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TOMORROW is NRF's Fight Retail Crime Day

The retail industry will come together on Fight Retail Crime Day, an annual event to advocate for effective solutions to combat organized retail crime (ORC).

The surge of theft and violence associated with ORC has racked up over $112 billion in losses for retailers and has a broader impact on the safety of store employees and customers.

Join NRF on Oct. 26 for Fight Retail Crime Day to:

• Advocate for policies that promote community safety and address rising retail crime such as the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act (CORCA).

• Connect with leading policymakers to help drive change and call for action.

• Activate the retail community to spread awareness and recognize lawmakers who support retail as Retail Crime Fighters.

Learn more about TOMORROW's day of action at nrf.com/FightRetailCrimeDay.

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The Job Of Security Director Is Expanding: How Does It Impact Technology?

An organization's security director manages a staff of security personnel, implements and enforces security policies and procedures, and generally ensures the safety of personnel and visitors to the organization's premises. Over the years, the role of security director has expanded to include new disciplines such as cybersecurity. More and more, security directors are also taking a "seat at the table" as integral and critical members of a company's management team. We asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable:
How is the job of "security director" expanding, and what is the impact on technology?

Kyle Hurt - Area Vice-President of Sales, USA & Canada, Genetec, Inc.

The digital transformation and evolution of the physical security industry is accelerating. Cybersecurity, cloud migration, AI, machine learning, and analytics have become an integral part of the physical security ecosystem. As a result, the role of the physical security director is fundamentally changing. Physical security pioneers are not only responsible for implementing measures to protect infrastructure and assets but also help with their organization's strategic transformation. To support this need, the technology they use is also evolving. The path forward is a unified platform that improves resiliency and provides actionable insights. Teams can leverage a unified platform to streamline the flow of information from multiple systems, sensors, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. They can break down silos and enhance operations across a wide range of activities.

Read more here

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Retailers, Prosecutors Unite to Fight Retail Crime

Washington, DC - October 25, 2023 -- Via an initiative led by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), district attorneys from across the U.S. are meeting with local retailers to address organized retail crime, habitual theft, and its impact on employees and communities.

Since its debut in September, National Store Walk Month has paired retailers with district attorneys' offices for 80 store walks to discuss shared challenges and solutions to tackling retail crime and violence. Local prosecutors and retail management teams exchanged insights, shared best practices, and identified opportunities to work collaboratively to combat crime. Demand to participate was so strong among DAs' offices and retailers that the project has been extended through November. As of today, RILA member retailers have hosted 80 store walks as part of this ground-breaking initiative.

"Ulta Beauty strongly believes in the power of partnerships and by working together, we know we can positively impact the communities we serve," says Julie Giblin, vice president loss prevention, Ulta Beauty. "As organized retail crime continues, retailers must work together with DA Offices, law enforcement, landlords, other retailers, solution providers and industry organizations to share learnings and insights to create change and progress. We appreciate the various District Attorneys for taking the time to engage with our loss prevention and store associates, learn about our crime mitigation strategies and discuss best practices that can aid criminal case prosecutions."

"Since 2002 The Home Depot has welcomed elected officials and local law enforcement for store walks to showcase the work of our associates. As issues like organized retail crime continue to grow, we are proud to partner with RILA and other retailers during National Store Walk Month to meet with prosecutors in our local communities and build relationships that will directly support our efforts to keep our stores, customers, associates, and communities safe," said Scott Glenn, vice president of asset protection, The Home Depot.

"Retailers are committed to doing everything they can to tackle retail crime and its impact on communities. It's a complex issue that requires a multifaceted, strategic response. Building relationships and collaborating with local prosecutors is just one, albeit very important component to that response," said RILA Sr. EVP of Retail Operations Lisa LaBruno. "We're thrilled that such a large group of prosecutors serving cities and towns large and small signed up to participate and share in our commitment to keeping communities safe."

   Read the full press release here.

   See the RILA, NDAA 'National Store Walk Month' Initiative in Action here.

34 States Have Passed ORC Laws - But Federal Push Continues
Retail crime's relentless surge torments US retailers

Retail theft on a large scale, driven by the intent to resell stolen items for profit, remains an escalating worry for US retailers.

Retail crime, violence and theft are causing significant challenges for businesses across the US. These issues are not sparing any retailers, impacting businesses of all sizes and in various locations. A recent report highlights the alarming trends in retail security.

Heightened violence and aggression in retail crime

An alarming 88% of retailers report that shoplifters have become more aggressive and violent over the past year. Even more concerning is that retailers who track violent shoplifting incidents saw a 35% increase on average.

Organised retail crime (ORC), a significant type of retail theft, is also experiencing heightened violence. Last year, 81% of respondents reported that ORC offenders had become more violent and this year, 67% reported even greater violence and aggression from ORC perpetrators compared to the previous year.

Diverse forms of retail crime

Not all retail crime occurs in person; retailers are also grappling with a surge in e-commerce fraud and phone scams targeting gift cards or cash. Though less common, there are also reports of increases in delivery fraud, the sale of stolen goods on third-party sites, return fraud and loyalty fraud and abuse.

Legislative and advocacy measures

NRF also strongly supports the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act, a bipartisan legislation introduced in both the House and Senate to combat ORC. Additionally, NRF has worked with federal agencies, state lawmakers, local law enforcement and the media to raise awareness about ORC, leading to the passage of ORC laws in at least 34 states.

NRF continues to encourage more states to update ORC definitions and impose appropriate criminal penalties. retail-insight-network.com

ORC Kingpins Can Pocket $500K Annually
Criminals making millions from running organized retail crime rings
When people think about organized crime, names like Al Capone, Frank Costello and Joe Colombo come to mind. However, brazen mobs plundering stores is the organized crime that is plaguing retailers nationwide.

"A relatively smart criminal can make $200,000 a year or more in cash just by selling what that person steals from one store every day," Burt Flickinger, a top consultant in retail and managing director of Strategic Resource Group, said. "Or if that person steals from a few to five stores every day, that person could net close to half a million or more on an annual basis from store crime and street resale."

Executives are sounding the alarm on organized retail crime, with mentions of "shrink" in second-quarter earnings calls - nearly double what they were the quarter before and four times what it was one year ago, according to a Bloomberg analysis of Russell 3000 companies.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) says shrink is a $112 billion problem in fiscal year 2022, up significantly over the past decade. However, when looking at the percentage of total retail sales, 2022's 1.6% is in line with 2019 and 2020.

More than two-thirds of responding retailers told the NRF these criminals are more violent than one year ago. Target claims that violence is the reason it is closing nine stores across New York, Seattle, Portland and the San Francisco area. san.com

Retail Criminals Taking Advantage of Felony Thresholds
Organized retail crime: A 'revolving door of no consequences' for criminals

Retailers around the country report that they are losing tens of billions of dollars a year to organized retail crime.

"It's like a wildfire burning out of control with no easy way to stop it," said Burt Flickinger, managing director of Strategic Resource Group and a top consultant in retail. "The communities want the criminals to have consequences and be arrested." But in many cases, that's not what's happening.

People in the organized retail crime business are very aware of the threshold between petty and grand larceny. In California, petty theft is under $950 in stolen goods. In New York, it's under $1,000.

How organized retail crime rings work

"Boosters" are the ones who steal the merchandise, sometimes hitting several stores a day. Then "fences" buy the product off boosters for a fraction of the retail price before turning around and selling to the public. Fences range in sophistication from low-level street resale at swap meets to e-fencing on Amazon and eBay.

Revolving door of crime

Despite this crackdown, New York City Mayor Adams and the NYPD said the city's criminal justice system is a revolving door of no consequences. In a press conference last year, they highlighted the city's top 10 repeat offenders, including this one they called "Recidivist No. 1."

New York doesn't even top the list. It ranks fourth among the top cities facing organized retail crime, according to the National Retail Federation.

In Seattle, a city audit said police are aware of at least four major fencing operations where they sell stolen goods online, but police staffing constraints are hurting their ability to investigate and pursue, forcing them to prioritize violent crimes over organized retail crime.  san.com

69% of Retailers Don't Have ORC Prevention Departments
And retailers pulling back on self-checkout are seeing huge sales boosts

Retail Theft is a Growing Problem - Can the Tide Be Turned?
Retailers would do well to address their challenges head-on, as data from the NRF's 2022 National Retail Security Survey revealed that 69% of retailers in the U.S don't currently have organized retail crime prevention departments.

Testing the hypothesis that self-service kiosks lead to more theft, Walmart removed self-checkout lanes from three stores in New Mexico, reported Business Insider.

"Self-checkout is a huge source of loss," Brian Brinkman told The Food Institute. As chief product officer at Agilence - a loss prevention analytics provider - Brinkman added:

"What we're seeing with our customers is that many are starting to wind back self-checkout and are seeing sales increase by as much as 30%."

Data analytics, when used in tandem with traditional security measures, can offer robust solutions for retailers trying to fortify their theft prevention departments. Brinkmann insisted on the need to connect multiple data sources, from inventory to POS and camera systems, to provide a comprehensive loss prevention strategy. Machine learning is also beginning to play a pivotal role in proactively identifying patterns and alerting stakeholders.

The enemy within

While flash mob smash and grabs draw more media attention, internal theft is also a significant source of shrink loss. According to NRF data, 29% of shrinkage is the result of pilfering at the hands of retailers' own employees.

In a clear sign of desperate times begetting desperate measures, Rite Aid's chief revenue officer reported during a recent earnings call that the chain was looking at "literally putting everything behind showcases." foodinstitute.com

4th time Daily has reported on stores being used as fronts for Cartels since 2010
With LA's Fashion District stores being the largest ever and 2nd time using cell phone stores.

Cartels Using Three Cell Phone Stores in Columbus to Launder $44 Million - 44 Suspects Prosecuted
DOJ: New defendant pleads guilty in conspiracy involving $44M in drug proceeds laundered to Mexico through local cell phone store fronts

Sounds like the Fed's waited to take down the ring leader at the end.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A ninth federal defendant pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to money laundering and conspiring to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. The defendant orchestrated teams of drug dealers in central Ohio and laundered the proceeds to Mexico.

In the fall of 2020 and spring 2021, eight original, federal defendants were sentenced to prison for the same conspiracy, in which they laundered $44 million in drug proceeds to Mexico through local cell phone store fronts. The stores sold few, if any, cell phones, and they conducted little, if any, legitimate business otherwise. The defendants received sentences ranging from five to 18 years in prison.

In his guilty plea today, Cruz Alberto Perez-Nunez, 36, admitted to being a drug trafficker and regular "customer" of the cell phone store fronts who laundered his drug proceeds from Columbus to Nayarit, Mexico.

Perez-Nunez oversaw the narcotics-distribution operation of multiple teams of drug dealers in the Southern District of Ohio. In 2018, he oversaw the supply chain of heroin and directed and controlled drug-trafficking and money-laundering activities of individuals in and around Columbus and even set up living arrangements for some dealers.

Perez-Nunez and others coordinated with the owners of Los Rosales on Shady Lane Road, Los Rosales 2 on East Main Street and Express Cellular on Eastland Square Drive to send bulk money transfers to lists of names in Mexico. Drug dealers from multiple narcotics-trafficking cells would drop large amounts of narcotics money at the stores, after which the store owners would falsify money sender names, addresses and phone numbers on the wire transfers to Mexico to conceal the nature of the proceeds.

In total, the joint state-federal efforts led to the prosecution of nine defendants federally and 35 defendants by the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office. justice.gov

Editor's Note: They probably controlled Columbus's narcotics trade entirely. The reason this article is important to post is because this feeds the criminal activity of those addicted. Which in turn fuels a significant portion of the ORC in the market. And by now it's safe to assume the main controlling group has been replaced. Follow the drugs and you'll find ORC.

Maine has the nation's lowest violent crime rate, as hate crimes continue to stay high
Hate crimes in 2022 were at their second highest in a decade. Homicides also increased from 2021 to 2022, while Maine's overall violent crime rate is still low.

Dallas murders are up, but violent crimes are down, FBI data shows

3 California cities in top 10 for areas affected by organized retail crime

Video: A look at new tech tools that aim to protect retailers from theft



Empty Store Spaces Declining
Available retail space hits 18-year low

Expanding brands are now contending with the biggest seller's market in retail real estate in nearly 20 years

CBRE's latest U.S. Retail Report states that a 10-basis-point decline in open retail space during the third quarter sent its availability rate down to 4.8% in the third quarter-the lowest it's been since the company started tracking the market in 2005.

Net absorption increased by 34% to 9.8 million sq. ft. quarter-over-quarter, with CBRE's "street retail, freestanding & other" segment posting the highest rise in occupied space of 4.3 million sq. ft. The "power center" and "lifestyle & mall" segments turned positive in the third quarter after both recorded negative net absorption in Q2.

The nature of those positive results, however, reveal just how hard empty store spaces are to come by these days. Total net absorption in Q3 was just 52% of the 10-year quarterly average of 18.9 million sq. ft.

Some good news for retailers is that asking rent growth fell to just 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. And quarter-over-quarter rent growth fell to below the 0.5% level for the first time since 2020. chainstoreage.com

New Retail Wage & Hour Requirements in CA 
Wage, hour laws on the rise in California
One such challenge is the City of Los Angeles' Fair Work Week Ordinance, requiring large retail employers in Los Angeles to provide employees with a "good faith estimate" of their future work schedules, at least 10 hours of rest between shifts and at least 14 days advance notice of their work schedules.

Since the regulation's 180-day grace period expired and enforcement began Sept. 28, 2023, Dunn urged retailers to be aware that each day a violation exists constitutes a separate violation and administrative fees increase by 50% if another offense occurs within three years.

Moving from scheduling rules to vacation pay rules, Dunn said employers are currently required to provide at least 24 hours (three days) of paid sick leave each year to most workers, including full-time, part-time and temporary workers who meet certain qualifications.

In addition, the California legislature recently passed a bill to expand paid sick leave to 40 hours (five days) per year. If signed by Governor Newsom, the law will become effective Jan. 1, 2024. chainstoreage.com

ISCPO Announces Flock Safety as a Preferred Vendor Partner
Dallas, Texas (October 23, 2023) - The International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) proudly announces the exciting addition of Flock Safety as a preferred vendor partner. With the ever-accelerating speed of business in the supply chain industry, ISCPO members rely on various vendors to provide cutting-edge tools, technology, and services that optimize their departments and streamline the flow of goods. Driven by its commitment to continuous improvement, ISCPO is dedicated to expanding its array of vendor solutions, harnessing emerging technologies, and staying at the forefront of industry best practices. The partnership with Flock Safety as a preferred vendor helps our members with customized, unique safety solutions for businesses of all types and sizes. These solutions are all powered by state-of-the-art license plate recognition (LPR) technology, focused on protecting assets, employees, and customers. iscpo.org

Pret A Manger to add 250 U.S. stores by 2029

Chevron to buy Hess in $53B deal

Hello Bello files for bankruptcy amid supply chain setbacks

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The Sr. Manager, Asset Protection owns Asset Protection of Atlanta facilities with direct report responsibility to the Director, NA Asset Protection Supply Chain. Develops and implements programs to ensure physical security systems; procedures and policies are effective in protecting Luxottica associates and merchandise. careers.essilorluxottica.com


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Interface Shares Best Practices to
Fight Retail Crime

Interface joins Fight Retail Crime Day of Action to support the retail industry's initiatives against rising crime.

St. Louis, MO (October 24, 2023) -According to the National Retail Federation's (NRF) latest National Retail Security Survey, retail crime represented $112.1 billion in losses in 2022. To bring attention to this crucial issue, October 26 has been designated as 'Fight Retail Crime Day'. In support of the NRF's initiative, Interface Systems offers retailers best practices to fight retail crime.

As retail crime continues to evolve in scope and sophistication, so do retailers' prevention efforts. When asked about resource allocation to address today's risks, over half (53%) of NRF survey respondents said they have increased their technology and software solution budgets in the past year.

"Retailers are piloting and implementing a number of loss prevention practices to deter, prevent, and mitigate these substantial losses," Loss Prevention Research Council Director Read Hayes said. "In addition to enhancing traditional security measures, many are also allocating resources to innovative emerging technologies for future prevention."

Virtual Security Guards to protect premises

Retailers can rely on remote security professionals who utilize security cameras, speakers, and microphones installed at the stores to offer discreet, always-on surveillance without putting store associates at risk. These services allow trained security professionals to identify threats such as argumentative customers, loiterers at the store's perimeter, or those intent on committing theft. Should a security event happen, they can issue an immediate audio warning, interact directly with store employees to guide them or call law enforcement. The support of virtual guard services can ensure rapid response and boost employee morale without negatively affecting the customer experience or cutting into operating margins.

AI-enabled cameras to proactively identify threats

The key to minimizing loss or ensuring recovery is accurate and real-time detection of security events such as theft or burglary. While intrusion alarms with video verification work well, AI-enabled cameras can become powerful assets in minimizing loss by triggering real-time alerts.

Intelligent Automated Voice-Down systems to deter crime

Autonomous voice-down systems have the capability to proactively deter loitering, vandalism, or other undesirable activities. These voice-down announcements can include messages such as "Attention, loitering is strictly prohibited in this area" or "This store is equipped with advanced surveillance systems. Think twice before committing a crime." Voice-downs serve to establish a continuous security presence, thereby increasing the perceived risk for criminals.

Read the Full Press Release Here







In Case You Missed It

Cybersecurity Month: Are you cyber secure?
Five dead simple things you should do to improve cybersecurity

OpenEye Web Services cloud-based user management, role-based user groups, remote software updates, and security policies make it easier to employ best practice security measures and ensure network security.

Whether you are using OpenEye Web Services or a competing solution make sure you are following these five security best practices to secure your recorder and protect your network:

1. Enable Multifactor Authentication -  By verifying your identity with a second layer of security you are protecting your business against the leading cause of data breach - compromised credentials. Read more about MFA

2. Don't use shared account credentials - When account credentials are shared there is no way to know which user is accessing the system and when an employee leaves the company their access cannot be revoked.

3. Change the default username and password - If you don't change the default credentials you are making it easy for hackers to access your systems. OpenEye cameras and recorders automatically assign or require users to create a new password at set up.

4. Check for software updates - Check all of the software on your systems regularly to make sure that you have the latest version. Neglecting to install software updates leaves you vulnerable to hackers and inefficient systems.

5. Set up user permission levels - When you create a new user, determine the level of access that they need to fulfill their tasks. If an individual user's credentials are compromised the higher their access level the higher your exposure. openeye.net

Hundreds of Millions of Users Have Accounts Taken Over
'Log in with...' Feature Allows Full Online Account Takeover for Millions

Hundreds of millions of users of Grammarly, Vidio, and the Indonesian e-commerce giant Bukalapak are at risk for financial fraud and credential theft due to OAuth misfires - and other online services likely have the same problems.

AdvertisementFlaws in the implementation of the Open Authorization (OAuth) standard across three prominent online services could have allowed attackers to take over hundreds of millions of user accounts on dozens of websites, exposing people to credential theft, financial fraud, and other cybercriminal activity.

Researchers from Salt Labs discovered critical
API misconfigurations on the sites of several online companies - artificial intelligence (AI)-powered writing tool Grammarly, online streaming platform Vidio, and Indonesian e-commerce site Bukalapak - that lead them to believe that dozens of other sites are likely compromised in the same way, they revealed in a report published Oct. 24.

OAuth is a widely implemented standard for allowing for cross-platform authentication, familiar to most as the option to log in to an online site with another social media account, such as "Log in with Facebook" or "Log in with Google."

The recently-discovered implementation flaws are among a series of issues in OAuth that the researchers have discovered in recent months,
stretching across prominent online platforms that put users at risk. Salt researchers already had discovered similar OAuth flaws in the Booking.com website and Expo - an open source framework for developing native mobile apps for iOS, Android, and other Web platforms using a single codebase - that could have allowed account takeover and full visibility into user personal or payment-card data. The Booking.com flaw also could have allowed log-in access to the website's sister platform, Kayak.com. darkreading.com

Ransomware Actors Using AI to Scale Operations
Bracing for AI-enabled ransomware and cyber extortion attacks
As businesses scramble to take the lead in operationalizing AI-enabled interfaces,
ransomware actors will use it to scale their operations, widen their profit margins, and increase their likelihood of pulling off successful attacks. As a result, an already sophisticated business model of encryption-less extortion will further benefit from AI advancements, exacerbating the threat to both public and private organizations.

We are facing a future where the same technologies we've recently come to use to direct help desk inquiries or help reserve a table at a restaurant may be
used by ransomware groups to improve their social engineering tactics and technical skills.

In a dark parody of legitimate organizations, in the coming years ransomware groups may
use chatbots and other AI-enabled tools to:

• Use AI voice cloning for voice-based phishing (a.k.a., vishing) attacks to impersonate employees to gain privileged access

• Tailor email-based phishing attacks with native language accuracy in multiple languages

• Discover and identify zero-day vulnerabilities that can be leveraged for initial access

• Reduce the time required to develop malicious code and lower the bar for entry

When AI-enabled capabilities are coupled with potent malware, we should
expect cybercriminals to double down on ransomware as a means of generating revenue rather than abandoning it in favor of something new. helpnetsecurity.com

'Significant Legal Challenge' to Meta
Meta sued by 42 attorneys general alleging Facebook, Instagram features are addictive and target kids

A bipartisan group of 42 attorneys general is suing Meta, alleging features on Facebook and Instagram are addictive and are aimed at kids and teens.

A bipartisan group of 42 attorneys general is suing Meta, alleging that
features on its Facebook and Instagram social media platforms are addictive and are aimed at kids and teens, the group announced Tuesday. The support from so many state attorneys general of different political backgrounds indicates a significant legal challenge to Meta's business.

Meta is now facing multiple lawsuits on this issue in several districts. Attorneys general from 33 states filed a federal suit against Meta in the Northern District of California, while nine additional attorneys general are filing in their own states, according to a press release from New York Attorney General Letitia James' office. Besides New York, the states that filed the federal suit include California, Colorado, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Washington and Wisconsin.

The lawsuits are another demonstration of the
bipartisan priority state law enforcers have placed on protecting kids and teens from online harm. cnbc.com

Today's CIO has ambitions well beyond IT delivery

1Password also affected by Okta Support System breach







Amazon Managers in 'Impossible Position' Over Return to Work
Washington Post Analysis: Amazon Managers Should Manage More, Take Attendance Less
Amazon.com Inc. has gotten serious about its return-to-office policy, according to Business Insider, encouraging managers to confront and even fire employees who don't come in at least three days every week.

This puts middle managers at
Amazon, long known for its "churn and burn" approach to managing its workforce, in an impossible position. Sack people who aren't coming in - but who might be doing a very good job from home and could be difficult to replace - or risk their own futures if they don't boost attendance rates.

Amazon is making a mistake with this approach. If there's anything the last three years have shown us, it's that
we shouldn't need to have eyes on each other to do good work.

attendance at US offices hasn't meaningfully increased over the past year, tension has, with a recent Gartner survey finding that most leaders are seeing "increased inter-team conflict" resulting from RTO mandates.

The cause of this conflict: There's still broad disagreement about whether remote workers are as productive. The workers themselves say yes:
86% claim they're equally or more productive at home, compared with only 14% who said they were less productive, according to a recent survey led by Stanford University economist Nicholas Bloom.

Many HR managers and senior leaders see it differently. In a recent survey conducted by McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.org,
83% of remote employees said WFH made them more efficient and productive; but just 52% of HR leaders agreed.

The bottom line is that
many senior leaders believe employees perform better in person - even if those employees don't realize it. washingtonpost.com

Amazon's 'Flawed Meritocracy'
'The Insidious Sexism at Amazon'

Former Amazon employee Kristi Coulter's new memoir, Exit Interview, explores the deeply flawed "meritocracy" at the behemoth company.

It's a culture based on this idea of meritocracy, which has been picked apart a lot in the last few years, especially by thinkers of color.
The problem with meritocracy is, at Amazon, it was treated as though it were a natural system that just exists, without being created by humans.

The idea was, Well, if women were qualified for these jobs or wanted these jobs, they would just rise into them. They would just take them. So, everyone's kind of allowed to fool themselves into thinking this is how things are supposed to be. Most of the men that I worked with at Amazon were certainly not overtly sexist, and I have a feeling that they pride themselves on not being sexist internally, either. They are able to keep thinking that way because this idea of meritocracy keeps spinning and spinning and making everyone think that this is the way that the world is meant to be. It's very hard to interrupt that. You can get in front of someone who's being a sexist jerk and say, "Hey, here's the five things you did that are really offensive," but it's
very tough to convince someone with really good intentions that he's not thinking of women as full people. I don't know how to do it. slate.com

Amazon Reveals New MK30 Delivery Drone

Marqeta Unveils Enhanced Credit Card Issuing Platform








Hitting Stores One Hour Before Closing
DOJ: LA County Robbery Crew (Trio) Arrested - 10 Pharmacy Armed Robberies in Six-Weeks
LOS ANGELES - Two South Bay men and one Harbor-area woman are expected to appear today in federal court after being charged in a complaint with allegedly committing 10 armed robberies of chain pharmacy stores over a six-week span, sometimes assaulting and injuring their victims.

- Makai Yusef Sanders, 22, of Hawthorne;
- Kenyatta Kamar Jones, 22, of Hawthorne; and
- Diavion Deshawna Mouton, 22, of Carson.

According to an affidavit filed with the complaint, the defendants committed 10 armed robberies from August 9 to September 19 of Rite Aid and Walgreens stores in Long Beach, Bellflower, South Los Angeles, Pasadena, Whittier, Lakewood, Monterey Park, Burbank, and Glendale. Mouton allegedly served as the driver while Sanders and Jones allegedly robbed the stores, typically one hour before closing, used handguns, stole victims' cellphones, then went to the stores' staffing offices and took money from their safes. justice.gov

Phoenix, AZ: Defendant accused of stealing $11,000 of items from Valley Sephora, Ulta cosmetic stores
A defendant faces a slew of felony charges for allegedly stealing more than $11,000 worth of products from Valley cosmetics shops over an 15-month period, authorities said. Yosvany Maza Portilla, 34, was indicted Aug. 23 on 19 counts of organized retail theft plus a 20th count of the same charge on Oct. 13. Each charge is a class 4 felony. The first indictment covers alleged thefts that occurred between May 19, 2022, and Aug. 15, 2023. The second indictment covers an incident from Aug. 27, after the first batch of charges was handed down. Each count alleges that Portilla stole items from a Sephora or Ulta store with the intent to sell them. "These thefts occurred on many different dates with different retailers and involved merchandise valued at more than $11,500,"
Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said in a press release. "I applaud the leaders at Ulta and Sephora for calling the police and supporting this prosecution."  ktar.com

Oakbrook, IL: Two men caught accused of stealing clothes from Macy's
Two men who officials said stole more than $1,700 worth of merchandise from the Macy's at Oakbrook Center mall on Monday have been charged with felony counts of burglary and theft. 

New Hartford, NY: Thief changes clothes during pursuit, still gets arrested after incident at Lowe's
A local man whom police say changed clothes while running from cops was still apprehended by New Hartford Police and now faces felony charges. Police say the 18-year-old Utica man was suspected of stealing approximately $1,200 worth of merchandise from the Lowe's in New Hartford. Loss prevention officers say they tried to stop Anjeloh Delrio but he ran off on foot toward the New Hartford American Legion. When cops responded, they say Delrio ran off again, attempting to hide behind businesses along Clinton Street and Commercial Drive. They say the alleged thief also went so far as to change clothes while trying to get in away in an effort to disguise himself. 

Richmond County, GA: Pair sought after theft of $2,600 in sunglasses at Augusta Mall


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

Robbery Crew Shoots Police Officer & Robs Multiple Locations & High Speed Chase
DOJ: Columbus man pleads guilty to crimes related to armed robberies, I-70 shootout

Plea agreement recommends sentence of 20 to 30 years in prison

Faisal M. Darod, 23, pleaded guilty to all nine counts charged against him in a superseding indictment that was returned in September 2023. The crimes include aiding and abetting robberies and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm during the robberies.

His co-defendant, Aden Abdullahi Jama, 20, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Oct. 11.

The two central Ohio men were involved in the July 6 shooting of a Columbus police officer. Jama admitted in court today to participating in related crimes on July 5 and July 6.

According to his plea agreement, on June 21, Darod aided in the robbery of a GameStop store on Hilliard-Rome Road in Hilliard. On July 3, Darod drove the other man to the Auto Gallery on Westerville Road in Minerva Park, where the man robbed the car dealership owner at gunpoint. The man stole a 2016 Corvette Stingray. On July 5, Darod arranged for Jama to pick up him and another individual after they robbed at gunpoint the Fifth Third Bank.

The next day, on July 6, Darod aided and abetted an armed robbery at Byers Imports in Whitehall. He and Jama drove a third individual to the car dealership to commit the robbery. justice.gov

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

DOJ: Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to the Armed Robbery of a Baltimore Jewelry Store
According to his guilty plea, on October 13, 2019,
Conner and three co-conspirators robbed a jewelry store in Baltimore. During the robbery, four masked men entered the store with guns. While three of the robbers held up the security guard at gunpoint, Conner used a hammer to smash a display case and steal several pieces of jewelry. Conner and his co-conspirators then fled the store, with one of the robbers firing a shot back toward the store. The robbers escaped in a waiting SUV. Another shot was fired from inside the vehicle, breaking the rear window and leaving glass in the parking lot.  justice.gov

San Francisco, CA: Suspected robbery crew arrested in Daly City
Three robbery suspects were arrested on multiple felony charges by the Daly City Police Department. The Daly City police responded to the 6100 block of Mission Street on Oct. 18 around 8:40 p.m. The officers located three suspects who had recently committed a robbery at a local retail store. The suspects had thousands of dollars in cash and two firearms in their possession. According to the police investigation, the suspects were tied to several other robberies in the Bay Area.  kron4.com

Brentwood, TN: Police investigating recent retail thefts
Smash and grab thefts are trending upward in Middle Tennessee. Shoplifters are targeting high end stores in Brentwood and police are working to control the incidents. Nordstrom Rack, Best Buy, and Home Depot are all among a growing list of retail stores Brentwood police said have been the targets of recent snatch and grabs. Last year, authorities responded to around 120 shoplifting incidents. With a couple of months still left in 2023, there have already been roughly 115 reports shoplifting incidents.  wkrn.com

Los Angeles, CA: 3 arrested in connection with armed robberies of 10 pharmacies across SoCal
Two South Bay men and one Harbor-area woman are expected to appear Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court to face charges of allegedly committing 10 armed robberies of Southland chain pharmacy stores over a six-week span, sometimes assaulting and injuring customers and employees. The defendants are charged with Hobbs Act robbery -- robbery affecting interstate commerce -- and using and carrying a firearm in a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The trio -- Makai Yusef Sanders, 22, of Hawthorne; Kenyatta Kamar Jones, 22, of Hawthorne; and Diavion Deshawna Mouton, 22, of Carson -- are expected to make their initial appearances Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles federal court.  foxla.com

Chicago, IL: Suspects use vehicles to break into River North business during smash-and-grab burglary
Chicago police say that five-to-six suspects used a pair of vehicles to smash through the front door of a River North business early Tuesday during a smash-and-grab burglary. According to authorities, the theft occurred in the 700 block of North Franklin just before 6 a.m. Tuesday. The suspects used two vehicles, a pickup truck and a white sedan, to break through the front of the building. The suspects then entered the business, stole an unspecified amount of merchandise, and fled the scene in the pickup truck. Police say the white sedan was left at the scene. No injuries were reported during the burglary, and Area Three detective are investigating.  nbcchicago.com

Paris, France: Paris footwear shop invited customers to steal - if they could outrun pro sprinter
A Paris store selling athleticwear let customers steal its merchandise under one condition: that they outrun a professional sprinter as they attempted to make off with the goods. For one day last month, Paris' Distance boutique - which has locations across Europe and in Africa - tagged its apparel "ROB IT TO GET IT" and tapped French Olympian Méba Mickael Zeze, who once ran the 100-meter dash in under 10 seconds, as a security guard. Distance shared the results of the PR stunt in a YouTube video that was earlier reported on by The Washington Post, where 74 patrons ran out of the shop with a pair of sneakers in hand, but were caught by Zeze. Only two customers got off with free items - one man and one woman who ran across an intersection just as the light at the crosswalk turned red. Lionel Jagorel, a Distance manager who opened the Paris store in 2019, said it was worth losing a few items in favor of the publicity.  nypost.com

Santa Anna, CA: O.C. man gets 7.5 years in prison for firearms crimes and a $1.2M check fraud scheme

Portland, OR: Couple accused in post office burglaries, armed robberies of mail carriers and marijuana dispensaries

Riverside County, CA: LA man arrested in connection with robberies at Palm Desert Gucci store

Lewiston, ID: C-Store employee charged with 8 counts of lottery theft; each charge is five years in prison as well as a $25,000 fine

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Philadelphia, PA: Theft of 2 million dimes from truckload of coins from US Mint leaves four facing federal charges
Federal authorities have released more details and unsealed charges in the theft of more than 2 million dimes earlier this year from a tractor-trailer that had picked up the coins from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. The truck driver was bound for Miami when he pulled into a parking lot to sleep on April 13. During the night, thieves made off with a portion of its cargo of $750,000 in dimes, a shipment weighing about six tons, authorities had said earlier. Thousands of coins were left scattered all over the lot in northeast Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that prosecutors contend that the theft - which they now say totaled $234,500 in stolen dimes - was part of a spree of robberies from tractor-trailers passing through the region that also netted the thieves frozen crab legs, shrimp, meat, beer and liquor. Detectives said at the time that surveillance video showed six men, dressed in gray hoodies and armed with bolt cutters, approaching the truck in the middle of the night and breaking into it, then loading the coins into smaller bags and into a waiting truck.  6abc.com



Adult - Evansville, IN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lewiston, ID - Robbery
C-Store -Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
Cleaner - West Hempstead, NY - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Oakbrook, IL - Robbery
Clothing - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Clothing - Evansville, IN - Burglary
Electronics - Brentwood, TN - Robbery
Eyewear - Richmond County, GA - Robbery
Hardware - Suffolk County, NY - Robbery
Hardware - New Hartford, NY - Robbery
Liquor - Port Henry, NY - Burglary
Nordstrom - Brentwood, TN - Robbery
Marijuana - Seattle, WA - Burglary
Jewelry - Henry County, VA - Armed Robbery
Target - Rocklin, CA - Robbery
Walmart - Hernando, MS - Robbery                                 


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• 13 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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