specialty restaurants (72%), and apparel (77%), according to the monthly report from Datex Property Solutions, a supply chain software and management solutions provider that derives the rental data from its client base. chainstoreage.com

Six U.S. states report record COVID hospitalizations, new restrictions in place

NYC launches map tracking COVID-19 outbreaks

CoreSight RetailTech Report:
Loss Prevention Technology - Staying Ahead of the Bad Guys

Loss of merchandise has multiple consequences for a retailer, including a reduction in profits from the missing items as well as the inability to fulfill ship-from-store orders. In this report, we consider the sources of retail loss and the technologies - both hardware and software - that can be used to help retailers identify and prevent loss. The report covers the following key topics:

● The increase of theft, fraud and loss in US retail in recent years
● Types and locations of retail loss
● Technologies that retailers can use to combat loss - covering electronic article surveillance, high-tech materials, video analytics and prescriptive analytics
● New challenges and technologies in self-checkout and unstaffed stores
● Leading loss-prevention technology providers and their products - including Avery Dennison, Impinj, Sensormatic and Zebra Technologies
● Future sector outlook - and the prioritization of risks and threats by retailers and their plans for implementing loss-prevention technologies
● Implications for retailers, real estate firms and technology vendors

Note: This Coresight Research report is for premium subscribers only. coresight.com

Two Major Security Firms Battle Over Acquisition
UK security firm G4S rejects hostile bidder GardaWorld's 'misleading' claims over its cash pile and pension scheme as takeover battle heats up

The battle between
G4S and its hostile bidder GardaWorld heated up again this week as the scandal-hit British security giant rejected its suitor's claims as 'misleading'.

GardaWorld - the Canadian rival that last month made a formal £3billion hostile takeover bid - had questioned if G4S had enough cash to pay for litigation that was 'potentially crippling'. It had also claimed that, on top of being subject to five legal cases, G4S had serious pension funding issues.

But G4S today said its rival's 'focus on legacy issues, which are now substantially resolved, and its misleading statements' were designed to support 'its opportunistic and clearly inadequate offer'. thisismoney.co.uk

Hurricane Delta forecast to hit US Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm
with storm surge that could kill

Hurricane Delta is expected to strengthen as it churns toward the northern Gulf Coast before
hitting Louisiana on Friday at Category 2 strength in almost the exact spot Hurricane Laura hit just six weeks ago. Delta, now a powerful Category 2 storm that just slammed Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, is forecast to bring "life-threatening" storm surge and dangerous winds to US Gulf Coast communities before it drenches areas much further inland in the following days, the National Hurricane Center said. cnn.com

CBRE forecasts a 1.5% rise in holiday sales this year
The average 4.1% rise in holiday sales that was posted since 2010 will cool down precipitously to just 1.5% this year, according to CBRE's just-released report, "A Holiday Shopping Season Like No Other." The final tally predicted by the global real estate services company is $741.2 billion.

The slower pace will be due to less shopping activity at brick-and-mortar locations. Meanwhile, e-commerce retail operations will claim 40% of all purchases in 2020 - a huge leap ahead of the 14% they claimed in 2019. That means online holiday sales of $168 billion last year will turn into $296 billion-worth this year.

Other things CBRE predicts to come into play this holiday season:
● Apparel sales will not see much of a rebound.
● The holiday shopping timeline will be extended.
● "In-and-out" shopping will be the norm in most centers.

Korn Ferry: Many retailers having trouble finding seasonal employees
Nearly half (47%) of retailers said they are having a tough time attracting employees for the upcoming holiday season, according to a Korn Ferry survey of more than 50 major retailers. The study also revealed that 29% of retailers are offering incentives to new hires, such as bonuses, premium pay and increased employee discounts. chainstoreage.com

Ruby Tuesday files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection: 185 restaurants closed

More Disney World layoffs revealed: 8,857 part-time union employees are losing their jobs

Rite Aid buys Seattle-based Bartell Drugs for $95 million

Dollar General to Open Stores Aimed at Wealthier Shoppers

New Zealand: LP Manager at The Warehouse department store justifiably dismissed for pushing, swearing at shoplifter

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RFID Journal Announces Winners of Its 14th Annual RFID Journal Awards

At last week's RFID Journal Virtually LIVE! 2020 conference and exhibition, RFID Journal announced the winners of its 14th annual RFID Journal Awards. The awards, sponsored by the RFID Professional Institute, recognize companies that have distinguished themselves by their successful use of radio frequency identification (RFID) or Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, or by their introduction of a valuable new RFID or IoT product or service.

Each year, RFID Journal selects an independent panel of judges to evaluate entries and choose the winners. The goal is to recognize the leaders in the RFID and IoT field, and to foster the adoption of such technologies by highlighting the best deployments and product offerings. The finalists for this year's awards were announced in March (see Finalists Unveiled for 14th Annual RFID Journal Awards), and the winners were selected in six different end-user categories:

Best Retail RFID Implementation
Grupo Boticário, which deployed an RFID solution to boost traceability and address other challenges in its supply chain (see Grupo Boticário Plans RFID Deployment).

See the rest of the winners here: rfidjournal.com

Survey says Software as a Service model opens up risks
The 2020 State of SaaSOps report released by BetterCloud found that a rise in Software as a Service (SaaS) adoption is prompting concerns over operational complexity and risk.

Since 2015, the number of IT-sanctioned SaaS apps has increased tenfold, and it's expected that by 2025, 85% of business apps will be SaaS-based. With SaaS on the rise, nearly half (49%) of respondents are confident in their ability to identify and monitor unsanctioned SaaS usage on company networks - yet 76% see unsanctioned apps as a security risk.

And when asked what SaaS applications are likely to hold the most sensitive data across an organization, respondents believe it's all apps including cloud storage, email, devices, chat apps, password managers, etc. securitymagazine.com

New Research Finds Bugs in Every Anti-Malware Product Tested
A majority of security tools that organizations use to defend against malware attacks are themselves vulnerable to exploits that allow attackers to escalate privileges on a compromised system, a study found.

CyberArk tested products from multiple major security vendors, including Kaspersky, Symantec, Trend Micro, McAfee, and Check Point Software Technologies, and says it found vulnerabilities in every single one.

The bugs CyberArk reported to the vendors, which have since patched them, include three in Kaspersky's malware detection and removal products; two in McAfee's portfolio; one each in products from Symantec, Fortinet, and CheckPoint; and five in products from Trend Micro. CyberArk also uncovered vulnerabilities in products from Microsoft, Avast, and Avira, among others. darkreading.com

Are employees or execs holding back data-driven cultures?
According to a survey from Exasol, nearly two-thirds of data teams (65 percent) have experienced employee resistance to the adoption of data-driven methods at their organizations, despite an overwhelming 73 percent believing that most employees are open to a data-driven approach.
Of those respondents who have experienced some resistance, 42 percent of decision-makers attribute a lack of understanding of the organization's data strategy, followed by a widespread (40 percent) lack of education about the positive impact data brings.

The survey of over 2,000 data strategy decision-makers from the U.K., Germany, the U.S. and China was taken just before the emergence of the coronavirus. Past studies have found companies struggling to embrace data-driven and data-first approaches. The shortfalls have since been amplified as COVID-19 has forced companies to unlock the value of data faster.

Randy Bean, CEO of NewVantage Partners, a consulting firm, however, believes a lack of executive commitment is often the major impediment to a data culture. He wrote in a column for MIT Sloan Management Review, "Most pay lip service to the criticality of data in their annual reports and company mission statements, but far fewer companies embody it in their DNA or in their day-to-day business practices." retailwire.com

CISA releases FY2019 Risk Vulnerability Assessment Infographic

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Baby Boomer Cannabis Transactions Drop 14%
How marijuana stores attract & keep senior shoppers - even during COVID-19
Cannabis retailers are taking extra steps to attract and retain senior customers at a time when marijuana use is increasing among older Americans.

Senior-friendly dispensaries interviewed by Marijuana Business Daily said they have found success by: Building enduring relationships with seniors' communities; Training employees to take their time with older shoppers when needed; Offering special perks such as seniors' hours and discounts; And fine-tuning their approaches in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From January to August, the
raw transaction volume for baby boomers 56-74 years old at adult-use cannabis stores declined by 14%, according to Seattle-based Headset's point-of-sales data from California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state.

Reaching out to seniors where they live - Training staff to take the time to listen - COVID-19 considerations for seniors mjbizdaily.com

'Essential' Designation Advanced Cannabis Industry
Cannabis is Booming, But There's Reason for Caution
2020's record-breaking cannabis sales tell an incredibly optimistic story about the industry's resilience during an economic downturn. Many cannabis business operators are putting all their faith into that story as they plan their next steps. Here's why I wouldn't get too comfortable with that perspective yet.

Looking at the Bright Side: Essential Designation
Pays Off

As pandemic-related lockdowns spread across multiple sectors, cannabis was deemed essential in nearly every legal state. This designation quickly advanced the industry by several years, with states rapidly adopting safety-driven emergency regulations for legal dispensaries, including online ordering, cashless transactions, dispensary curbside pickup and delivery in some areas. More convenient shopping alternatives and debit card payment options, in turn, encouraged consumer spending and drove larger basket sizes.

Top-Line Revenue Versus Bottom-Line Realities - Lessons from the Housing Crash - Is a Return to the Past Possible? - Federal Legalization Comes with Opportunities and Risks - Determining Whether to Build for the Future or Cash Out - Looking Beyond 2020 cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Federal Courts are Going Backward on Cannabis
In 2020, state courts still seem to be a good bet for cannabis businesses in cannabis-legal states. Although I have not run a formal survey, I also have not come across local courts tossing disputes solely because the contract related to cannabis activities (and our cannabis business litigators have worked on many of these cases). But
federal courts are sliding backward. A trio of cases in Washington, Oregon and Nevada show why.

So what are the takeaways here?

1. Federal courts in 2020 look less inviting than before for cannabis business disputes. That is even (especially?) true in certain cannabis friendly jurisdictions. It seems true in less friendly jurisdictions, too.

2. The Mann analysis is still viable; courts will continue to grapple with it; and courts may be willing to carve out cannabis contract remedies. But that is true only for certain causes of action, and only if the remedy does not contemplate federally unlawful conduct.

3. Skillful contract drafting is terribly important. "Severability" clauses, for example, are generally considered boilerplate, but in the cannabis contract context they can be paramount.

4. As always, federal law has to change. Cannabis is legal for adult use in 11 states and for medical use in 33 states, yet no one has any contract certainty. None of this makes any sense. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

Why Voting Yes to Cannabis Will Help States' Pandemic-Stricken Economies

Chicopee business owner stalled by vaping crisis, COVID-19 as he works to open marijuana store




Behind the curtains at Amazon
Third-party sellers say rivals are tampering with Amazon listings
What happened to Michael's listing falls along a spectrum of shady practices offered by a cottage industry of so-called black hat sellers who offer to tamper with listings for a hefty fee, according to McCabe, who helped Michael resolve issues with the listing. Amazon told NBC News that "
bad actors that attempt to abuse our systems make up a tiny fraction of activity on our site."

"If a seller has a concern, we encourage them to reach out to us so we can investigate and take appropriate action, as we've done in this case," it added.

Amazon's long battle to clear its shopping site of bad actors came to a head last month with the federal indictment in Washington state of
six people charged with conspiracy for allegedly sabotaging competing product listings and bribing internal company employees to remove negative reviews, leak information about the company's product review algorithm and reinstate suspended accounts to gain an upper hand on the sprawling marketplace.

The group of individuals - Ed Rosenberg, Joseph Nilsen, Kristen Leccese, Hadis Nuhanovic, Rohit Kadimisetty and Nishad Kunju - allegedly
paid more than $100,000 in commercial bribes to Amazon employees and contractors that resulted in more than $100 million in sales for some sellers, according to the indictment. Kadimisetty and Kunju are the only Amazon employees or contractors named in the indictment. Kadimisetty ended his employment with Amazon in December 2015 and Kunju was terminated by the company in August 2018. nbcnews.com

Despite Pandemic, Amazon Prime Day Expected to Generate
Nearly $10B in Global Sales
A new forecast released today estimates Amazon's delayed Prime Day sales event will top last year's by bringing in an estimated
nearly $10 billion in worldwide sales when it runs later this month. According to eMarketer, which released its first-ever Prime Day forecast, consumers will continue to spend heavily on e-commerce and seek out deals ahead of the 2020 holiday season, benefitting the major sales event.

The firm says of the total $9.91 billion in Prime Day 2020 global sales, $6.17 billion will be generated by U.S. consumers.

This is ahead of what Prime Day achieved in years past.
In 2019, the sales event delivered $6.93 billion in sales, eMarketer says, with $4.32 billion from the U.S. Total Prime Day sales in 2016, 2017 and 2018 were at $1.5 billion, $2.47 billion and $4.13 billion, respectively. techcrunch.com

Shipt adding 100,000 new hires to make holiday deliveries




Amador County, CA: Tractor Supply Store Manager Under Investigation For Theft and Ties To Mexican Drug Cartel
It is a brazen combination of alleged criminal activity, including embezzlement, burglary and a connection to a Mexican cartel. Amador County Sheriff's deputies say
it's all tied to an investigation of a Tractor Supply Company store assistant manager in Jackson. Deputies served a search warrant at the store manager's home in Pine Grove last week. That home is now the target of a wide-ranging criminal investigation.

The sheriff department says the owner, who so far has not been arrested, is under investigation for
leasing property to a Mexican drug cartel and also using his property as a storage site for stolen merchandise from his employer. "As far as merchandise," Amador County Undersheriff Gary Redman said, "this is the biggest case I've ever seen in Amador County."

The sheriff's office released photos of the wide range of allegedly stolen items discovered on the property. Generators, gas cans and kayaks were among the wide range of merchandise. All of it is under investigation as stolen items from the Jackson Tractor Supply Company where the homeowner worked as an assistant manager. "From our initial estimate, it looks like he sold about $18,000 of Tractor Supply items on eBay," Redman said. sacramento.cbslocal.com

St Marys, GA: Ridgway man charged with seven felony counts of retail theft
Ridgway man is facing seven felony charges after he allegedly stole nearly $900 worth of items from the Walmart Supercenter in St. Marys. Benjamin Michael Goodrow, 38, is charged with seven counts of retail theft by taking merchandise, all felonies in the third degree. State police in Ridgway were dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter Sept. 12 for reports of a man identified as Woodrow possibly stealing items. Police spoke with the asset protection assistant manager, who reportedly said Goodrow entered the store Aug. 5, Aug. 8, Aug. 12, Aug. 14, Aug. 15 Aug. 24 and Sept. 4, and left without paying for the items he had. Goodrow allegedly stole $891.40 worth of items.

Canada: Regina, Saskatchewan: Nothing to smile about: Whitestrips theft not that uncommon
Theft of dental white strips twice now seen in Regina isn't as uncommon as it might seem. It's the sort of crime that might seem odd or quirky, but more than one business out there won't be smiling about the fact tooth whitening products are a target for some thieves. As noted by the Regina Police Service (RPS) in a recent news release about a late September theft of such products, "There's a market for everything.
According to police, what's termed a "distraction theft" occurred on Sept. 26 at about 4:20 p.m. at a business on Park Street. One man reportedly stood at the end of an aisle to keep watch while a male and female accomplice cleared the shelves of thousands of dollars worth of Whitestrips. 

Rosemont, IL: Couple charged with $1,600 Felony Retail Theft at Fashion Outlets of Chicago

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Shootings & Deaths

Monroeville, PA: Man, 20, dead after shooting at Monroeville Mall near Pittsburgh
Authorities say a man was shot and killed in the
parking lot of a western Pennsylvania shopping mall. Allegheny County police say officers dispatched to the Monroeville Mall shortly before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday found a 20-year-old man shot in the chest. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name wasn't immediately released. Mall spokesperson Stacey Keating of CBL Properties called the shooting a "targeted incident" that didn't prompt an evacuation of the property. Police said homicide detectives are investigating, and the evidence indicated the shooting followed an argument and the victim wasn't "randomly targeted." wtae.com

Dallas, TX: Man Shot, Killed At Grocery Store In Dallas
Police in Dallas are investigating a shooting that left a 29-year-old man dead at a grocery store Tuesday morning. Police said they responded to the shooting at around 10 a.m. at the Fair Park Grocery on Lagow Street. Arriving officers found the victim, Charles Edward Miller, with multiple gunshots wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. His death is being investigated as a murder.

Philadelphia, PA: Officials Express Alarm Over 2020 Gun Violence
Police department statistics showed 363 homicides as of Monday night - an increase of 40% over last year and already topping the year-long total of 356 in 2019, itself already the highest homicide total in more than a decade. nbcphiladelphia.com

Philadelphia, PA: 19 year old man shot 6 times dies outside Restaurant

La Crosse, WI: Man shot in the back outside Chuck E. Cheese


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Livonia, MI: Man says Menards Security Guard broke his leg for not wearing mask despite medical reason
A man claims a security guard at Menards in Livonia broke his leg during a takedown for not wearing a mask even though he had a medical reason for not doing so. The Local 4 Defenders obtained Livonia police body camera footage of Steven Blake, of Westland, being placed into a wheelchair and taken to a nearby hospital. Blake said a security guard at the Livonia Menards location broke his leg Aug. 8 during a takedown. Blake said the security guard told him he had to wear a mask and pointed at a sign. Blake claims he tried to explain that he wasn't wearing a mask due to a health issue but couldn't get a word in before the guard got in his face.
Blake is the one who got charged with misdemeanor assault. Attorney Greg Rohl, who is representing Blake, said the security guard was the aggressor.

Inland Empire, CA: Man Accused of Stealing Less Than $5,500 in Pharmacy Robberies Where No One Was Hurt Faces 160 Years
A 50-year-old man accused of perpetrating a half-dozen robberies throughout the Inland Empire, holding up pharmacies while wearing a medical mask, was indicted Wednesday on six counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery. David Anthony Battle of Moreno Valley was arrested in August for the robberies that he allegedly committed between July 6 and Aug. 10, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The case was presented to a federal grand jury, culminating in the indictment on the eight felony counts. Battle is being held without bond at the federal detention center in San Bernardino and is slated to appear for a post-indictment arraignment on Oct. 13 at U.S. District Court in Riverside.
Prosecutors allege the defendant targeted pharmacies in Colton, Moreno Valley and San Bernardino. nbclosangeles.com

Monroe, LA: Louisiana Man Sentenced for Stealing Firearms; $14,000 in restitution
The United States Department of Justice has announced Ashton A'qumartez Thomas of West Monroe, was sentenced October 7, 2020. According to the DOJ, Thomas was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for possession of stolen firearms. He has also been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $14,306.89. Thomas entered a plea of guilty on June 15, 2020. Thomas was involved in a burglary at TP Outdoors in West Monroe, on August 27, 2018. The burglary committed on that date happened in the same fashion as a burglary at the same store on August 29, 2017.

Great Falls, MT: Armed Man walks into Health Food Store demanding $1,000 Refund
Court documents state that on Tuesday afternoon, Shane Wing went to A Healthy Horizon and demanded a $1,000 refund, and reportedly told employees that he had a pistol and was going to kill people. Employees told officers that Wing had come into the store, and when he was greeted, he "seemed very serious" and began demanding the refund, and wanted to have an attorney as well. Wing was carrying a black bag, and set it on the ground; at that point, the employees quickly went out the back door. An officer then saw Wing leaving the business and detained him.

Ashland, KY: Grand Jury indicts man who is accused of 10 thefts from Walmart totaling $1,400

Seattle, WA: Man sentenced to 5 years for using stolen backhoe and truck to steal 40 firearms from gun shops

Baton Rouge, LA: Man arrested for arson in connection with August fire at Sullivan Hardware

Holly Springs, NC: Subway employee charged with stealing $8,000




C-Store - Paterson, NJ - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Caddo Parish, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Vienna, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Mobile, AL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Jones County, MS - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Shelton, CT - Robbery
Guns - Hephzibah,, Ga - Burglary
Health Food - Great Falls, MT - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Charlotte, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Albany, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Sumner, WA - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Bourbonnais, IL - Robbery
Restaurant - Santa Fe, NM - Armed Robbery
T-Mobile - Bourbonnais, IL - Robbery
Tobacco - Kenosha, WI - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - James City County, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - James City County, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 18 robberies
• 1 burglary
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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Micah Sheffield named Regional Asset Protection Manager
for Family Dollar

Jammel Ward named Regional Asset Protection Manager for LVMH

Kevin Olynyk named Manager, Loss Prevention for Holt Renfrew

Katie Rieken named Digital Loss Prevention Reviewer for Dick's Sporting Goods

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