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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Some Cities See Major Drops in Shoplifting
What's fueling the drop - tougher laws, fewer stores?

St. Paul & Minneapolis report among largest decreases in shoplifting, study finds
new study of shoplifting in 24 cities (reported in the D&D Daily yesterday) found reports were up in the first half of this year compared to the same time in 2019, but St. Paul and Minneapolis were among the cities with the biggest drops in shoplifting reports.

The Council on Criminal Justice notes in its report released Tuesday that it doesn't examine possible reasons for the trends.

"Potential factors include changes in
retailers' anti-theft measures and changes in how retailers report shoplifting to law enforcement, which could be based on their perceptions of the extent to which local police or prosecutors will apprehend suspects and pursue criminal charges," the report says.

In St. Paul, for example,
some big-box stores that were open in 2019 no longer have stores in the city, including Walmart and T.J. Maxx.

"There are many factors that contribute to crime trends in St. Paul, and we are
encouraged that our numbers are down," said Alyssa Arcand, a St. Paul police spokeswoman.

"There have also been many changes as to what shopping looks like for our community. Businesses come and go, but
strategies by businesses to address theft are ever evolving. In the future, we will continue to work with our local retailers and business owners to ensure the safety and security of everyone who shops and works in St. Paul."

St. Petersburg marked the biggest decrease in reports at 78 percent, followed by St. Paul at 65 percent and Minneapolis at 57 percent.

Minnesota enacted a new law about organized retail theft - stealing to sell goods to other people - that took effect Aug. 1 and the Hennepin County attorney's office recently was the first in the state to bring charges under it. twincities.com

   RELATED: Crime wave: Here are the top U.S. cities where shoplifting has jumped

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New Retail Crime Task Force Activated in NYC
NYC plans new retail task force to fight shoplifting after 64% jump in thefts
The city is starting a new task force to tackle an epidemic of shoplifting, which has soared by 64% since 2019, Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday. The new team is led by Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Philip Banks and includes all five of the city's district attorneys as well as Attorney General Letitia James, Albany's top prosecutor, according to a press release.

The mayor's announcement came
five months after he rolled out a city retail theft strategy following a December Gracie Mansion summit with many of the same leaders included on the task force.

That powwow was held as city
businesses reeled from high profile smash-and-grab heists that proliferated nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic and brazen small-time shoplifters who were newly exempt bail due to the state's controversial 2019 bail reform law for non-violent offenders.

The announcement also came as the Council on Criminal Justice published a report that found
the city had led the nation in shoplifting increases since the year before the pandemic, edging out Los Angeles for the dubious distinction.

However, the report did note that
theft was down in the first half of 2023 in the five boroughs compared to the same time period last year, while burglaries in LA continued to rise.

The new task force
would advise the mayor on proposed laws to address the scourge and share intel between departments to better crack down on shoplifting trends, officials said.

"New York City's
retailers are the heart and soul of our city, and retail theft hurts everyone, from our mom-and-pop shops to large department stores - and especially consumers," said Adams.

"Because of the collaborative actions taken in the last few months between government, the private sector, law enforcement, and, most importantly, local businesses,
retail theft is down this year, but there is always more work to do," the Democrat continued. nypost.com

Deploying License Plate Readers to Crack Down on ORC
Mayor London Breed pushes to expedite approval for license plate readers
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has requested that the Board of Supervisors
expedite the approval process for installing 400 new automated license plate readers across the city.

Why it matters: The San Francisco Police Department is already approved to use the technology under a $17.3 million state grant for combating organized retail theft. But actual deployment could be held up under a local ordinance that requires a second round of city approval.

Details: The 2019 ordinance prevents deployment of certain technologies or adjustments to how they're used unless it clears additional hearings.

The big picture: While overall crime in San Francisco dropped between 2019 and 2022, SFPD data shows the city experienced a 42% increase in car thefts.

The trend was recorded in other major cities throughout the country, but San Francisco in particular has faced criticism as
restaurant and store closures increased due to concern over crime.

Installing a network of license readers would be a game-changer, according to police chief Bill Scott, allowing the SFPD to more easily identify vehicles and those suspected in serial crimes like retail theft, auto burglaries, vehicle theft and catalytic converter theft.

Of note: Breed has announced a public safety ballot measure that would allow police to bypass the city's current approval process during pilot periods of certain types of surveillance equipment, such as drones, for up to one year. axios.com

UK's Retail Association Calls Out the King on "Retail Crime Soaring"
UK: BRC urges government to freeze business rates and tackle rising retail crime
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has called on the government to prioritise the concerns of the retail sector, in response to the speech made by King Charles III yesterday.

On Tuesday, 7 November, King Charles gave his first King's Speech as monarch, which
outlined the government's priorities for the year ahead.

BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson offered her comment on the government's response to inflation: "We welcome the Government's pledge, within the King's Speech, to 'continue to take action to bring down inflation, to ease the cost of living for families, and help businesses fund new jobs and investment'

In the face of rising retail crime, Dickinson added: "At a time when retail crime is soaring, with daily news headlines on the violence and abuse of our nation's shopkeepers and organized shoplifting from our stores, we need action. The industry has been loud and clear on the urgent need for a standalone offence for assaulting or abusing a retail worker, sending a clear signal that such behavior will not be tolerated. It would also require police forces to record all incidents of retail crime, allowing for better allocation of resources to the issue.

Sadly, while today's speech promised future legislation on a number of crime-related issues, retail crime has been left to fester. It's time for the government to get tough on retail crime and support the millions of retail workers across the country who serve us each and every day. No one should have to go to work fearing assault or abuse." retail-jeweller.com

UK: Project Pegasus Founding Member Rolls Out Body Cams in All 960 Stores
Lidl to roll out body cams for UK store staff
Following an
investment of over £2 million, the rollout is expected to be completed by the spring of 2024.

The supermarket said it
will be training all staff on the use of the technology to make sure the cameras are used safely and in a way that protects an individual's privacy.

Ryan McDonnell, chief executive at Lidl GB, said: "As a business with
over 960 stores across the length and breadth of the country, safety and security has always been an absolute priority for us.

Last month,
Lidl became a founding member of Project Pegasus, a business and policing partnership that aims to combine law enforcement powers with industry knowledge to target serious and organised retail crime.

McDonnell added: "Amongst our own initiatives, we're proud to be part of
Project Pegasus, which presents a real opportunity for retailers, police forces, and the Home Office to work together to address the alarming rise of incidents facing retail workers every day."  theretailbulletin.com

Canada Feeling the Same Pain in Urban Centers
Canadian Cities Urge Government Action to Revitalize Ailing Downtowns as Vacancy Soars and CEBA Deadlines Loom
The International Downtown Association Canada (IDA Canada), a national coalition, which supports organizations representing and serving business districts nationwide, said its members are concerned about the elevated vacancy rates in the downtowns of many Canadian cities.

Post-COVID-19 effects, compounded with rising costs, labour shortages, and
operational barriers that include anti-social behaviours in public spaces, have harshly affected Canada's downtown and main street businesses, said IDA Canada.

In its written submission, Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the Upcoming Federal Budget, IDA Canada also recommends the government address main street and downtown challenges by providing funding through the Canada Health Transfer to treat addictions and mental health in collaboration with municipalities and their social service partners for in-patient addiction support.

"Street issues, including homelessness, addiction and mental health, have become a barrier to the recovery of significant downtowns and some main streets. To ensure these places remain vibrant destinations where all community members can thrive, we ask the federal government to play a meaningful leadership role in addressing this crisis. We call upon the federal government to lead a nationwide initiative to find and share best practices for addressing street issues and subsequently coordinate government action at all levels to manage them," said the IDA in its submission. retail-insider.com

D.C. Reverses Course and Takes Tougher Crime Stance
Will it be enough to stop the violence?

Will new D.C. crime bill stop the violence?
Mayor Muriel Bowser presented, ACT Now
(Addressing Crime Trends Now Act) anti-crime legislation that targets drug dealing (drug-free zones), retail theft and the wearing of masks to commit a crime. This is the city's latest effort to hold criminals accountable, keep neighborhoods safe and address rising rates of crime.

"This legislation reflects what our community is telling us:
they want appropriate accountability for those who choose to commit crimes and inflict fear in our neighborhoods," said Mayor Bowser at a news conference.

D.C. has seen a rise this year in both violent and property crime compared with 2022. Violent crime is up 41 percent so far in 2023, with homicide up 34 percent from 169 in 2022 to 261 as of October 26. Property crime is up 25 percent, including motor theft up 101 percent from 2,885 in 2022 to 5,805 as of October 26. Communities are alarmed and want to see something done to keep their families secure.

The mayor wants the bill to support MPD's ability to address recent crime trends by:

Limiting loitering by reinstating the ability of the MPD Chief to declare drug-free zones for 120 hours to prohibit people from congregating on public space for the purchase, sale, or use of illegal drugs.

Creating criminal penalties for organized retail theft, including establishing a new crime for "directing organized retail theft."

Reinstating the law that makes it unlawful to wear a mask for the purpose of committing criminal acts, intimidating and threatening other people, or causing fear. new.finalcall.com

Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2023 Update
U.S. Senate: Senate Bill 140 - Combating ORC Act Adds 1 New Cosponsor
Now reaching 12 Senate Co-Sponsors - 8 Republicans, 4 Democrats. Is your member of Congress supporting the bill? Check out the list here.

Thieves Targeting Chicago Liquor Stores
Chicago police issue alert after string of liquor store robberies

Thieves are targeting liquor stores in the latest string of armed robberies.

Chicago police have issued an alert about
thieves targeting liquor stores. Police said a group of men enter the stores late at night, after 8:30 p.m. They rob people inside at gunpoint and steal money from the cash register before taking off in a car. abc7chicago.com

Oakland's Ale Industries shuts down, blames 'rising rate of crime'
"We have been broken into 5 separate times in the last year," says the brewery's cofounder.

Campbell asked the state for $6 million to fight retail theft. It received $400K

Chicopee, Mass. proposes 'real time crime center' for enhanced public safety

NYC hate crimes against Jews surge by more than 200% amid Israel-Hamas war



Proactive Loss Prevention Measures
'Security is just as important as any other aspect of a business'

The Importance of Loss Prevention in the Retail Sector

Whether it's a jewelry store, gas station, or dispensary, businesses within the retail sector will be prone to theft, loss, and diversion.

A myriad of variables such as
shoplifting, internal theft, or a miscalculation of inventory, can be a contributing factor. Unfortunately, there isn't an easy solution to eliminating these losses completely, but taking a proactive approach can significantly mitigate many of these concerns.

Proactive Loss Prevention Measures

Employee Training: Informative training sessions on how to recognize internal and external theft, and thus how to report and respond to these sightings can empower employees when faced with a difficult situation.

Technology: Surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and access control systems act as a powerful barrier, especially when integrated together. Cybersecurity protocols, regular software updates, speedy repairs, and employee education on safe online practices are additional ways to bolster digital security.

Risk Assessments: Collaborating with a professional security consultant to evaluate the vulnerabilities among a business is greatly beneficial when it comes to preventing losses.

Point-of-Sale (POS) System: The POS system will be able to provide a paper trail of when a product was sold, returned, or exchanged, and provide information on who was working what register during a certain time.


Security is just as important as any other aspect of a business, especially when it comes to preventing losses. Since it can be difficult sometimes to determine whether theft, loss, or diversion is internal or external, this is why fortifying a company with tools before an incident begins is vital. Implementing proactive procedures not only reduces the threat of loss, but also increases the safety and security of the overall premises. sapphirerisk.com

OSHA's Workplace Safety Crackdown Continues
OSHA Cites 3M for Willful Safety Violations Related to Worker Fatality

OSHA says the fatality at 3M site could have been prevented by following federal safety regulations.

A fatality at 3M could have been prevented by following federal workplace safety regulations, according to the OSHA.

An employee at a southwestern Wisconsin manufacturing plant suffered fatal injuries after becoming caught in a machine's rotating rollers in May 2023. OSHA began an investigation after the 3M Company reported the death at its Prairie du Chien facility, home to 500 workers. OSHA inspectors learned the employee was helping to set-up a plastic extrusion line when he became caught.

The agency determined 3M
violated federal regulations for the control of hazardous energy during set-up, servicing and operation of the machine. The incident followed the company's assessment of equipment at its U.S. and Canadian plants in May 2022 after a fatality at a 3M facility in Alexandria, Minn., in February 2022.

"The tragedy of another employee's death in Wisconsin is compounded by the fact that the
3M Company completed a corporate-wide review and determined powered rollers were hazards in need of safety improvements," explained OSHA Regional Administrator Bill Donovan in Chicago, in a statement. "The company must address these hazards immediately to protect employees from serious injuries or worse."

OSHA cited the company for two willful safety violations and assessed $312,518 in proposed penalties. ehstoday.com

McKinsey & Company
US holiday shopping 2023: Consumer caution and retailer resilience
After a year of modest sales growth, retailers face a critical holiday sales season. The big question on everyone's mind: Will consumers-whose spending habits have challenged efforts at curbing inflation-finally pull back?

Although shoppers are feeling better than they were this time last year, general consumer sentiment about the US economy is one of uncertainty.

Some consumers will trade down, while others will splurge. Whatever their holiday shopping strategy, retailers are finding ways to connect with their customers.

This article presents findings from McKinsey's
ConsumerWise team and our latest Consumer Pulse Survey, which outline when consumers will shop for the holidays, how much they will spend, and what matters most to them during this time. We also recommend four actions that retailers could consider to win consumer spend through the holidays.

The survey was in the field from October 17 to October 19, 2023, and collected responses from more than 1,000 consumers in the United States (sampled and weighted to match the general US population, ages 18 to 74). These insights build on the work we have undertaken since March 2020, when we began to regularly conduct consumer surveys and combine our research and analysis with third-party data on US spending to glean insights into
how consumer sentiment has shifted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. mckinsey.com

IAM Healthcare launches campaign to unionize retail pharmacy workers
Retail pharmacy workers have told CNN that their employers have left them severely overworked and understaffed. These harsh working conditions, they say, make it difficult to safely fill prescriptions, which could put the health of their customers at risk. Now a formal unionization effort, backed by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and pharmacy labor activists, is underway.

The announcement comes after pharmacy labor advocates launched a series of walkouts at Walgreens and CVS stores in protest of what they called unjust labor conditions. The worker empowerment project, dubbed the Pharmacy Guild, will officially launch on Wednesday morning, the group told CNN. cnn.com

Dutch Bros brews up strong quarter; sees potential for 4,000 locations

Burger King closes six more outlets as part of struggling fast food giant's plan to shutter 400 stores across America this year

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Director of Safety job posted for Meijer in Grand Rapids, MI
This position leads and is responsible for ensuring store and supply chain/manufacturing safety programming and performance. This position will also analyze internal and external safety trends and develop strategies to drive improvement and maintain compliance with regulatory standards including but not limited to OSHA, DOT and fire code compliance. This position reports to the Vice President of Asset Protection and Safety. meijer.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com

Director, Cybersecurity job posted for Carhartt in Dearborn, MI
The Director of Cybersecurity is the functional lead and responsible for establishing and maintaining a corporate-wide information security management program to ensure that information assets are adequately protected. This position is responsible for identifying, evaluating and reporting on information security risks in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements, and aligns with and supports the risk posture of the enterprise. careers.carhartt.com


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Top Executives 'Most Targeted' Employee Group
Cybersecurity habits and behaviors executives need to be aware of

Top executives - the employee group most targeted by threat actors - are frequently provided unfettered access to valuable data sources and networked assets

While 96% of leaders say they are at least moderately supportive and invested in their organization's cybersecurity mandate, the reality is that
49% of CXOs have requested to bypass one or more security measures in the past year.

Although security leaders are aware that high-access executives present a unique security threat, the research reveals that
executive security exceptions and low-risk time-savers lead to outsized organizational risks.

The report identifies several executive cybersecurity habits and behaviors that security professionals need to be aware of:

One in five leaders have shared their work password with someone outside the company.
77% use easy-to-remember password hacks, including birthdates or pet names.
CXOs are three times more likely to share work devices with unauthorized users
One in three executives admit to accessing unauthorized work files and data

Security professionals might excuse poor executive cybersecurity hygiene

Moreover, the report highlights a critical issue of trust and communication between executives and the security teams responsible for protecting them. Executives reportedly are two times more likely to say their past interactions with security were 'awkward' or 'embarrassing' when sharing security concerns.

This leads to executives being four times more likely to resort to external, unapproved tech support. To address this, the report emphasizes the importance of rebuilding trust and fostering a collaborative relationship between security teams and executives based on honesty and friendly support, rather than condemnation or condescension. helpnetsecurity.com

DDoS Attack Averages $6,130 Per Minute
Radware: downtime cost of an application DDoS attack averages $6,130 per minute

The report reveals a surge in the frequency of bot, application, API, and DDoS attacks against applications over the past 12 months.


Frequency of Application Attacks Rise

AdvertisementThe report reveals a surge in the frequency of bot, application, API, and DDoS attacks against applications over the past 12 months. During the past year, application attacks have become the most frequently occurring attack on a daily basis, jumping from 4% in 2022 to 23% in 2023.

Almost half of organizations (46%) experience web application attacks daily or weekly.
Nearly one-third (31%) of organizations face DDoS attacks weekly.
Downtime due to a successful application DDoS attack costs organizations an average of $6,130 per minute.

Lack of Confidence Plagues Increased API Usage

While the use of internally developed and third-party APIs may be inextricably tied to core business processes, outcomes, and thus measures of business success, they are also a cause for anxiety for most organizations.

More than 87% of organizations report they are developing and using more APIs as an essential element of their modern application strategy. Yet, nearly three out of four respondents (74%) lack confidence that their internally developed APIs are protected against security threats that lead to unauthorized data access, exposure of application logic, and data breaches.

Despite widespread API usage, 64% of respondents would not be very surprised if they experienced a supply-chain breach via third-party APIs or code tomorrow.

Public Cloud Security Takes a Hit - Companies Rethink Hybrid Environments: securityinfowatch.com

Document Management & Cybersecurity
Keep it secret, keep it safe: the essential role of cybersecurity in document management
Untold quantities of sensitive data reside in the huge variety of documents that accumulate over the lifetime of an organization. Keeping them safe no matter where they're stored should be a top priority.

As document management continues its long transition from physical filing cabinets to digital databases and the cloud, the potential for cyber threats increases with every step and every migration. As such, it's critical that organizations understand and address
the connection between document management and cybersecurity.

Security around document management is absolutely essential as
documents contain some of the most sensitive corporate materials, says Cheryl McKinnon, principal analyst at Forrester Research. It could be intellectual property, financial data, or employee or customer data - so-called unstructured data - that is sitting in the form of spreadsheets, Word documents, or PDFs.

"We need to ensure that we
have layers of protection around these repositories of corporate data because poor handling practices can lead to inadvertent leakage or inappropriate sharing through email," she says.

This trend
now incorporates integration with artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance document searches, focus on automation, data analytics, and enhanced security measures, according to Ureta. "These measures, once referred to as 'information security,' have existed since the days of Caesar," he says. "Cybersecurity, the modernization of information security, specifically addresses the security of digital assets and the infrastructure that supports them."

Information security remains the broader scope and would apply to document management in this sense, Ureta says. Cybersecurity targets the digitization of these documents. Understanding
the intersection of cybersecurity and document management remains critical to safeguarding sensitive data. csoonline.com

TransUnion survey says call centers need authentication help to fend off attacks
Often the only humans that consumers associate with a brand,
call center staff are being targeted with authentication scams. A new vendor marketing survey recommends ways to buttress call-center ID authentication without sacrificing service.

Respondents said
call centers are the biggest problem when it comes to account takeover (ATO) attacks. This is especially the case in financial services, where 60 percent of respondents said call centers are the top source of ATOs.

TransUnion recommends business use pre-answer risk assessment and authentication, deploy tools to identify inbound spoofed and high-risk calls, mitigate interception of one-time passwords and share experiences with fraud across channels. biometricupdate.com

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'Innovative Online Cannabis Security Employee Training Program'
Sapphire Risk Advisory Group Launches Innovative Online Cannabis Security Training Program for Dispensaries

My Sapphire Training, created by Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, is an innovative online cannabis security training program designed to support dispensaries.

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES -- Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, the nation's oldest cannabis security consultancy, is thrilled to announce the launch of an innovative online cannabis security employee training program. This ground-breaking program, called My Sapphire Training, is currently available for dispensaries and is designed to empower their employees with the knowledge they need to ensure the security and profitability of the dispensary.

The program's initial course offerings include
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Commenting on the launch of this new program,
Tony Gallo, Managing Partner of Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, said, "We created My Sapphire Training because we saw a gap in the industry for credible cannabis security training able to effectively supplement on-the-job experiences in the dispensary. My Sapphire Training is a reflection of our continuing commitment to ensuring the security, safety, and compliance of our clients. We're excited to contribute to the continued growth of this dynamic industry!"

The cannabis industry is experiencing exponential growth and unique challenges, including regulatory compliance, safety concerns, and
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In addition to standardized security instruction, My Sapphire Training also offers
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My Sapphire Training is now available to dispensaries nationwide, offering a
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Another State Votes to Legalize Cannabis
Ohio becomes 24th state to embrace weed legalization

There are now 24 states in the country where weed use is allowed for adults.

AdvertisementOhio voters comfortably approved a marijuana legalization referendum on the ballot Tuesday. The vote makes Ohio the 24th state in the U.S. to legalize adult-use marijuana and furthers a trend of more conservative states establishing legal markets. With Ohio, 53 percent of the U.S. population now live in a jurisdiction where anyone at least 21 years old can legally possess weed.

The new law
allows adults over 21 to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants. The measure creates a Division of Cannabis Control, which is responsible for setting up and regulating the adult-use cannabis market.

The regulations
give existing medical operators first dibs on the adult-use market, but also allows licensing additional operators depending on market needs.

will be taxed at 10 percent. An Ohio State University report estimates that legal marijuana will generate about $300 million a year in revenue for the state. politico.com

Marijuana Burglary & Shootout
Second Man Pleads Guilty In Marijuana Grow Burglary That Sparked A Gun Battle

Defendant Shot In Ankle During Shootout And Apprehended After High-Speed Crash

SAN FRANCISCO - Joevonne Ralls, 25, a resident of Oakland, admitted in a plea agreement that he and two others broke into a Richmond warehouse containing a large marijuana grow. They cut down 200 marijuana plants and stuffed the plants into trash bags, intending to sell the plants later. As the three carried the bags outside to a waiting vehicle, a car pulled up on the street outside of the warehouse's gate. Its occupants began shooting at them.

Ralls described in his plea agreement that he was shot in the ankle and ran back into the warehouse's garage. He admitted that one of
his associates fired shots from the garage back towards the street. Ralls described in his plea agreement that he then drove away in a black Honda with an associate, and Richmond police officers pursued them.

Ralls admitted that he eventually
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DEA likely to OK marijuana rescheduling, but election and lawsuits could get in the way

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Great Case Study

Question for E-Commerce Fraud Teams: Is this ORC?
Your colleagues probably wouldn't think so - In the future it will be?

Russian Gang Ran 5 Year Fraud Scheme Hitting Online Retailers
From Stolen PCI - Placing Retail Orders - Reshipping - Reselling in Russia

DOJ: US DOJ Indicts 4 Foreign Nationals for Defrauding $48 Million

Alleged Operators of Russian Cyber Fraud Scheme Are Indicted

U.S. federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against three foreign nationals for allegedly participating in a $48 million cyber fraud scheme.

Federal prosecutors extradited the alleged co-conspirators over the past two months. Defendant Nikolaj Sofinskij, 42, made his first appearance in U.S. court Tuesday after being extradited from Romania. German police extradited co-defendant Aleksandr Popan, 40, in mid-October. Authorities in Morocco extradited Ruslan Nurullin, 32, in September.

The alleged conspiracy operated between 2013 and 2018. The defendants allegedly engaged in multiple fraudulent reshipping schemes that used stolen personal data including payment card information to place orders for merchandise delivered to scheme participants in the United States. Nurullin and Sofinskij acted as "stuffers," using the stolen data to place retail orders for goods such as smartphones, computers and luxury clothing. Popan was a "buyer" - a fence who received stolen goods for resale in Russia and other former Soviet countries. The three defendants resided in Russia while the conspiracy was active.

Members of the conspiracy directly stole the personal information, bought it on the black market or fraudulently induced victims to disclose it, the indictment states.

The conspiracy was allegedly digitally savvy in that members used admin panels to coordinate activities. Prosecutors say Nurullin and Sofinskij were associated with admin panels mounted on sites called Strongbox.cc, Arenaproject.it, and Astra Star Ave.

Prosecutors said the conspiracy collectively caused $48 million in losses to debit card holders, credit card holders and payment card issuers as well as online retailers.

They were arrested based on Interpol red notices. "If criminals organize to target U.S. victims in their international crimes, our office will unite with the international community to catch and bring them to justice," said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace of the Eastern District of New York.

The Department of Justice indicted the men on 32 criminal counts including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The suspects each face a maximum of 20 years imprisonment for each of the fraud, fraud conspiracy and money laundering counts, as well as a mandatory additional sentence of two years for each of the aggravated identity theft counts. govinfosecurity.com

Editor's Note: As online sales continue to grow, with Forbes saying 42% of sales spent online & 41% spent in-stores, and with 60% of all consumers, according to McKinsey's Consumer Pulse Survey, researching retailers websites or apps, the physical and digital worlds are merging. And one day, not so far off, they'll be viewed as two pieces of the same channel. And they'll expect one team managing & investigating theft, fraud, and shrink. Therefore expanding the old ORC definition to include all organized crime impacting the retailers should evolve in lock step. Just my opinion. Especially seeing the $48 million fraud case above. - Gus Downing








Memphis, TN: City Gear/ Hibbett's plead for help to stop crimes after being targeted again
Thieves attempted to hit another City Gear in Memphis Wednesday morning, adding to the string of crimes targeting the chain. The latest location was on Elvis Presley Boulevard. The company is fed up and demanding the Shelby County District Attorney's Office to do something. Hibbett Sports, the company that owns City Gear, sent a letter to the Shelby County District Attorney's office Wednesday after criminals targeted yet another of their stores. They call the crimes "out of control," saying they are desperate for help from local leaders.
The letter states over $20,000 in merchandise was stolen from the City Gear location on Third Street Monday, causing significant damage to the store. Hibbett Sports is asking for swift action to be taken to stop these thieves and hold them accountable. Hibbett said they are at a loss as they continue to beef up security, alarms, and gates which they say seems to not work. District Attorney Steve Mulroy said law enforcement is working to reopen its organized retail theft division. He said Operation Broken Bottles is a prime example of the success of catching these criminals. "Operation Broken bottles a few months ago, we broke the back on one of those organized theft rings and it resulted in over 15 indictments. We are doubling up our efforts on that and we hope to see more indictments coming," said Mulroy. The Memphis Police Department reports this year alone, City Gear stores in Memphis have been hit in 17 burglaries, 42 thefts, and one robbery. DA Mulroy says his office also has its own retail task force that partners with law enforcement and uses the same prosecutor to catch repeat offenders and look for patterns.  actionnews5.com

Nearly $5,000 of Nike gear stolen from Dick's
A combined total of $4,750 worth of Nike Tech gear was stolen from Dick's Sporting Goods in Schererville on Sunday and Monday, the Schererville Police Department said. On Sunday at approximately 10 a.m. two females left the retail store without paying for around $2,000 worth of Nike Tech sweatpants and hooded sweatshirts, police said. Nearly two hours later, an unknown man left the store without paying for approximately $750 worth of similar merchandise. On Monday at 11:16 a.m., an unknown female left the store with approximately $2,000 worth of Nike Tech sweatpants and hooded sweatshirts, police say. These incidents appear to be related, Schererville Police Cmdr. Kevin Wagner said. The Schererville Detective Bureau is further investigating. 

DuPage County, IL: Pretrial release denied for Home Depot theft suspect
A man accused of stealing floor tile from a Home Depot store is being detained pretrial, as a DuPage
County judge ruled Wednesday the defendant has a high risk of flight. Timothy Wehmeyer, 42, of Chicago, is charged with felony burglary, felony retail theft and misdemeanor obstructing identification. Prosecutors asked Judge Joshua Dieden to detain Wehmeyer because there is an active warrant for his arrest out of Crown Point, Indiana, on a larceny charge, a pending retail theft case out of Cook County, and he has failed to appear for criminal court cases at least 12 times. They also allege he told police that when he was released, he was going to flee to South Detroit, Michigan. According to authorities, Wehmeyer selected 25 cases of flooring, valued at $1,700, and walked toward an exit around 10:48 a.m. Tuesday at the Home Depot at 17W734 22nd St. It is alleged he showed workers a fraudulent online receipt for the flooring, dated Oct. 13, as he passed the checkout area. When confronted at the door, he tried to flee, authorities said. Authorities also allege Wehmeyer showed police a false driver's license when asked for identification. According to a prosecutor's petition for detention, a Home Depot store detective told police they recognized Wehmeyer because they believed he had stolen another 25 cases of flooring from the store the day before. His next court date is Nov. 21.  dailyherald.com

Richmond, BC Canada: RCMP arrest 18 retail theft suspects in 'boom 'n' bust' operation
The Richmond RCMP arrested 18 retail theft suspects last month. Police held an operation on Sept. 14 as
part of their "Boost 'n Bust" project in conjunction with loss prevention officers, Metro Vancouver Transit Police and retail owners in Richmond. Of the 18 suspects arrested, 15 were adults and three were youth. Most of them came from areas outside of Richmond, while three were from Richmond. One of the suspects had arrest warrants from both Vancouver and Surrey, and another person was arrested for breaking their previous offence conditions after a police chase on foot. The most commonly recovered items included clothing, footwear, cosmetics, electronics and personal hygiene products. These were primarily going to be resold in Vancouver, according to Richmond RCMP. Richmond RCMP Insp. Michael Cohee said officers found the SkyTrain was the main route being used by suspects to move stolen items between cities. "Retail theft is not a victimless crime and costs businesses across Canada, millions of dollars in property losses and revenue," said Cohee. "With each year, these collaborative retail theft operations, have proven increasingly successful and very insightful."   richmond-news.com

Madera, CA: Suspects wanted for stealing retail merchandise worth $600 in Madera

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Shootings & Deaths

Monticello, IA: Grocery store worker murdered, suspect shot by deputy
A grocery store worker in a small Iowa town was killed in what authorities described as an apparent "act of random violence," and a deputy later shot the suspected shooter. Monticello Police Chief Britt D. Smith said in a news release that officers were sent to Fareway Meat and Grocery just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and
found Aaron McAtee, 48, shot outside the store, near a loading dock. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he died. Investigators determined Nathan Russell, 38, of East Dubuque, Illinois, was the suspect and began a search. A Delaware County deputy spotted Russell in the town of Hopkinton, about 10 miles from Monticello. Smith said the deputy shot Russell when he refused to comply with them "in the attempt to detain Russell." Russell remained hospitalized Wednesday but his condition was not immediately released. The deputy who shot him is on administrative leave while the shooting remains under investigation. Prosecutors were reviewing the case.  foxnews.com

Phoenix, AZ: Update: Video surveillance links man to fatal 7-Eleven stabbing in Phoenix, court records show
Charging documents detail how video surveillance and a food assistance card helped identify a suspect in a fatal stabbing that occurred at a west Phoenix 7-Eleven on Oct. 26. Sheldon Jabari Shield, 38, of Phoenix was charged on suspicion of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Jose Martinez Zuaznavas, 56, outside the chain store's location near North 75th Avenue and Camelback Road, according to court documents. Zuaznavas was found after 2 a.m. Oct. 26 with at least one stab wound and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to Phoenix police.Witnesses said a male was seen near the 7-Eleven before quickly fleeing on a white bicycle southbound along nearby Grand Canal, according to court documents. Video footage from shortly after 2 a.m. shows a male outside 7-Eleven walking up to Zuaznavas as he sat on the ground, with the male bending over and making a thrusting movement before fleeing from view, according to court documents. Additional video footage from surrounding businesses showed a man about 20 to 30 years old walking in front of the 7-Eleven around the time of the stabbing, according to court documents. azcentral.com

Shooting Injures Police Officer & Shoplifting Suspect
Maize, KS: Timeline, body camera images released from officer-involved shooting
The Maize Police Department released images from body cameras worn by police officers involved in a shooting on Monday that left an officer and shoplifting suspect injured. The police department said Maize officers were assisting the Wichita Police Department with a shoplifting call at Menard's, leading up to the incident.

Menards Loss Prevention (LP) called 9-1-1 to report a known shoplifter inside the store. The suspect was reported to have taken merchandise from the store without payment at least two known times in the past. Menards LP confronted suspect. Suspect then ran towards Maize Road - no loss - LP recovered merchandise.

Then Menards LP approached the suspect in the parking lot of the store. Suspect walked towards the Auto Zone with Menards LP following at safe distance. Suspect crossed Maize Road on foot. Maize PD Officer #1 saw the suspect and attempted to stop him on the west side of Maize Road. The suspect did not comply with the officer and continued to disregard the officers' orders to stop throughout the pursuit.

The shoplifting suspect was then found hiding in a storm drain and was fully in the drain when he told responding officers he had a gun. Wiebe said when officers got to the man and attempted to handcuff him, the suspect made a quick move and pointed something at the officers. The chief said this is when the officer fired the shot.

Chief Wiebe said the suspect did not fire a weapon, and as of early Monday evening, doesn't know what was in the man's hands when the shooting happened. kwch.com

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Albuquerque, NM: Man charged with stealing two handguns from Cabela's
Albuquerque police call it an unusual and scary crime - a man walks into an outdoor recreation store and steals two firearms in the middle of the day. On October 27, 2022, police say Ruben Gonzales walked into Cabela's just before noon, stole two handguns, then walked out of the store. "It is really brazen," says Albuquerque Police Deputy Commander Kyle Hartsock. "Not only is it happening in the middle of the store, it's also two firearms, which is not something that this commonly shoplifted. We see most firearm thefts via burglaries." Cabela's loss prevention officers were able to get a video of the theft to police and detectives have been working on the case for the past year. Then a tip came in from another law enforcement agency and identified Gonzales. "So even though it happened last October - these things can take time, especially if we don't know who the person is," says Hartsock. Albuquerque police were able to track down Gonzales and arrest him last Friday. They are still searching for the two stolen handguns. "As long as the serial numbers are still on them if they come into law enforcement's hands anywhere in the world, it will trigger an alert to us," Hartsock says.  krqe.com

San Antonio, TX: Store manager reacts to worker being hurt while stopping shoplifting; Vape City employee is 2nd local worker in a week to be injured
For the second time within a week, a worker in San Antonio has been hurt while trying to stop a suspected shoplifter. According to San Antonio police, a clerk at Vape City, a 24-hour smoke shop, was assaulted by a man who he believed was stealing smoking materials, including a pipe. Officers were called to the business in the 4800 block of W. Commerce around 4 a.m. Wednesday. Rene Rivera, Vape City's regional manager, also got a call and rushed over to find police outside the front doors. "(The suspect) punched him in the face, trying to get away," he said. "Nowadays, everybody's carrying around guns and stuff. Thank God he's safe and hopefully he recovers." The attack on the worker came about a week after another incident at North Star Mall which put a Macy's employee in the hospital. A loss prevention officer was shot while trying to stop a man who she suspected was stealing from the department store. Police later arrested Edwardo Sanchez, 52, on charges related to that case.  ksat.com

Houston, TX: Israeli restaurant Taste of Tel Aviv damaged in burglary

Oakland, CA: Suspects seen using backhoe to break through convenience store's bulletproof glass for ATM

Greenville, NC: Postal Service offering reward for multiple Pitt County burglaries

Warrington Township, PA: Police Continue to Make Shoplifting Arrests on Route 611 Corridor

Pasadena, CA: Sharp-Eyed, Quick-Witted Apple Delivery Truck Driver Puts Kibosh on Robbery Attempt

Memphis, TN: 5 suspects burglarize Oak Hall after midnight, steal cash register

Cleveland, OH: Game Stop employee busted stealing $5,500 from the store

Lansing, MI: Deer smashes through lingerie store and wrecks it



C-Store - Phoenix, AZ - Burglary
C-Store - St Martin Parish, LA - Burglary
C-Store - Oakland, CA - Burglary
Clothing - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Clothing - Memphis, Tn - Burglary
Clothing - Schererville, IN - Robbery
Clothing - Madera, CA - Robbery
Clothing - Elyria, OH - Robbery
Guns - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Hardware - Jonesboro, AR - Burglary
Jewelry - Pasadena, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Auburn, WA - Burglary
Jewelry - Happy Valley, OR - Burglary
Liquor - Rock Hill, NC - Robbery
Liquor - Citrus County, FL - Robbery
Liquor - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery/ shots fired
Restaurant - Los Angeles County, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Houston, TX - Burglary
Restaurant - Bridgeport, CT - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Fort Madison, IA - Armed Robbery / Hardee's
Tobacco - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Vape - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Walgreens - Lake Worth, TX - Armed Robbery                                           


Daily Totals:
• 13 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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