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City of New Orleans Deploys Vehicle-Centric Investigation System to Help Secure the French Quarter

Genetec Inc, a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, announced that the City of New Orleans' Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) has deployed Genetec AutoVu Cloudrunner to extend the capabilities of its automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) program. The vehicle-centric investigative system helps them gather evidence in the historic French Quarter, with easy-to-deploy, solar-powered ALPR technology that captures high-quality images day or night, making it easier and faster to solve crimes.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

'Putting California's Rising Retail Theft in Context'
'Overall felony retail theft was up 16% in 2022'

What we know (and don't) about the rise in retail theft
In some cases, those team-effort crimes are part of an organized network of thieves who then sell the stolen items. That's referred to as organized retail crime.

It's not just retailers reacting: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in August that the state would triple the California Highway Patrol's resources in the city of Los Angeles to address the issue. The CHP operates an Organized Retail Crime Task Force, which has investigated roughly 1,850 retail crimes statewide since its formation in 2019.

Also in August, L.A. Mayor Karen Bass announced a new regional task force had been created to "aggressively investigate these incidents and hold individuals that are responsible for these crimes fully accountable."

Retail theft has increased, but the data are murky

What the data do show is that overall felony retail theft was up 16% in 2022 compared with 2019. A closer look showed commercial burglary specifically was up 13%. Commercial robbery, which includes thefts in which force is used or threatened (like some smash-and-grab thefts), was up about 13% in that same time frame.

And when it comes to misdemeanor shoplifting, the data show a 29% spike in 2022 vs. 2019, though the PPIC report notes that the rate for that crime remains 8% below its pre-pandemic level.

The media's role in shaping perceptions

How the media frames and covers crime can have a strong impact on the perception of how safe we are. And with the prevalence of video monitoring in public spaces - both surveillance technology and our cameras that double as phones - it's never been easier to record and share video of people behaving badly.

Simply put, when the news media regularly fills broadcasts or social feeds with visuals of criminal chaos, they're sending a signal to the public: this is what you should be concerned about.

Retailers citing crime for closing stores 'tells a partial truth'

Looking at the data, it's clear retail theft is having an impact on businesses. But Kubrin said that framing only "tells a partial truth." "Crime is a piece of the puzzle," she told me. "It's not the entire puzzle."  latimes.com

Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig to Present at Cal-ORCA Virtual Summit
Learn About the Importance of Partnerships and Leadership in the Effort to Combat Organized Retail Crime and Retail Theft

Presented By District Attorney Jeff Reisig, Yolo County District Attorney's Office

NEW Cal-ORCA Virtual Summit Coming November 8!

Jeff Reisig is the District Attorney of Yolo County, which is one of California's fifty-eight counties, located in Northern California, between the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Reisig has served as a prosecutor for over 26 years and has been the county's chief elected law enforcement official since 2007, making him one of California's longest serving district attorneys.

During his tenure as DA, Reisig has focused intently on advocating for victims of crime and pursuing a balanced approach to public safety through methods designed to enhance accountability while also embracing programs to reduce recidivism and the criminal justice footprint. Read more.

Founded in 2012, The California Organized Retail Crimes Association (CAL-ORCA) is an organization dedicated to fostering partnerships between law enforcement and loss prevention professionals to provide training, combat Organized Retail Crime (ORC) and other crimes impacting the business community. Cal-ORCA will be releasing it's exclusive 2023 Virtual Summit offering on Wednesday, November 8. LEARN MORE HERE.

Oakland Mayor Thao doubles down on crime in first State of the City address
As pressure mounts on Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao to address the city's biggest problems, she doubled down on a promise to tackle crime and violence at her first State of the City address on Tuesday.

In her speech - delivered before a packed crowd in City Council chambers - the mayor said she is committed to building a more "robust" Police Department that has a notable presence on the city's streets while beefing up specialized units to investigate crimes. She promised to invest in violence interrupters and peer specialists in schools and throughout the city. She also vowed to spend more on technology to investigate crimes.

Other crimes have also increased: Robberies are up by 35%, carjackings by 22%, burglaries by 36% and motor vehicle thefts by 51%, according to city data.

Oakland Police Department is in the process of hiring more civilian investigators; it currently has 711 sworn officers and is budgeted for 712.

On Tuesday evening, the City Council is poised to pass funding to expand a community ambassador program in certain parts of the city. The council is also scheduled to discuss and vote on a proposal from Thao to install 300 automated license plate readers throughout the city.

"We know that the sharp increase in property crimes and auto burglaries are tied to organized groups with sophisticated tactics and networks," Thao said. "These organized criminal enterprises are coordinating operations regionally and a small group of people are causing most of the harm."

Thao also said she has expanded police foot patrols citywide from six to 12. She pointed to the city's recent deployment of California Highway Patrol officers to help with traffic enforcement and said those officers have already made 50 arrests, impounded 33 vehicles and recovered 70 stolen cars.

She also addressed criticism for missing a grant deadline that could have infused the city with millions to combat retail theft, saying, "the buck stops with me" and that the city would learn from the experience. She said Oakland is fast-tracking the hiring of a grants coordinator and modernizing the city's grant management software tools. sfchronicle.com

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UK Police Not Responding to Retail Crimes
Robbed, spat at and assaulted, British shopkeepers despair over retail crime
Repeat offenders and criminal gangs operating with apparent impunity is becoming a hot political topic ahead of a national election expected next year. Critics of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's government say it shows a breakdown in society.

We stopped reporting incidents to the police because we just felt, for whatever reason, budget cuts or whatnot, they weren't as responsive as we needed them to be," Selvaratnam told Reuters in his shop in Croydon, where his butcher doubles up as a security guard.

It's a similar story in Glasgow, Scotland, where Girish Jeeva was recently left bloodied after being punched in the face when he challenged a man stealing from his grocery store in the Barmulloch district. Both Selvaratnam and Jeeva are frustrated that
shoplifters who steal goods worth less than 200 pounds are rarely prosecuted.

"That explains why some of these gangs, especially the teenagers,
they don't even run when they rob the place," said Selvaratnam.

A Freedom of Information request by British retailer the Co-op showed the police did not respond to
71% of serious retail crimes reported. In the six months to June 2023, it recorded almost 1,000 incidents a day of shoplifting and anti-social behaviour, a 35% increase year-on-year. It has warned that some local stores risk becoming no-go areas. reuters.com

Crime & Vacancies Haven't Hampered All of Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Why some of Mag Mile is succeeding despite vacancies and robbery surge
Nearly a third of Michigan Avenue remains vacant after the pandemic gutted the renowned shopping destination. But the 900 North Michigan Shops building and adjacent Oak Street are bustling.

Why it matters: The story of Michigan Avenue retail venues and restaurants has been doom and gloom over the last three years, but this longstanding, multiuse development could serve as a model for the future of the Magnificent Mile.

The big picture: The retail corridor has historically drawn tourists from around the world. But tourism has struggled to recover to pre-pandemic levels, and a rise in robberies since last year is raising concerns for retailers and shoppers.

Between the lines: One reason 900 North hasn't suffered the same fate as some of its neighbors is that its customer base is 80% local, from neighborhoods like Streeterville, Gold Coast and Old Town, the building's business development manager Alicia Skruba tells Axios. axios.com

New Chicago Top Cop Vows to Balance Reform, Aggressive Policing

"I think we can police proactively and have our community members understand what we're doing," said new Chicago Police Superintendent Larry Snelling.

Larry Snelling has a tightrope to walk. He took over as superintendent of the Chicago Police Department last month as it struggles to meet obligations under a federal consent decree. The department has worked to build stronger community relationships while still trying to reduce the gun violence that's been entrenched in the city for decades.

On one hand, Snelling is tasked with leading a department that must meet a series of reform goals that were born out of the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. On the other, many city residents have called for more aggressive policing as robberies in Chicago have surged this year.

Homicides and nonfatal shootings still outpace pre-pandemic levels as well, though they are trending downward. officer.com

Amid Concerns Over Organised Retail Theft, Retailers Must Turn to Tech to Safeguard Stores and Enhance Customer Experience

How can retailers effectively combat the rising tide of organized theft while ensuring a positive customer experience?

Dipayan Biswas, the Frank Harvey Endowed Professor of Marketing at the University of South Florida Tampa, suggests a multifaceted approach to address growing instances of organized retail theft. "I think there's enough scope to use technology to stop these kinds of behaviors or at least reduce it significantly," Biswas notes, emphasizing the potential of innovative solutions over more draconian measures. marketscale.com

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OFFICER Media Group Annual Survey
720 vetted respondents - 63.2% Commander/Supervise/Manager

State of the Industry 2024 Projection Survey Summary
Budgets Growing - #1 Concern Active Shooter - Body Cameras Usage Up

Each year, Officer Media Group performs a survey of law enforcement in an attempt to see what's coming "down the road" as far as budget growth or loss, challenges faced, changes being planned, etc.

69.4% expect growth in their 2024 budget. | 84.58% anticipate no reduction.

67.87% will use new funds on salary increases (Top use - important to recruiting & retention efforts). Only 28.52% to use new funds on Community Outreach.

15.42% expect reduction in 2024 budget. Salary & Community Outreach - least anticipated line items to be cut.

59% expect change in authorized strength - Of that group 49.59% expect increase in strength.

28% expect strength to increase 5% or less. 15.56% to increase 6 - 10% | 4.58% to increase 11 - 25% | 1.53% to increase 25 - 50%

Demographics: Caucasian - 72% | African-American - 15% | Hispanic - 10% | Majority ages 25 to 45 | With 45+ group growing.

61% or more male | 17% or less females | Transgender or refused to answer - Less than 10%

Largest area of concern: Active Shooter / Active Killer events: 84.03% | Increased attacks on officers: 65.97% | Riots / Civil Disorder events: 38.33% | Medical health outbreak events: 22.64%, Terrorist Attack: 16.11% | Other type event: 7.5% (Drug related)

Percentage of patrol officers equipped with Body Cameras: Less than 25%: 26.39 | 25-50% 2.22% | 51-75% 6.94% | 76-100% 64.44%

Authorized/Issued Handgun Top Three: Glock: 78.32% | Sig Sauer / SigArms: 22.52% | Smith & Wesson: 19.03%. Top three calibers 9mm 76.33% | .40S&W 28.43% | .45ACP 14.29% baseplatform.io officer.com

View the Full 2024 State of the Industry Projection Survey Report

154 Closures After Chapter 11 Filing
Rite Aid to Close 154 Stores Nationwide in Chapter 11 Restructuring

The chain had about 2,100 stores around the US headed into its bankruptcy.

Rite Aid is set to close 154 stores as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. While the closures are scattered across the U.S., a significant concentration is in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. This move is part of a broader strategy as Rite Aid adapts to evolving business conditions and aims to enhance store performance.

The drugstore chain identified the underperforming locations in a court filing Monday. The closing stores are spread throughout the US but concentrated in California as well as Northeastern states including New York and Pennsylvania. businessinsider.com

Good News for Retailers Heading into Holiday Season
Americans are planning to spend way more on holiday shopping this year

Americans hope to spend more on holiday shopping this year as retail sales continue to increase.

In its Holiday Shopping Survey release Thursday, credit reporting giant TransUnion found that Americans on the whole are planning to make larger, more expensive purchases on holiday gifts.

In a survey of over 1,500 adults conducted in August, TransUnion found 21% of respondents were planning on spending over $1,000 on holiday shopping this year, compared to 14% last year. Meanwhile, while 17% spent under $100 last year on holiday gifts, only 4% plan to spend that little this year. businessinsider.com

Are Retail's Executive Ranks Too Old?
While railing against ageism, or a bias against hiring older employees, has become common, some leadership pundits argue that executive ranks need to get younger to drive innovation and solve problems that require a longer-term perspective.

Safeway closing Santa Clara Store after 67 years

Aldi cutting prices up to 50% for holidays

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Web Browser Updates Turn Into Malware Attacks
Watch Out: Attackers Are Hiding Malware in 'Browser Updates'

Updating your browser when prompted is a good practice, just make sure the notification comes from the vendor themselves.

Threat actors are using cybersecurity best practices against you,
hiding malware inside of fake browser updates. They do so by seeding legitimate but vulnerable websites with malicious JavaScript. Upon loading, the code presents users with convincing browser update notifications, masking dangerous payloads.

AdvertisementAccording to a Oct. 17 report from Proofpoint, the trend began with one threat actor, TA569, and it has since been adopted by at least four different threat clusters, in what appears to be a growing and intractable new trend.

Malicious Code, Hidden in Honest Websites

Though they may vary in the particulars, each of the four threat clusters tracked by Proofpoint follow largely the same script. First, the actors take advantage of a legitimate but vulnerable website, injecting their own malicious JavaScript code. When an end user loads the website,
the attackers' script runs alongside the rest of the site's various assets. Its job is to refer traffic to an attacker-controlled domain.

The Fake Browser Update Lure

The update lures are
designed to look like they're coming from the browser's developers, with a clean look and relevant iconography. The following screenshots, courtesy of the security researcher Jerome Segura, capture fake updates from TA569 and another cluster, "FakeSG," also known as "RogueRaticate" (see below).

How to Avoid Fake Browser Updates

To suss out a real update from a fake one, Blackford urges users to
pay attention to how their trusted websites and browsers typically behave, and whether anything happens that doesn't align with the usual pattern.  darkreading.com

Small Businesses Face Growing Cyber Threats
SMBs seek help as cyber threats reach an all-time high
Understanding the evolving threat landscape is the biggest cybersecurity challenge facing SMBs, including non-for-profit organizations - and more than half are calling for help to manage the risks, according to Sage.

48% of SMBs have experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year, while 26% of US SMBs have experienced more than one type of cyber breach. 75% of US SMBs say cyber threats are a major concern and 59% expect to increase their investment in cybersecurity in the coming year.

Top cyber breaches impacting US SMBs include
DDoS attacks (21%), data loss (20%), ransomware attacks (16%) and credential theft (15%).

SMBs face soaring cyber threats

SMBs in the US recognize this, and
60% are turning to cybersecurity companies and trusted tech partners (49%) to educate and support them. 51% also believe industry bodies should help improve cybersecurity preparedness by supporting with education and training.

Safeguarding business beyond the office

The foundational aspects of cybersecurity - like
system patching, backing up data, access controls, two-factor authentication, asset oversight, and security monitoring - can still require specialist skills and tools to implement and operate.

It's notable that
46% of SMBs don't employ firewalls, even though 84% claim familiarity with them. On a global scale, 42% neglect to backup critical data. Intriguingly, UK SMBs (62%) are more diligent in this regard compared to their US counterparts (55%).

73% have implemented systems to facilitate secure work from home, and for 63%, these systems are distinct from their in-office security. However, in the absence of dedicated IT or cyber security experts, there are valid concerns regarding SMBs' ability to tackle specific remote working cyber security risks. helpnetsecurity.com

U.S. House of Representatives, Energy & Commerce Committee
October 18, 2023 | Press Release

Pallone Stresses Need for Comprehensive, Federal Privacy Legislation at Hearing on Artificial Intelligence

Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) delivered the following opening remarks today at an Innovation, Data, and Commerce Hearing titled, "
Safeguarding Data and Innovation: Building the Foundation for the Use of Artificial Intelligence:"

Last year, now-Chair Rodgers and I were able to work across the aisle and pass the American Data Privacy and Protection Act out of Committee by a vote of 50 to 2. That legislation included many important provisions, including provisions focused on data minimization and algorithmic accountability. Clearly defined rules are critical to protect consumers from existing harmful data collection practices, and to safeguard them from the growing privacy threat that AI models pose.

I strongly believe
that the bedrock of any AI regulation must be privacy legislation that includes data minimization and algorithmic accountability principles. Simply continuing to provide consumers with only "notice and consent" rights is wholly insufficient in today's modern digital age.

We cannot continue to allow companies to develop and deploy systems that misuse and leak personal data and exacerbate discrimination. That is why we must make sure developers are running every test they can to mitigate risks before their AI models are deployed.

I will also continue to push for a comprehensive,
national federal privacy standard. It is the only way we can limit the aggressive and abusive data collection practices of Big Tech and data brokers, ensure our children's sensitive information is protected online, protect against algorithmic bias, and put consumers back in control of their data. house.gov

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Cannabis Business Security, Tech Integration & Monitoring
Prioritizing Physical and Installed Security During Cannabis Business Build Outs
During the construction and buildout phase of opening a cannabis operation, it is important to prioritize physical and installed security measures. Often, security system installation (i.e. cameras, alarms) and the focus on security takes place after the buildout of the operation. Physical, or installed security can include: doors, barriers, walls, or any other physically installed feature, that plays a part in securing the operation. If these features are not properly prioritized, the operation will likely face hindrances to security and potentially operating altogether. Once these features are appropriately prepared, it is then important to ensure that they work with the security technology that will be installed later.

Installed security features are almost certainly part of your compliance standards for operating a cannabis business. Simply, if these features do not function properly, you will be out of compliance when operating. You could face fines and potentially suspension/revocation of your license, depending on severity and number of compliance violations. For instance, a door that separates a limited access area, and a restricted access area that is likely used often, needs to be built with that in mind. Using higher grade hinges, an advanced locking mechanism, as well as access control technology, will ensure that you do not have to stop operating, or risk being out of compliance for the sake of an installed security feature. Whatever the installed feature is, it is paramount that it is built to last, with little to no maintenance, and is functional under repeated use and stress.


Your installed security features are only part of the equation. Once you have identified the most important security features that are necessary to your compliance standards, as well as your operational security, you need to ensure that the technology (cameras, alarms, access control, etc.) works seamlessly with the installed security feature. After all, what good is a sturdy door, without a lock or access panel that is also built to last? This is a crux for you and your business, and if you have a weakness here, it means a threat to you operating compliantly down the road.

By prioritizing the physical and installed security of your operation during the application process, during buildout, as well as during the installation of security technology, you will ensure that you are within compliance standards, as well as being able to operate effectively long term. Failure to recognize the importance of security features, their integration with technology, and monitoring their ongoing functionality will likely cause you to either fall out of compliance, or will jeopardize your ability to operate at your highest capacity. sapphirerisk.com

Marijuana Use By Employees Off Limits to Employers?
California Employers Should Not Ask About Marijuana Use
California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed
a new law to prohibit employers from asking job applicants or employees about their prior marijuana use.

California "employers need to make sure that they do not seek any information about marijuana use from applicants, so there should be no questions about it on employment applications or during an interview," said Kathryn Russo, an attorney with Jackson Lewis in Melville, N.Y. "
There should be no consideration of criminal convictions for marijuana use or possession."

In light of the new law, "
employers should re-evaluate whether pre-employment [drug] testing is worthwhile," said Alden Parker, an attorney with Fisher Phillips in Sacramento, Calif.

The state law allows employers to conduct pre-employment drug screening with methods that do not screen for nonpsychoactive cannabis metabolites in a person's hair, blood or urine.

new law will take effect Jan. 1, 2024. It does not apply to employees in the construction industry or employees hired for positions that require a federal government background investigation or security clearance.

Impairment Not Permitted

Under a different California law that will take effect on April 1, 2024,
employers cannot fire, discipline or demote a worker for using cannabis off the job and away from the workplace. However, employers can require employees to not possess, use or be impaired by marijuana at the worksite during work hours. cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

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Robot Expansion Continues at Amazon Warehouses
'Humans are meant to work alongside new machines in a way that should reduce injuries'

Amazon Introducing Warehouse Overhaul With Robotics to Speed Deliveries

Company to use new AI systems at its fulfillment facilities that will work alongside employees

Amazon is introducing an array of new artificial intelligence and robotics capabilities into its warehouse operations that will reduce delivery times and help identify inventory more quickly.

The revamp will change the way Amazon moves products through its fulfillment centers with new AI-equipped sortation machines and robotic arms. It is also set to
alter how many of the company's vast army of workers do their jobs.

Amazon says its new robotics system, named Sequoia after the giant trees native to California's Sierra Nevada region, is designed for both speed and safety.
Humans are meant to work alongside new machines in a way that should reduce injuries, the company says.

It is unclear how the new system will affect Amazon's head count, and the company declined to provide details about its expectations except to note that it
doesn't see automation and robotics as vehicles for eliminating jobs.

Sequoia enables the company to put up items for sale on its website faster and be able to more easily predict delivery estimates, said David Guerin, the company's director of robotic storage technology. The new program
reduces the time it takes to fulfill an order by up to 25%, the company said, and it can identify and store inventory up to 75% faster. Amazon launched the system this week at one of its warehouses in Houston.

"The faster we can process inventory, the greater the probability that we're going to be able to deliver when we said we could," Guerin said. He said Amazon expects
the new system to make up a significant portion of the company's operations in the next three to five years. wsj.com

Will Amazon's Drone Program Finally Take Off?
Amazon will start testing drones that will drop prescriptions on your doorstep
Amazon will soon make prescription drugs fall from the sky when the e-commerce giant becomes
the latest company to test drone deliveries for medications.

The company said Wednesday that customers in College Station, Texas, can now get
prescriptions delivered by a drone within an hour of placing their order.

The drone, programed to fly from a delivery center with a secure pharmacy, will travel to the customer's address,
descend to a height of about four meters - or 13 feet - and drop a padded package.

Amazon says customers will be able to choose from more than 500 medications, a list that includes common treatments for conditions like the flu or pneumonia, but not controlled substances.

The company's
Prime Air division began testing drone deliveries of common household items last December in College Station and Lockeford, California. Amazon spokesperson Jessica Bardoulas said the company has made thousands of deliveries since launching the service, and is expanding it to include prescriptions based in part on customer requests. apnews.com

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Tampa, FL: Meat heist: $400,000 worth of stolen beef found at Florida veggie farm; arrests made
Two of four men accused of stealing a truck containing more than $400,000 worth of beef have been arrested, according to NBC affiliate WTVJ. Authorities said the 53-foot-trailer and a container holding beef were reported stolen to the Orange County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 12. A GPS attached to the container placed it at KB Farm, a vegetable farm in Miami-Dade. When Miami-Dade police arrived at the farm, they found the suspects unloading the beef from the container. The suspects ran away, leaving behind the tractor-trailer. "So I guess in Miami-Dade they were transferring the stolen beef into another container," a Miami judge said in court. Police used security camera video to track down and arrest 38-year-old Jorge Lyen Blanco Diaz. The report said Lazaro Izquierdo, 39, was also arrested, but two other suspects, Leandro Respo, 38, and Christian Garcia, 25, are still at large. Blanco Diaz and Izquierdo are facing charges of grand theft of cargo greater than $50,000, resisting an officer without violence, and a hold for magistrate, according to the report. Blanco Diaz's bond was set to $25,000, WTVJ reported.  wfla.com

St George, UT: 3 in jail after hundreds of cans of baby formula recovered during traffic stop in Washington City
Three individuals suspected of running a criminal conspiracy were arrested after a search of their vehicle revealed thousands of cans of baby formula reportedly stolen from various stores. Officers were dispatched Saturday to a retail theft reported at Walmart on Telegraph in Washington City. Upon arrival, officers learned that on Friday, a suspect was captured on the store's surveillance camera taking several containers of baby formula and exiting the store without paying for the items, which had a combined value of $142. Later that same day, officers conducted a traffic stop on a white SUV and inside they found "thousands of dollars worth of baby formula." One of the suspects was identified as Chase Odell, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, and matched the suspect involved in the theft at the Walmart in Washington City, police say. Odell also was charged with conspiracy to commit retail theft, since he was in a vehicle with two other individuals, one of whom was suspected of stealing baby formula from a department store by concealing it in their clothing. During a search of Odell, officers recovered five identification cards that appeared to be fraudulent. When asked how many fake IDs he had, Odell reportedly said he had two. Officers told him they found three additional cards that appeared to be created "with the purpose to defraud." Officers ran a criminal history check, which indicated Odell had an outstanding warrant issued out of Centerville that was still active.  stgeorgeutah.com

Corte Madera, CA: Thieves ram Sunglass Hut store at Marin County mall
Thieves used a vehicle to ram a storefront at a Corte Madera mall early Wednesday, authorities said. Central Marin police were called around 4:23 a.m. to Sunglass Hut at the Village at Corte Madera, according to a statement from the agency. Police said the suspects drove the vehicle from the parking lot into the mall's interior and used it to crash into the business to gain entry to the shop. They escaped in a second vehicle with the stolen merchandise, police said. Police investigated and obtained evidence and surveillance video footage. The value of the items taken is not yet known.  mercurynews.com

LAPD Task Force Busts Organized Retail Crime Ring in Los Angeles, Carson, and Lakewood
On October 12, the Organized Retail Crime Task Force (ORCTF) of the Los Angeles Police Department arrested four suspects linked to multiple retail store thefts in Los Angeles and neighboring cities. The LAPD Newsroom reports indicate the recovery of a loaded firearm that had been reported stolen, around $1,800 in cash, tools used for smash-and-grab, and stolen merchandise valued at approximately $4,500.  hoodline.com

Grand Rapids, MI: 3 accused of larceny ring centered on Planet Fitness
A trio of alleged crooks engaged in a scheme targeting Planet Fitness facilities in West Michigan, according to a police task force that focuses on pattern crimes in metro Grand Rapids. Ronta Emmanuelle Stone, 33, and Brian Keith Coleman, 31, both of Kalamazoo, are locked up in the Kent County Correctional Facility, charged with conspiracy to conduct a criminal enterprise in the alleged plot. A third suspect, Jasmine Allene Conley, 31, is charged with larceny in one of the Planet Fitness thefts. Investigators say Ronta Stone obtained a membership to the chain of gyms under a fake name and used it to steal from locker rooms. "During these incidents, Ronta Stone entered Planet Fitness and stole (a victim's) vehicle keys, gained access to his vehicle and stole (his) wallet and credit cards," wrote a detective in a probable cause affidavit filed in Kentwood District Court. Court records show three Kent County Planet Fitness locations were hit in Spring and Summer: 5270 Eastern Avenue SE, 721 68th Street SW, and 3681 28th Street SE.  woodtv.com

Palm Desert, CA: Smash And Grab at Gucci in The Gardens of El Paseo
A smash and grab has been reported at The Gardens on El Paseo. Witnesses say The Gucci Store on El Paseo was the target. The unidentified thieves broke into the store and took off in a waiting getaway car. This is an ongoing investigation. nbcpalmsprings.com

Lincoln, NE: Man stuffed 11 hard drives in clothing before leaving Lincoln Best Buy
The Lincoln Police Department is searching for a man who stole several hard drives from Best Buy last month. The theft happened at the store near 70th and O streets on Sept. 20. Police said the man stuffed 11 hard drives in his clothing before leaving the store. Investigators didn't see what vehicle he left in.  klkntv.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Pembroke Pines, FL: GameStop employee fatally shot a fleeing shoplifter stealing Pokemon cards
A GameStop clerk who police say fatally shot a fleeing shoplifter has been charged with manslaughter. Derrick Guerrero, 33, was working at the video game retailer's store in a suburban Fort Lauderdale strip mall Tuesday night when a man grabbed five boxes of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet "ultra-premium" trading cards and ran toward the door, Pembroke Pines police said in a report released Wednesday. The cards retail for $120 a box.

Guerrero pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired one shot, hitting the man in the side, police said. The shoplifter dropped the cards and ran outside to a waiting pickup truck, where a woman called police. He died three hours later at a hospital. Police said store security cameras show the shoplifter never threatened Guerrero nor displayed any weapons. Florida, under its "stand your ground" law, lets someone use deadly force if there is a threat of death or great bodily harm to themselves or others, but it does not allow it simply to protect property. Manslaughter is a killing that is unplanned and in the heat of the moment.  wsaz.com

Louisville KY: Security Officer Fatally Shoots Man Pointing a Gun at Him
A Kentucky security officer fatally shot a man in self-defense after the man pointed a gun at him and his partner in a threatening manner. The owner of a Frankfort Avenue business said a security guard was acting in self-defense, no doubt about it. According to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office, 30-year-old Christopher Mayes died at the scene of the shooting at 3 a.m. outside The Fox Den Billiards, Bites and Brews at 3814 Frankfort Ave.  In a written statement, Jared Fox Matthews, who owns the business, said Mayes "had been physically and verbally abusive to his (partner), began to threaten her, other patrons, and our staff, and was threatening to retrieve a firearm from his car with the stated intent of causing harm to everyone on property." The couple was asked to leave, according to Matthews' statement, but Mayes "proceeded to physically assault his (partner) in the parking lot of the property until she came to the entrance of our building. She proceeded to hide behind the security guard, at which time the individual in question approached the entrance of the building and drew his firearm." That's when Matthews said the "security officer was forced to respond immediately to this imminent threat, acting in self-defense." He said the shooting "does not in any way reflect who we are." Noting that there has never been a shooting at or near his business in the past, Matthews called the shooting an "unfortunate, isolated incident" and said his prayers go out to everyone involved. Louisville-Metro Police has not said if anyone is expected to be arrested in the shooting, only that all parties are accounted for and that an investigation is underway.  wlky.com

Monroe, NC: Teen arrested in deadly Monroe convenience store parking lot
Police announced they have arrested a 15-year-old accused of killing a man at a Monroe convenience store parking lot. The teen is in custody as of Wednesday morning and being transferred to a juvenile justice facility, according to Monroe Police. Investigators said they are seeking a charge of first-degree murder, among other charges. The teen's charges stem from the weekend killing of 24-year-old Luiz Lopez-Garcia in a convenience store parking lot off Walkup Avenue.  wbtv.com

Dallas, TX: Update: 2 arrests made in deadly shooting of Dallas Security Guard
Police say they have arrested two men accused of shooting and killing a security guard in Old East Dallas. 24-year-old Francisco Montez and 21-year-old Genaro Rivera have been charged with capital murder in the shooting of David Ruback on Sept. 1. Montez's arrest was announced Wednesday morning. Rivera's was announced hours later on Wednesday afternoon. Surveillance footage released by Dallas police last month shows a white sedan with two masked suspects inside pull up outside Big Jim's Check Cashing Store on Carroll Avenue. Ruback, 52, was standing at the back of a van getting ready to deliver cash to the store. The video shows both suspects dressed in all black hop out of the car, the passenger has a rifle. The shooting happens outside of the camera's view, but it does show a gunman running off with a bag of cash. Ruback worked as a security guard at Gardaworld for more than 20 years fox4news.com

Daly City, CA: C-Store Owner charged with shooting teen robber
A Daly City store owner is facing attempted murder charges filed by prosecutors who say he shot a robber in the neck while the robber was trying to make a getaway from the store. Rocky David Eid, 51, of Daly City, appeared in a San Mateo County courtroom on Wednesday for the first day of his preliminary hearing. Eid is the owner of Sun Valley Dairy Market on Schwerin Street. The incident happened on June 20 at 12:30 p.m. while Eid was working behind the market's front counter. "Two young men walked in with fanny packs and ski masks," the District Attorney's Office wrote. One of the robbers told Eid, don't move or "I'll smoke you." A robber ripped a Rolex watch from Eid's wrist before the duo ran out of the store. The store owner then grabbed a semi-automatic handgun from under the counter, walked out of the store, and fired eight shots at the "two fleeing robbers," the DA's Office wrote. One of the robbers, a 19-year-old San Francisco man, was struck by bullets in the neck and shoulder while he was 100 feet away from Eid, according to prosecutors. The two robbers continued fleeing, jumped into a car driven by an accomplice, and drove off, prosecutors said. The injured teenager showed up at San Francisco General Hospital where he was treated for gunshot wounds. The DA's Office wrote that Eid later told police, "He did not see any weapons with the robbers but was worried they might return, and wanted to scare them away." The entire robbery and shooting was recorded by surveillance video cameras. During their investigation, police were unable to identify the uninjured robber, nor the getaway driver. Eid is a convicted felon who cannot lawfully possess a firearm, according to the DA's Office kron4.com

Memphis, TN: Man fired up over Facebook post fires shots at North Memphis store
Memphis Police say a man who became fired up over a Facebook post opened fire at a North Memphis store Tuesday night. Detectives were called to the Chelsea Express convenience store at the corner of Chelsea Avenue and May Street, where the attack is said to have happened in front of customers, clerks and cameras. Investigators said a man upset over a Facebook post shot the man who made the post. According to a police report, detectives were able to retrieve the video, but the alleged gunman remains on the run. The victim is expected to be okay. According to those who live in the area, the corner convenience store is once more at the center of a criminal investigation. In July, there was another shooting at the store.  wreg.com

Sarasota, FL: 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide shooting at Sarasota vet clinic; believed the shooter is a former employee

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Atlanta, GA: FBI seeks public help to locate suspect in Georgia armored truck robberies
The FBI's Atlanta Field Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating Demarco Johnson, who is wanted for his alleged role in two armored truck robberies earlier this year. A federal arrest warrant was issued on August 23rd for Johnson's alleged participation in an armored truck robbery in Tucker, Georgia on February 6th and another in Snellville on March 20th. He is facing charges of Conspiracy to Commit Hobbs Act Robbery, Hobbs Act Robbery, and Possession of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence. Johnson is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is asked not to approach him and to contact law enforcement immediately.  wgxa.tv

Kansas City, MO: DOJ: KC Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robberies of Local Businesses
A Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to commit a series of armed robberies of local businesses in the summer of 2018, as well as an armed robbery in which a convenience store employee was beaten and fatally shot. Louis Candler, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 30 years in federal prison without parole.  justice.gov

Bakersfield, CA: Police searching for Advanced Auto Parts burglary suspect
Bakersfield police are in need of the community's help identifying a woman who was allegedly involved in a commercial burglary at Advanced Auto Parts on Oct. 11, according to police. Officers said the suspect forced her way into the Advanced Auto Parts store located at 2411 F Street around 6 a.m. and allegedly stole merchandise.  kget.com

Colorado Springs, CO: New card skimmer tactics found on southern Colorado gas pumps and ATM machines
Financial crime investigators tell News5 card skimmer devices are being discovered on gas pumps and even installed on some ATM machines inside of businesses in Colorado Springs. "I try to check about once a week just to make sure there's nothing crazy out there. I've had my card swiped before," said Nico Fano. "I think this year we found about seven or eight at gas stations around town over the course of the year," said Lt. Owne Scott of the Colorado Springs Police Department. He says the gas stations where the card skimmers turn up is constantly changing, but the way consumers are targeted is often the same.  koaa.com

Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic: Armed robbers target Tigers' Dominican complex in latest robbery of MLB facility in the country
The Detroit Tigers complex in the Dominican Republic was targeted Wednesday in the latest robbery of a Major League Baseball facility in the country, police said. One man was apprehended and police are searching for four others who entered the complex with guns, restrained the security guard and went to the players' rooms to steal valuables and cash, Dominican Police spokesman Diego Pesqueira told The Associated Press. The robbery happened days after the St. Louis Cardinals complex in the country was hit. The facilities of the Miami Marlins and Cleveland Guardians were also robbed recently, a person familiar with the robberies told the AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to disclose the details publicly. Nobody was hurt in the Tigers' and Cardinals' robberies, authorities said.  counton2.com

Memphis, TN: Employee accused of stealing $25K from Wolfchase Galleria store

Chicago car thefts continue to surge, as recoveries drop and most thefts remain unsolved



Auto - Bakersfield, CA - Burglary
Best Buy - Lincoln, NE - Robbery
C-Store -Kingstree, SC - Burglary
Cellphone - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
GameStop - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Robbery / Sup killed
Gaming - Columbus, OH - Burglary
Grocery - Palo Alto, CA - Robbery
Gucci - Palm Desert, CA - Robbery
Hardware - Brazos County, TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Deptford, NJ - Burglary
Jewelry - Simpsonville, KY - Robbery
Jewelry - Waldorf MD - Robbery
Pharmacy - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Sunglass Hut - Corte Madera, CA - Burglary
Vape - Grand Island, NE - Burglary
Walmart - Washington City, UT - Robbery                               


Daily Totals:
• 8 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed

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