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CLEAR Day 1 Recap

CLEAR Conference at FULL CAPACITY for the 5th Straight Year

Announces Partnership with the Retail Industry Leaders Association,
Hosting a Joint Event in 2024

The 2023 CLEAR Board | This team embodies Success Through Partnership.

As violent thefts and ORC continue to be the top challenge for businesses and communities across the country, the leading experts from retail and law enforcement descended on Orlando, Florida for the annual event. The powerful day started on a solemn note as the Orange County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard presented the colors and the bagpipes of the Central Florida Pipe and Drum Corps paid a heartfelt tribute to the 96 fallen police officers from agencies across the nation.

CLEAR President Rich Rossman provided an overview of what attendees could expect over the next three days that segwayed into a powerful address on "Leading from the Ledge" from
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and his special guest "Junny", his trusted Bloodhound (pictured to the right) that travels everywhere with the popular Florida Sheriff.

The first day of the 2023 National Organized Retail Crime Conference, jointly presented by the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail and the Florida Law Enforcement Property Recovery Unit, was a poignant and enlightening event that brought together law enforcement and retail investigative professionals from across the United States. Held at the Rosen Plaza Convention Center in Orlando, FL, it began with the aforementioned moving tribute to our Law Enforcements' Fallen Heroes and proceeded to feature engaging keynote speakers and informative breakout sessions.

Deputy Assistant Director Raul Aguilar outlined the investments being made by the Department of Homeland Security to combat ORC followed by a technical deep dive into illicit businesses and online marketplaces by Detective Dianne Wantuck from the Coral Springs Police Department.

The robust agenda consisted of a series of informative breakout sessions including Advanced Surveillance Techniques, Complex Financial Crime and leveraging AI technology to develop ORC Investigations, presented by Shannon Humphrey, Sr Mgr of Digital Fraud for CVS Health & Christian Hardman, Supervisor of Criminal & Regulatory Investigations for eBay.

The day concluded with a special meeting of CLEAR's National ORC Committee led by Chairman Rory Stallard from Ulta Beauty. Stallard led a frank discussion around ORC solutions and initiatives by the top retailers, law enforcement officials and the leaders from industry Associations including Lisa Labruno and Jason Brewer from RILA , Dave Johnson from NRF, Jac Brittain representing LPF / LPM. Stallard was also named the next President of CLEAR starting in 2024.

"Day one of the agenda began with a moving, insightful, and dynamic experience, providing attendees with valuable knowledge and fostering a sense of camaraderie and collaboration among law enforcement and retail professionals. The conference promises more engaging discussions, practical insights, and opportunities for networking as it continues," said John 'JC' Clark, Executive Director, CLEAR. "Day 2 promises to deliver additional great content including topics on the New Fight Against Retail Crime, How to Create and Sustain a Culture of Development, Integrating New Investigative Technologies and Using Advancements in Cellular Technologies, IP/MAC Addresses, & Facial Recognition", said Clark.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

The ORC Crisis from a 30,000-Foot Perspective
Retail Theft Losses Mount From Shoplifting, Flash Mobs - And Organized Crime

A surge in violent and organized retail crime is triggering huge losses for Target, Kohl's, Nordstrom, Walmart and other stores. And the problem is getting worse.

Rising Theft Adds To Underperformance

Retail stocks face a number of headwinds in 2023, but rising theft has added to their underperformance, including. "
Everything points to a continuing increase in retail crime," said Cory Lowe, senior research scientist at the Loss Prevention Research Council.
Violent Shoplifting Increases

In the 2023 survey of 117 retail brands,
88% reported shoplifters have grown more aggressive and violent than a year earlier. As for perpetrators of organized retail crime, ORC for short, 67% of respondents say they're growing even more violent and aggressive, compounding on increased violence from prior years.

Retail Theft Red Flags In Earnings

Losses from theft are at historical highs," CEO Erik Nordstrom said in Nordstrom's August earnings call. "And I'd say we find it unacceptable, and it needs to be addressed" on a variety of fronts. "That being said, while it's unacceptable, it is within our plans," he added.

Target Sees 120% Increase In Thefts

Target CEO Brian Cornell noted retail theft and organized crime are growing problems. The discount giant said it saw a 120% increase in theft incidents involving violence or threats of violence during the first five months of 2023. In May, Target warned that
inventory shrink would reduce profits by more than $500 million compared to last year.

Retail Crime Spurs Store Closures

Meanwhile, many retailers are
reducing hours or closing locations due to retail crime, disorder and violence, according to the 2023 Retail Security Survey. Forty-five percent said they cut hours at one or more stores for these reasons. Some 28% reported closing at least one location. Nearly 30% of respondents reduced or altered in-store products to deter crime.

Shoplifting Is Just One Type Of Retail Theft - Everyday Shoplifting Vs. Organized Crime Rings - Keywords Abet Criminals, Resellers - Favorite Products In Retail Theft - Retailers Face Continued Headwinds - Retail Crime Prevention Measures - Congressional Efforts To Stem Retail Theft investors.com

You Can't Ignore the Data: Retail Violence is Surging
The NRF, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & British Retail Consortium all report  a rise in store violence

Retailers Report an Uptick in Violence Against Employees
As retailers note an increase in theft across stores nationwide, there's an unfortunate side effect of the inventory loss:
an uptick in violence against retail employees themselves. A surge in organized retail crime and violence is happening across the entire sector, affecting both fashion and grocery stores, a report from the United States Chamber of Commerce indicates.

And different from your run-of-the-mill shoplifting, those engaged in organized retail crime are far more likely to become violent toward unsuspecting employees and customers, the Chamber said. According to the National Retail Federation's 2022 Retail Security Survey,
8 out of 10 retailers reported increased incidents of violence and aggression in the past year. In 2022, inventory shrink contributed to $112.1 billion in losses, up from $93.9 billion in 2021.

Retail theft has a large impact on companies' bottom lines, but an even more troubling fact may lie in the
increased shift in violence to employees.

"Retailers are seeing
unprecedented levels of theft coupled with rampant crime in their stores, and the situation is only becoming more dire," National Retail Federation Vice President of Asset Protection and Retail Operations David Johnson said in a statement. "Far beyond the financial impact of these crimes, the violence and concerns over safety continue to be the priority for all retailers, regardless of size or category."

British Retail Consortium (BRC) also penned a letter stating store employees face "unacceptable levels of violence and abuse." The consortium is now asking lawmakers to create a new statutory offense that would make it a specific crime to assault, threaten or abuse a retail worker.

The violence against retail workers
could cause fewer people to accept and work these jobs in the future, creating a huge disruption to the retail industry at large. Though pharmacies, big box stores and grocery stores are some of the most likely to be targeted, dollar stores and luxury retailers also get their fair share of crime. newsweek.com

Deep Dive Into Boosters
Diving Beyond Boosters into Organized Retail Crime Rings
Boosters' thefts are often the most visible aspect of this illicit economy, even going viral in the past few years as they become more blatant in their attempts to steal everything from moisturizer to power tools to laundry detergent to beef.

In Washington, D.C.,
retailers lose an estimated $108 million each year from theft, according to analysis from Capital One. That number includes both shoplifting and organized retail crime (ORC) thefts, and it is just a small part of a larger issue. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that ORC contributes to $125.7 billion in annual losses in the United States-including more than $68 billion from stolen goods.

And while these stolen goods might resurface for sale in the very community they were snatched from, there's also a chance
they'll be shipped across the country or over an international border to eventually make their way into the legitimate economy.

boosters steal a median of $5,000 in merchandise before they're arrested, according to the Organized Retail Crime Report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and K2 Integrity published in April 2023. Boosters learn how to steal goods based on firsthand experience, as well as information available online-including on social media.

On average, the
fencers that boosters work for handle about $250,000 in stolen merchandise before law enforcement catches them, and they also rely on online marketplaces as a resale channel for their goods. Approximately 45 percent of ORC groups that the NRF studied used online marketplaces for resale.

differs from how ORC groups used to move products, says Khris Hamlin, vice president of loss prevention at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).

"Fast-forward to today, and nobody is setting up those home shopping areas anymore," Hamlin says. "We have
third-party marketplaces where individuals remain anonymous, pick those stolen goods up, and sell them anonymously to anywhere."

And groups are also no longer just targeting designer and luxury items.
They are stealing household staples like laundry detergent, allergy medicine, skincare items, and beauty products, which they can move quickly to turn a profit since people buy them regularly.  asisonline.org

ORC: A Sophisticated Problem Requiring Sophisticated Solutions
Investigating modern organized retail crime & fraud

As more sophisticated levels of retail crime emerge, store owners have to be on guard in both the physical and the digital world against organized rings of thieves

ORC has emerged as a particularly troubling trend within this industry.
Retailers reported a startling 26.5% surge in ORC incidents since the post-pandemic uptick in retail theft.

And this is not just a financial concern -
the human cost is also mounting. A significant 80% of retailers surveyed highlighted a rise in violence and aggression associated with ORC incidents over the past year.

Harnessing technology to investigate ORC

As organized retail crime grows in complexity, the tools used to investigate it must evolve in tandem. A major boost to investigating retail theft in the private sector is
reliable access to real time data. To effectively combat ORC, data points such as live gateway access to identity data, license plate reader technology, fraud detection platforms for ecommerce, and visual recognition systems to identify repeat offenders can be force-multipliers in prevention.

Equipping corporate security professionals with the right technology is not the only step needed to tackle organized retail crime, of course. Law enforcement professionals need to effectively partner with retailers to meet this effort. Approximately 50% of incidents are not reported to the police, according to the Loss Prevention Research Council.


Retailers, law enforcement, and government agencies
need to prioritize investments in technology and personnel to combat the escalating ORC threat. Collaborative efforts are essential to create a united front against organized retail crime, and corporate and law enforcement partnerships, legislation, and data-sharing initiatives can help bridge the gaps in our defenses. Embracing real-time data access and advanced tools like license plate readers, identity verification systems, and fraud detection platforms can streamline data-sharing initiatives and enhance investigations. thomsonreuters.com

Are Soft-on-Crime Policies Fueling Retail Theft & Looting?
Former Toys 'R' Us CEO Gerald Storch slams liberal cities for 'no prosecution stance' on thefts and warns flash mob looters in Philly have to face consequences

Ex-Toys 'R' Us boss Gerald Storch slammed soft-on-crime stance of liberal cities

The former CEO of Toys 'R' US has
slammed liberal cities for their 'no prosecution stance' on shoplifters, warning that brazen thieves like the recent flash mob looters in Philadelphia should face consequences.

Gerald Storch, 66, criticized Democratic leaders for sending the message that 'crime is okay and we're not going to arrest you', adding that
incidences of violent shoplifting across the nation are 'accelerating' at an alarming rate.

Storch said shoplifting is a particular problem in 'liberal areas where prosecutors have not prosecuted these crimes, or
they have lowered penalties or raised the limits on how much you can steal and still have misdemeanor'.

'You're not going to just solve it by
just saying crime is okay and we're not going to arrest you,' Storch, who also previously served as Target vice chairman, told Fox News. His comments come after widespread looting broke out in central Philadelphia over several nights last week. dailymail.co.uk

Attorney General Alliance Fights ORC
AGA Working Groups Grapple with Gritty Topics, Including ORC

Combatting ORC: New Laws are Needed

A representative from the California DOJ led a discussion on the partnership between the CA AG's office and retailers helping to address ORC and large scale theft and fraud. This fireside chat provided a detailed look into an evolving area of importance and discussed the need for and prioritization of engagement and data sharing between the private sector and federal, state, and local law enforcement partners. The conversation further stressed the importance of not just allocating resources but, where necessary, making legal changes to address this growing problem. Other topics for the ORC Working Group discussions included a behavioral theory-based approach designed to help educate consumers and protect them against counterfeit goods. A Michigan State University professor joined this presentation to provide a detailed look at the counterfeit supply chain and the legal and policy issues that accompany the bourgeoning counterfeit markets. Wrapping up these sessions was an analysis of the implications of the new INFORM Consumers Act which took effect in June 2023. jdsupra.com

   RELATED: AGA's Organized Retail Crime Initiative

Podcast: How Retail Crime Gets Organized

Cook County, Illinois Sheriff ramps up efforts to curb Mag Mile retail theft


56,000 Retail Job Cuts Through End of August
From Amazon to Allbirds, nearly 50 major retailers announced layoffs this year

As companies turn to cost-cutting measures, there's no shortage of big names slashing jobs - and not all of them are in dire financial straits.

2023 kicked off with a grim start: Retail layoffs spiked 3,225% year over year, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas data. Well over halfway into the year, layoffs remain elevated. Retailers announced nearly 56,000 job cuts through the end of August, a shocking 524% increase compared to last year.

Indeed, in Retail Dive's coverage alone,
nearly 50 businesses have laid off employees in 2023 - and not just those in dire financial straits. Among the long list are dozens of big-name retailers, including Kohl's, Gap, Amazon, Walmart, REI, Under Armour, Neiman Marcus and CVS. There are also a slew of digitally native companies, including Allbirds, Ruggable, Everlane and Stitch Fix.

"Retail layoffs are likely to continue for a variety of reasons. In a down economy, they're often thought of as a cost-cutting measure, and we've seen retailers
using layoffs to preserve capital. We're also seeing layoffs stemming from the closures of brick and mortar that are struggling either financially or with other issues such as theft," Catherine Lepard, global managing partner of retail and direct to consumer at Heidrick & Struggles, said via email. "Outside of the fiscal drivers, layoffs have recently been the result of retailers rethinking their larger business strategy - right-sizing their footprints to align with consumer behaviors shifting from physical to online shopping."  retaildive.com

Returning Packages via Uber?
Can Uber Help Reduce Return Anxiety?
Uber has rolled out a new "Return a Package" offering that lets Uber and Uber Eats drivers pick up consumers' prepaid and sealed return packages -
up to five at a time - and drop them off at a local post office, FedEx, or UPS. The cost is $5.

For Uber One members, the fee is $3. Introduced in 2021, the Uber One membership (which costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 annually) includes discounts on rides and orders, $0 delivery fees for eligible orders, and credits for late orders.

Customers can track their package return process in real time in the Uber app. Packages must weigh less than 30 pounds and be under $100 in value. retailwire.com

Holiday Mall Shopping Surge Coming?
Gen Z headed to malls this holiday season: report

Nearly half of young shoppers said they'll do their holiday shopping at malls as consumers plan to spend less on gifts.

Nearly half of Gen Z consumers
(49.6%) plan to do their holiday shopping at malls, a higher proportion than the 40.8% average, according to JLL's Holiday Shopping Survey Report 2023. Consumers plan to spend $530 on gifts alone this year, down from $612 last year, according to the report. JLL's research also found that the top three retailers for holiday shoppers are Amazon (64.7%), Walmart (47.6%) and Target (41.8%). retaildive.com

Has Spirit Halloween Won the Battle Over Party City?
Halloween is a $12B business. Why that couldn't save Party City
The specialty retailer relies heavily on the holiday, but growing participation and spending wasn't enough to spare it from bankruptcy.

Primark Continues U.S. Expansion With 24 Stores, Plans To Grow To 60

Showfields files for bankruptcy

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Executive Director - Security Services Strategy & Operations job posted for CVS Health in Buffalo Grove, IL
CVS Health is seeking a visionary and results-driven Executive Director to lead and own the strategic direction, development, and execution of security services, with a focus on Zero Trust, Endpoint Security, Authentication, PKI Engineering, Ransomware Prevention, and Data/Platform Protection. This pivotal leadership role will play a critical part in safeguarding CVS Health's data assets and ensuring the highest standards of security across the organization. jobs.cvshealth.com

Divisional Director Loss Prevention job posted for WHSmith North America in Las Vegas, NV
As the Divisional Director, Loss Prevention you will assist in the development and execution of key initiatives surrounding theft/fraud and operational accountability within the IMEG division of the Company. WHSmith is a leading global travel retailer with over 1,700 stores across 30 countries worldwide. WHSmith North America, incorporating Marshall Retail Group (MRG) and InMotion, represents over half of the Company's international store estate. indeed.com

Director I Profitability job posted for Stop & Shop in Nanuet, NY
The Director of Profitability will create shrink strategy and be the primary owner of driving shrink control strategy across the Brand. Lead efforts to implement consistent shrink best practices across the Brand and connects with other Shrink Leads to share knowledge. Partners and influences AP, Merchandising, Operations, IT and Supply Chain leadership on all strategic and tactical initiatives to advocate for shrink and sales reducing activity minimization while supporting positive sales growth. stopandshop.careerswithus.com

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'Crippling Outages and Business Disruption'
Internet-Wide Zero-Day Bug Fuels Largest-Ever DDoS Event

Ongoing Rapid Reset DDoS flood attacks exposed organizations need to patch CVE-2023-44487 immediately to head off crippling outages and business disruption.

An Internet-wide security vulnerability is at the root of a zero-day attack dubbed "
HTTP/2 Rapid Reset," which resulted in a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) flood that was orders of magnitude larger than any previous attack ever recorded. It marks a new chapter in the evolution of DDoS threats, researchers noted.

Amazon Web Services, Cloudflare, and Google Cloud each independently observed the attack in question, which featured multiple waves of traffic that lasted for just minutes each.
They targeted cloud and Internet infrastructure providers, and the attack took place over Aug. 28-29. Unknown perpetrators are behind the event, but it's clear that they exploited a bug in the HTTP/2 protocol, which is used in about 60% of all Web applications.

AWS, Cloudflare, and Google worked with other cloud, DDoS security, and infrastructure vendors in a coordinated effort to minimize any real-world impact of the Rapid Reset attacks, mainly with load balancing and other edge strategies. But that doesn't mean the Internet is protected;
plenty of organizations are still susceptible to the attack vector and will need to proactively patch their HTTP/2 instances to be immune to the threat.

While the Rapid Reset attacks haven't had the critical impact that the cyberattackers behind them may have hoped, the fact that threat actors were able to pioneer the technique in the first place
should put companies on notice, especially given that DDoS attacks continue to be an important tool in cyberattackers' arsenals. darkreading.com

70K Devices Impacted in Fraud Schemes
Badbox Operation Targets Android Devices in Fraud Schemes

Researchers believe that more than 70,000 Android devices may have been affected.

AdvertisementAfter a researcher discovered that an Android TV streaming box, known as T95, was infected with preloaded malware, researchers at Human Security released information regarding the extent of infected devices and how malicious schemes are connected to these corrupted products.

Human Security describes the operation as "
a global network of consumer products with firmware backdoors installed and sold through a normal hardware supply chain." Once activated, the devices connect to a command-and-control (C2) server for further instructions. In tandem, a botnet known as Peachpit is integrated with Badbox, and engages in ad fraud, residential proxy services, fake email/messaging accounts, and unauthorized remote code installation.

According to the researchers at Human Security, 200 different models of Android devices are potentially affected, and at least
74,000 Android devices globally are potentially impacted by the Badbox infection. Eight different types of devices have backdoors installed: seven Android TV boxes - T95, T95Z, T95MAX, X88, Q9, X12PLUS, and MXQ Pro 5G - and an Android tablet, J5-W. The devices are made in China and somewhere along their supply chain, a firmware backdoor gets implemented on the devices. darkreading.com

MGM Refuses to Negotiate with Ransomware Cybercriminals
Too Rich to Ransomware? MGM Brushes Off $100M in Losses

MGM wins big bet that choosing days of operations outages is a better business decision than paying a ransom, following last month's data breach.

Following September's ransomware attack on MGM Resorts, the hospitality and casino giant
swiftly decided not to engage or negotiate with cybercriminals - and based on its most recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosure, the gamble paid off.

MGM's incident response strategy was a sharp left turn from Caesars Entertainment, which after it was breached by the same threat actors, decided to pay a negotiated ransom of $15 million and move on. In the days following the casino cyberattacks, Caesars was back to day-to-day operations, while
MGM struggled to claw back operations for more than a week.

In its revised SEC disclosure form 8-K, MGM reports it lost about $100 million as a result of the breach, which seems like a hefty price tag at first blush. However,
the company noted that the losses will only slightly impact the company's third quarter financials, with minimal potential spillover into the fourth quarter. For comparison's sake, MGM hauled in nearly $4 billion in revenue in the second quarter of the year, across its global operations - and $2.1 billion in revenue from its Las Vegas properties alone. darkreading.com

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The FTC's Uphill Fight Against Amazon
The Amazon antitrust lawsuit is likely to be a long and arduous journey for the FTC

The Federal Trade Commission's long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Amazon is the most aggressive move it has taken yet to tame the market power of a company that's become synonymous with online shopping and fast deliveries

Amazon is heading into one of its biggest sales events of the year - Prime Day - with a lawsuit hanging over its head that accuses it of preventing sellers from hawking their merchandise at lower prices on other sites.

The Federal Trade Commission's long-awaited antitrust case is
the agency's most aggressive move yet to tame the market power of Amazon, a company that's become synonymous with online shopping and fast deliveries.

The Amazon case, which was backed by 17 states, marks
a full-circle moment for Khan, who is finally confronting the company she scrutinized in an influential scholarly paper she penned as a Yale Law student. In the paper, which was called "Amazon's Antitrust Paradox" and released in 2017, Khan argued the prevailing way of looking at anticompetitive conduct by the impact it has on prices was insufficient in the modern economy. Instead, she pushed for a more progressive approach that examines how corporate concentration impacts the broader market.

Two years ago, Khan was tapped to lead the FTC by President Joe Biden, whose administration has
taken a tougher stance on antitrust enforcement. That same year, Amazon unsuccessfully sought to get her recused from agency probes against the company, arguing she was too biased.

Now, her agency
must prove in court both that Amazon is a monopoly and is using its dominance to prevent competition from flourishing in the marketplace.

A final decision in Amazon case will likely come years down the road, assuming the lawsuit isn't dropped under a new administration, dismissed by a judge or ends in a settlement akin to the one Amazon reached with European regulators last year. A similar lawsuit filed last year by the state of California is set to go to trial in 2026.
The District of Columbia also tried to sue Amazon on antitrust grounds before, but its lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge last year.

Experts say the FTC faces a few hurdles in its own case, including
convincing the court which slice of the market Amazon is allegedly monopolizing. abcnews.go.com

'Kill Us or Send Us Home'
Amazon workers in Saudi Arabia say they were exploited by labor supply and recruiting firms

More than 50 current and former workers said they were misled by firms that supply labor to Amazon in Saudi Arabia and by recruiting agencies in Nepal.

Momtaj Mansur flew to Saudi Arabia in September 2021, excited to work at one of the world's biggest companies, Amazon. He was promised a well-paying job and planned to use the money to help his family back in Nepal.

Less than a year later, he said he was
living in a crowded room with seven other men, jammed with bunk beds infested with bed bugs. The water was often salty and undrinkable. His hopes were shattered, and he was deep in debt.

Momtaj Mansur is
one of more than 50 current and former workers who said they were misled and exploited by firms that supply labor to Amazon in Saudi Arabia and by their network of recruiting agencies in Nepal. nbcnews.com

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Chicago, IL: Chicago Police Find $5 Million Dollars Worth of Stolen Sneakers in Warehouse
The Chicago Police cracked down on a major criminal operation this week, uncovering a cache of stolen goods valued at millions of dollars in a West Side warehouse within the Windy City. CBS Chicago was the first to break the news about this significant bust. The police, investigating the case, have traced the origins of this operation back to the Austin neighborhood in Chicago. There, perpetrators targeted shipments on rail cars en route to retailers across the nation, making off with a trove of stolen merchandise. The West Side warehouse, in question, served as the central hub for these criminals, housing an astonishing hoard of pilfered items, including products from Nike, Adidas, Supreme, and UGG, collectively valued at nearly $5 million. Progress in the investigation gained momentum after authorities received a report of cargo theft in the vicinity. They traced these criminal activities back to the warehouse and subsequently obtained a search warrant, leading to the discovery of an extensive inventory of stolen goods.
Tom Heroin, Chief of Lyons Police, stated, "Whether it's Nike, UGG, Adidas, or Supreme products, a substantial volume of merchandise, worth an estimated minimum of $5 million, was seized."  sneakerbardetroit.com

Los Angeles, CA: Thousands of dollars worth of stolen retail items found in L.A. bust
Two people were arrested after thousands of dollars worth of stolen merchandise was allegedly being sold at a retail shop in Central L.A. The two suspects, who were not identified, were found operating a local business selling a large amount of personal care and baby items, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Some of the retailers from where the merchandise was stolen include Target and CVS, officials said. Photos from the bust show tall stacks of Pampers and Huggies diapers inside the store. The boxes of diapers are also seen filled to the brim inside a minivan parked outside. Other stolen items found include a variety of shampoo, lotions and more. The discovered merch amounted to around several thousand dollars worth, police said. The exact amount was not released by authorities.
"Thank you to our partners at Target and CVS for helping with this investigation," police said news.yahoo.com

San Jose, CA: 5 suspects steal $50k in Gucci merch from San Jose store, 1 arrested
Five masked suspects are shown on surveillance video shoving past a Gucci store security guard at Valley Fair Mall on Oct. 5 before running off with approximately $50,000 worth of purses and merchandise, according to the San Jose Police Department. Reserve officers with San Jose PD working at the mall responded to the call of an organized retail theft in progress. One of the suspects attacked an officer as they were being detained, SJPD said. With the assistance of mall security, the reserve officer took the suspect into custody. The remaining four suspects fled the area before additional police officers arrived, police said. Detectives with San Jose police's Robbery Unit are investigating the video footage and other evidence to identify the other suspects. 

York, PA: 7 charged after nearly $20k stolen from central Pa. Walmart
Seven people were charged with various counts of retail theft after police say they stole just under $20,000 worth of merchandise from a Walmart in York County last month. Police in West Manchester Township say the thefts - which totaled $19,778.46 - took place on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 at the Walmart at 1000 Town Center Drive in York. Avzonah Burgess, 18; Joshua Castillo, 26; Leiazah Hammond, 20; Leanna Cuff, 38; Janelly Sanchez, 29; Thomas Jacobs, 26, and Darnell Trowell, 31, all face at least one count of retail theft, according to a police report. Police reported all of the individuals collectively stole $19,778.46 except Burgess, who was listed as stealing $9,717.96. 

Rio Linda, CA: Sacramento County 7-Eleven looted over the weekend
Video recently posted on social media shows a 7-Eleven in Sacramento County being looted by a group of people Sunday night. According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, at around 11:30 p.m. 40-50 who were gathered the intersection of near Rio Linda and Elkhorn boulevards for an illegal sideshow turned their attention to a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store and broke windows and stole items -- from electronics to cigarettes, to food. In the video, which the sheriff's office verified, you can see thieves moving in and out of the store through broken front windows. They then leave the store with hands full. The person recording the incident is heard saying: "cover your face" and laughing. 

Los Angeles, CA: Authorities searching for serial thief who has hit more than two dozen SoCal Target stores; loss exceeds $25,0000

Erie, PA: Pennsylvania State Police trying to identify Suspects in Lowe's Retail Theft


NRF has declared Oct. 26 as Fight Retail Crime Day

 A day of action to unite the retail community to advocate
for solutions in combating organized retail crime.


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Shootings & Deaths

Aurora, CO: 16-year-old arrested in teen's killing outside of mall in Aurora
Police say a 16-year-old boy surrendered Monday in the shooting death of a teen outside an Aurora mall. The boy was booked on felony counts of second-degree murder and aggravated robbery, according to the Aurora Police Department. He also faces a traffic offense of failing to report an accident to police. Police on Monday had announced a warrant for the teen. While interim Aurora Police Chief Art Acevedo said it was on a count of first-degree murder, the department said Tuesday that the chief misspoke. Police did not identify the boy because he is a minor. He was advised of the charges on Tuesday morning. More suspects remain at large in the killing, according to the department. Raphael Velin, 15, was shot and killed Sept. 30 outside the Southlands shopping mall in Aurora. Police said the incident was part of a pre-planned meetup between Velin and the suspects.  kdvr.com

Houston, TX: Update: Houston Gun Store Employee Charged With Murder After Gunning Down Suspected Shoplifter with a Criminal Record
A gun store employee was charged with murder Saturday after killing a suspected shoplifter with a criminal record, concluding a more than a year-long investigation by Houston authorities. As ABC 13 News Houston reported, police say Mark Winger shot and killed Terry Evans Jr., who was accused of shoplifting from Carter's Country store on South Wilcrest. The incident occurred on June 2022. The network exclusively captured surveillance footage of the occurrence which will enable viewers to draw their own conclusions. In the footage, Evans can be seen walking into the store. He then goes up to the cash register and appears to grab money from it before heading towards the door.  thegatewaypundit.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Redwood City, CA: In-N-Out parking lot melee stemmed from mistaken identity in Redwood City
Four people face felony assault charges following a violent altercation in a Redwood City In-N-Out parking lot that stemmed from mistaken identity, police said. The incident started when two men armed with a metal pipe approached a group of teens and young adults last Friday night in an In-N-Out restaurant parking lot on Veterans Boulevard, according to the Redwood City Police Department. The two men armed with the pipe believed the teens they were confronting had been involved in a strong-arm robbery earlier in the week, according to the police. "This proved to be a case of mistaken identity," the police department said. The armed men attacked multiple victims. During the attack, the victims managed to wrest the pipe away and, in turn, used it against the two men.  news.yahoo.com

Orange County, NY: Orange County takes action against retail crime
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler has announced the county's participation in National Store Walk Month, a nationwide initiative aimed at forging partnerships between local prosecutors and community retailers. Throughout the month, district attorneys will walk retail stores with management teams, working on new strategies to prevent crime and theft. This effort comes in response to an increase in violent robberies at retail establishments across Orange County. The initiative was launched in collaboration with the National District Attorneys Association, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.  westchester.news12.com

San Francisco, CA: 2 arrested, weapons seized following Armed Robberies in San Francisco's Mission District
Police in San Francisco arrested two people on multiple felony charges and seized several weapons following an investigation into recent armed robberies targeting businesses in the Mission District. According to officers, the pair are suspected in at least three robberies between September 26 and October 4, all of which took place during overnight hours. "The robberies all involved the taking over of businesses and forcing victims on to the floor or corralling them into back rooms, all at gunpoint," police said in a statement Tuesday. During two of the robberies, police said the suspects pistol-whipped the victims. The suspects took cash and merchandise, and stole ATMs from two businesses. Investigators were able to identify one of the suspects as 32-year-old Jacquez Tucker of San Francisco and worked on a plan to take the suspects into custody.  cbsnews.com

Hot Springs, AR: Alleged habitual shoplifter tries to flee, arrested on felony drug charge
A habitual offender with charges pending in two counties was arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges Sunday for allegedly trying to flee after shoplifting items at a Hot Springs Walmart. According to court records, he was convicted of felony theft of property over $25,000 in Garland County on Aug. 24, 2007, and sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all of it suspended. He was also convicted on Dec. 7, 2015, in Pulaski County of felony fleeing, felony driving while intoxicated, fourth offense, and four felony counts of theft of property and sentenced to six years in prison, but was later paroled.  hotsr.com

Philadelphia, PA: ATM blown up in brazen theft inside West Philadelphia restaurant

Chippewa Falls, WI: Woman convicted of employee theft from Subway; $51,000 restitution



Adult - Lansing, MI - Armed Robbery
Beauty - Gwinnett County, GA - Burglary
C-Store - Dubuque, IA - Burglary
C-Store - Rensselaer, IN - Robbery
C-Store - Willaimsburg County, MS - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Rio Linda, CA - Robbery
C-Store- Murray, KY - Burglary
C-Store - Enfield, CT - Robbery
C-Store - Charlotte, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Philadelphia, PA - Burglary
Clothing - Paragould, AR - Burglary
Dollar - Woodbridge, VA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Sulphur Springs, TX - Burglary
Grocery - West Chester, PA - Robbery
Gucci - San Jose, CA - Robbery
Hardware - Erie, PA - Robbery
Marijuana - Santa Cruz, CA - Burglary
Marijuana - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Kenosha, WI - Robbery
Restaurant - Philadelphia, PA - Burglary
Restaurant, CA - Paso Robles, - Burglary
Restaurant - Gwinnett County, GA - Burglary
Walmart - Chillicothe, OH - Robbery                          


Daily Totals:
• 12 robberies
• 11 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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