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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Using 'Broken Windows' Approach to Defeat ORC?
Criminal theft rings are devastating businesses; Congress can help stop them
In the midst of the last crime wave in the 1990s, many jurisdictions adopted the "broken windows" approach to crime reduction, recognizing that turning a blind eye to crime invited more crime. Rather than ignore graffiti, vagrancy, vandalism, and theft, law enforcement sought to punish these crimes.

Not only did this response make neighborhoods safer. It sent a clear message that perpetrators of crime, even "victimless crimes," would face punishment. The result was an overall reduction in crime, including violent crime. It is time to readopt this approach, and we can start by tackling organized retail theft.

Organized retail theft has forced several Walgreens and a Cotopaxi store in San Francisco to close, as well as multiple Wawa stores and 7-Elevens in the Philadelphia area. It has forced drug stores to shutter in Manhattan. The list of brick-and-mortar businesses across the country closing because of organized theft keeps growing - everything from the local mom-and-pop shop to large retailers.

Criminal organizations take advantage of several legal loopholes

First, since 2000, at least 40 states have raised the monetary threshold for the value of stolen goods necessary to trigger a felony charge. This explains why thieves have been known literally to show up with calculators, adding up the value of stolen goods they carry out the door.

Second, many local prosecutors have gone even further, adopting nonprosecution policies for what they erroneously refer to as "victimless crimes." This is akin to rolling out the welcome mat for criminals. These are far from victimless crimes: Businesses face monetary losses that they have to pass along to law-abiding customers in the form of higher prices.

Third, it is too easy for criminals to sell their stolen goods anonymously to unsuspecting buyers using online platforms. No such "know your seller" law applies to internet-based platforms.

States can update their laws to aggregate thefts to ensure thieves and the leaders of criminal theft rings can be prosecuted. Local officials can adopt a zero-tolerance policy and commit to prosecuting offenses. And Congress can pass the INFORM Act to require internet platforms to collect basic identifying information about high-volume online sellers, closing off the most popular avenue of selling stolen goods. washingtonexaminer.com

Gas Stations: The Center of Philadelphia's Crime Crisis
As shootings and carjackings climb at Philly gas stations, victims and grieving families file lawsuits
The unsolved murders of Robinson and Ott are among nine killings committed at Philadelphia gas stations in 2021 and so far this year. That's up from zero such homicides in 2018, 2019, and 2020, police said.

The slayings are a tiny fraction of the total number of homicides committed citywide - a record 562 homicides in 2021, and just off that pace so far in 2022.

While gas station owners say the uptick is simply a manifestation of Philadelphia's broader gun-violence problem, the trend has caused several people who have been injured or lost loved ones to file negligence lawsuits. They say gas stations should have done more to protect patrons.

Lawyer David P. Thiruselvam, who has filed nine lawsuits against gas stations, said, "It's becoming an epidemic, and the gas station industry is aware of it because it's in the news all the time. But they are not doing anything about it."

Gas and guns

Other violent crimes at gas stations have soared, according to police data. Carjackings have more than quadrupled, with 30 so far this year, up from seven last year. There were none between 2018 and 2020.

There have been 69 gunpoint robberies at stations this year, up from 65 for all of last year. Nonfatal shootings at gas stations have spiked, as well, leaving 17 victims so far this year and last year. The city averaged only one a year from 2018 to 2020.

Temple University criminal justice professor Jerry Ratcliffe said the spike in gun crime in general, and at gas stations in particular, is likely being driven in part by the fact that there are more legal guns on the streets, a number that surged during the pandemic shutdown.

In addition, he said, there are more illegal guns, as those who are not allowed to legally possess them do so anyway out of fear of rising crime. At the same time, it's possible that they're also less fearful of arrest because Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has expressed skepticism that arresting and prosecuting gun-possession cases will lead to a reduction in violence.  inquirer.com

Shoplifting Surge Pushing Drugstores to the Brink
The Rise and Fall of the Drugstore Chains

CVS and Walgreens became fixtures of 21st century city life. Their time may be up.

Many big-city pharmacy chains are halfway there, with plexiglass cases that have mushroomed over even low-priced household goods like shampoo and deodorant-to say nothing of laundry detergent, razor blades, and baby formula. It's like shopping at a pharmacy 100 years ago, with a white-aproned clerk pushing around a ladder to grab your tinctures and tonics, except now it's a minimum-wage cashier with a key ring. These days, you press a red button and a loudspeaker tells the store that you have a foot fungus.

The plastic cases for merchandise have become a symbol of a society in decline, even if the precise shape of the problem isn't exactly transparent. Shoplifting is definitely cutting into store margins. Rite Aid says the problem cost it $5 million last quarter in New York City; Walgreens claimed to have closed stores in San Francisco as a result. You can be skeptical of companies playing the blame game, but retail experts are certain: If shoplifting weren't chipping into profits, you wouldn't see plastic cases at all.

What's driving shoplifting? Take your pick: social dislocation, unemployment, and desperation from the pandemic, blocked-up court systems letting the sticky-fingered go free, lenient district attorneys, new standards for felony charges, big city police work stoppages, the expectation that shoppers cover their nose and mouth like bank robbers. Shoplifting has been used to justify a resurgent law-and-order politics that has energized GOP campaigns over the past couple of years, with the head of the California Republican Party claiming Walgreens closing five locations in San Francisco was evidence that "Democratic policies have created a crime spike."

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores pointed me toward a different solution: a federal bill that would require online marketplaces to verify the identity of third-party sellers. If shoplifting is indeed worse at some stores, it's because thieves are reselling those products on Amazon and eBay.

Other drugstores have not cited shoplifting as a rationale for closing branches. Writing earlier this year in Curbed, Jack Denton made a convincing case that-whatever the New York Post would have you believe-a 15 percent rise in New York City retail theft complaints is not what's driving store closures. Fundamentals are.  slate.com

Cashierless Checkout: Recipe for Out-of-Control Theft?
'Unsustainable' theft at cashier-free convenience store may force its closure

The first 24/7 cashier-less store in Vancouver, located at a student residence at UBC, may close just a year after it opened.

Vancouver's first 24/7 cashier-less shop may not last too long. That's because of an "unsustainable amount of theft" is going on at the store, called Avenue C. Located at the Walter Gage student residence at the University of BC (UBC), the "express micro-market" is open to the general public at all times of day and night as a small convenience store with a self-checkout.

If the theft continues, the shop, which opened in October 2021, may not be around much longer.

"Our goal is to keep Avenue C open for our community and we are working with Campus Security and Canteen Canada to enhance security measures," says UBC director of food services Colin Moore in a statement. "However, if we are not able to significantly reduce the level of theft, we will need to close the market."

A spokesperson for UBC says a letter was sent to students living in the area about the thefts and potential closure, due to how many thefts there were. However, exactly how much theft is going on is not being shared with the public.

He adds that people who steal may be subject to an RCMP investigation and/or face consequences from the school under its own code of conduct, but doesn't say if any action has been taken.  townandcountrytoday.com

'People Able to Steal Multiple Times Before DAs Prosecute'
Rise in Retail Theft Incidents Reported Around the Country and Locally
A recent survey of small business owners across the country showed that 54 percent of them experienced an increase in shoplifting last year, much of it stemming from organized crime.

During an interview on the WCUB Breakfast Club, Neil Bradley, Executive Vice president, and Chief Policy Officer with the national Chamber of Commerce told us, "What they told us is 56 percent say they've been a victim of this in the past year and a majority say it's getting worse. Our good friends at the National Retail Federation tried to put a dollar amount on it. What they found was that for every billion dollars in retail sales $700,000 was lost to theft. That number is up dramatically in the last 5 years."

In our area, Bradley explained retail theft was such a growing problem in Green Bay, that the police department had to set up an initiative to do something about it.

"It turned out before that they had to pick up somebody at least 4 times for theft from a store before they would refer it to the district attorney's office for prosecution," he said. "That's a pattern by the way we see across the country of people being able to steal multiple times before anything is ever done to them."

Bradley added, "That's a lot of what is fueling this shoplifting epidemic." seehafernews.com

NYC's Crime-Fighting Surveillance is Under Fire From Critics
NYPD spent $3 billion on surveillance but critics say details are vague despite new disclosure law

The NYPD spent nearly $3 billion on surveillance technology in a 12-year stretch but continues to flout the law requiring it reveal details of each contract

The dollars spent between 2007 and 2019 are with companies large and small - including a contract with a vendor based out of an East Flatbush, Brooklyn, apartment. The money spent was opaquely listed as "special expenses" in the police budget until 2020, when the City Council passed, over the NYPD's objections, the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology, or POST, Act.

The law requires the NYPD to explain each contract - from drones to facial recognition software to license plate readers and beyond - and to reveal which other law enforcement agencies have access to the data. But advocacy groups say the NYPD is not meeting the law's disclosure requirements.

"With many of these contracts we know the vendors' names, we know the amount that's being spent. But we don't have many details about what they're doing and why they were selected, which is a huge open door for waste, fraud and abuse," said Albert Fox Cahn, executive director of the Surveillance Oversight Project, known as STOP.

Those concerns are "baseless," an NYPD spokesperson said, noting that the police inspector general recently said the department "has complied with the POST Act's requirements to produce and publish impact- and use-policies for each of the technologies utilized."  nydailynews.com

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COVID is Fading, But Retail Violence & Abuse Continues
UK Shopworkers Are Facing More Abuse Than Before the Pandemic
Shopworkers in the UK are facing more verbal abuse and threats from customers than before the pandemic, as a worsening cost-of-living crisis ratchets up tension in retail stores.

More than 70% of staff say they've been verbally abused while almost half report being threatened, according to a survey of more than 4,600 employees by retail trade union Usdaw, which has around 360,000 members.

Cases of abuse spiked during the pandemic, with consumers taking out their frustrations over mask requirements and social distancing on shop staff. While the trend has since leveled off, reported cases of threats and abuse remain higher than in 2019.

The findings mark the start of Respect for Shopworkers Week, which will see Usdaw activists campaign in workplaces and call on shoppers to respect workers' rights. Incidents traditionally rise during the run-up to Christmas, with packed retail stores and rising consumer stress levels.

The focus on working conditions comes as companies in the retail and hospitality industry face severe challenges in recruiting. Next Plc Chief Executive Officer Simon Wolfson last week criticized immigration polices he said were driving a labor shortage, saying Brexit hasn't turned out the way he'd expected.

UK retailers are offering higher salaries to staff as inflation pushes up the price of everything from food to energy, with supermarket companies including Tesco Plc and J Sainsbury Plc having already raised pay twice this year.

Unions, meanwhile, are increasingly resorting to strikes in a bid to improve pay packages for workers in sectors from transportation to healthcare to government services. bloomberg.com

The Return of Masks to Battle 'Tripledemic'
Masks could return as L.A. County sees worrying uptick in RSV, COVID infections
Facemasks could potentially return as L.A. County continues seeing a troubling uptick in respiratory illness including two new COVID-19 variants and RSV infections among children.

If the county reaches 100 cases per 100,000 residents, indoor masking recommendations could return. For now, L.A. County is at 86 cases per 100,000 residents. "Indoor masking will, as it has in the past for elevated transmission, be strongly recommended for everyone," said Ferrer in a Friday press conference.

Along with other respiratory illnesses like the flu and COVID, doctors are now dealing with a surge in RSV (respiratory syncytial virus infection), especially among children.

L.A. County reports seeing higher numbers of RSV than in previous years. Shriner believes isolation during the pandemic may be the cause. Health officials are encouraging people to receive their booster shots and flu vaccines to avoid straining local medical facilities even further. ktla.com

'Deja Vu': Fears Rising of Winter Surge in America
New omicron subvariants now dominant in the U.S., raising fears of a winter surge
Two new omicron subvariants have become dominant in the United States, raising fears they could fuel yet another surge of COVID-19 infections, according to estimates released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The subvariants - called BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 -- appear to be among the most adept yet at evading immunity from vaccination and previous infection, and have now overtaken the BA.5 omicron subvariant that has dominated in the U.S. since the summer.

"This time of year last year we were optimistic. We were coming out of the delta wave, and it was steadily decreasing, and we went into Thanksgiving to wake up to omicron. So there is this sort of déjà vu feeling from last year," Luban says. npr.org

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Dollar General: Poster Child for OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program
Repeat violations, millions in penalties land Dollar General in OSHA's SVEP
"Since 2017, Dollar General Corp. and Dolgencorp LLC have received more than $12.3 million in initial penalties for numerous willful, repeat and serious workplace violations," DOL said. The latest penalties, based on 31 alleged violations at Dollar General stores in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, qualified the company for placement in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, according to the DOL.

The SVEP is an enhanced inspection and enforcement effort designed to clamp down on repeat offenders. These are "employers who have demonstrated indifference to their occupational safety and health obligations through willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations," an OSHA directive explains. Dollar General's inclusion in the SVEP comes six weeks after the agency expanded its criteria to include violations of all hazards and a broader swath of industries, according to a Sept. 15 OSHA release. Prior to the change, employers landed in the SVEP for violating a limited number of standards, such as fall and excavation or trenching violations, Constructive Dive reported.

For several reasons, employers do not want land on the SVEP list, law firm posts warned in the wake of expanded program. For one, employers will face mandatory follow-up inspections, enhanced settlement provisions and federal court enforcement, the OSHA directive states. And follow-up inspections could result in additional citations and penalties.

Employers might also be disqualified from bidding on certain jobs, Jackson Lewis attorneys Melanie L. Paul and Paige T. Bennett noted in an October post. Because OSHA makes the SVEP list publicly available, being in the program could damage a company's reputation, they noted.

Under the new criteria, an employer can be placed in the program if inspectors find at least one willful, repeated violation, or a failure-to-abate violation, that resulted in an employee fatality or three or more employees being hospitalized, according to the directive. Employers are also subject to the SVEP if an inspection identifies two or more willful repeat violations, or a failure-to-abate violation, based on the presence of a "high gravity serious violation." Per OSHA, this is a severe offense that has a high probability of occurring and carries a penalty of $14,502 per violation. hrdive.com

Retailers in for a Turbulent 2023?
The Worst is Yet to Come, and for Many 2023 Will Feel Like a Recession

By Tony D'Onofrio, Global Retail Influencer & Prosegur's CEO & Managing Director, Global Retail Business Unit

Retailer Turbulence Returns

Surprising new First Insight research points to a major disconnect between consumers and retail executives.

• 58% of retail executives think that consumers are shopping more for deals, but this is true for only 40% of consumers.

• 43% of retailers think consumers are buying less overall, yet only 29% of consumers admit that this is the case.

• 94% of executives think shoppers have less confidence to spend versus 79% of the consumer respondents.

"Many retailers are already dealing with excess inventory issues after over-ordering during the peak of the supply-chain shortage, having seasonal items delivered late or seeing consumers' preferences change." Strapped consumers spending less could force retailers to heavily discount leading to lower retailer profitability in the second half of 2022 and into 2023.

We are indeed living in interesting times. Both consumers and retailers are facing substantial challenges ahead. But as the opening quote reminds us, history is filled with difficult moments. The smartphone, the internet, e-commerce and the continued exploding innovation around us are a vivid reminder that we are in an even more creative time in history. The best is yet to come.

Read Tony D'Onofrio's full article here

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Top Holiday Cyber Threats for Retailers
API abuses and attacks create new challenges for retailers
The continued barrage of attacks on retailers' websites, applications, and APIs throughout the calendar year, and during the peak holiday shopping season, is a continued business risk for the retail industry.

"The holiday shopping season is a critical period for the retail industry, and cybersecurity threats could undermine retailers' bottom line again in 2022," says Lynn Marks, Senior Product Manager, Imperva. "This industry faces a variety of security risks, the majority of which are automated and operate around the clock. Retailers need a unified approach to stop these persistent attacks, one that focuses on the protection of data and is equipped to mitigate attacks quickly without disrupting shoppers."
API abuses and attacks multiply, creating new challenges for retailers

Exposed or vulnerable APIs are a considerable threat for retailers because attackers can use the API as a pathway for exfiltrating customer data and payment information. API abuses are often carried out through automated attacks where a botnet floods the API with unwanted traffic, seeking vulnerable applications and unprotected data.

In 2021, API attacks increased by 35% between September and October, and then spiked another 22% in November on top of the previous months' elevated attack levels. This finding suggests that bad actors scale their efforts around the holiday shopping season as more data is exchanged between the APIs and applications that power eCommerce services.

Beware of downtime: DDoS attacks continue to threaten retailers

A DDoS attack is an automated threat that attempts to disrupt critical business operations by flooding the network or application infrastructure with malicious traffic. The attacks are often launched by a botnet, a group of compromised connected devices that are distributed across the Internet and operated by a single party.

A DDoS attack is a nonstop threat for retailers. The downtime caused by a DDoS attack can lead to site disruption, reputational damage, and revenue loss. A DDoS is a critical threat to online retailers that rely on application performance and availability to enable digital storefronts. helpnetsecurity.com

Incident Response: Fastest-Growing Cybersecurity Industry Segment
The "Remote Work" Effect on Incident Response

During the last few years, we have seen a rapid transformation in the Incident Response (IR) market. IR market statistics show that in 2017 it reached $11 billion, and by 2023 it is expected to reach $34 billion. As such, it is one of the fastest-growing segments of the cybersecurity industry.

But why does the IR market experience such explosive growth? Organizational networks today are composed of a variety of appliances and components, which have to communicate flawlessly. Because of that, we see scenarios where certain TTP and attack patterns are exploited, despite the fact they are not categorized as zero-day exploitations or unfamiliar attack chains.

The second and more publicly mentioned reason is the tremendous shortage of highly trained and experienced personnel. That, combined with the high availability of malicious software which can be bought just like any other SaaS product, results in a hazardous situation. Crime organizations and rogue individuals can purchase and use advanced malicious software, and without profound knowledge make a large profit when the attack is deployed successfully.

Add to this the game changer: COVID-19. Until COVID-19, most IR procedures were done On-Site, and the cyber experts literally 'knocked on the victim's doorway' and gathered or extracted the evidence for the investigation. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the IR market had to shift toward the Remote Incident Response approach. There is no doubt that COVID accelerated the transition to the cloud, and the IR market all the while.

Machine learning (ML) created a new field of opportunities for autonomous solutions such as SOAR, and our more advanced XDR-based solutions, where XDR agents can spot and isolate infected endpoints from the network and provide an entire IR Solution over the Cloud.

A new generation of security solutions, such as XDR and SOAR, provides a high level of protection for low-budget companies with small cyber teams for the first time. These automated solutions solve part of the huge personnel deficit, which is now estimated at 4-5 million cyber experts. The problem is felt across all sectors, but in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises which remain unprotected. geektime.com

Attackers Undermining Multifactor Authentication
Cookies for MFA Bypass Gain Traction Among Cyberattackers

Multifactor authentication has gained adoption among organizations as a way of improving security, but increasing theft of browser cookies undermines that security.

Their tactics for initial access highlights a trend among attackers, who will buy passwords and cookies on the criminals underground use them to access cloud services and on-premises applications. In addition, when they do get access to a system, attackers prioritize stealing cookies for later use or for sale. Session cookies have become the way for attackers to bypass multifactor authentication (MFA) mechanism that otherwise protect systems and cloud services from attackers, says Andy Thompson, global research evangelist at CyberArk Labs.

"The crazy part is that this applies to all types of multifactor, because stealing these cookies bypasses both authentication and authorization," Thompson says. "Once you have authenticated using multifactor, that cookie is established on the endpoint, and the attacker can then use it for later access."

Stealing session cookies has become one of the most common ways that attackers circumvent multifactor authentication. The Emotet malware, the Raccoon Stealer malware-as-a-service, and the RedLine Stealer keylogger all have functionality for stealing sessions tokens from the browsers installed on a victim's system

"Cookies associated with authentication to Web services can be used by attackers in 'pass the cookie' attacks, attempting to masquerade as the legitimate user to whom the cookie was originally issued and gain access to Web services without a login challenge," Sean Gallagher, a threat researcher with Sophos, stated in the August blog post. darkreading.com

NATO Grapples with Rising Cyber Crises
White House cyber official advocates nimbler NATO to confront digital threats
A top White House cyber official spoke at a NATO meeting in Rome Thursday, convening with allies to hone plans for rapidly responding to nation-state hacks and other digital threats.

Thursday's meeting follows a June commitment from officials representing 30 NATO countries to significantly boost NATO's cyber defenses as an alliance and at the national level.

"Just as NATO is prepared to respond to kinetic [battlefield] crises our allies face, we must also be prepared to respond to cyber crises," said Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technologies at the White House. "We must be more nimble as an alliance ... in providing direct, technical and necessary support if a country faces a significant disruptive attack." cyberscoop.com

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10,000 Amazon Layoffs - 3% of Corporate Workforce
Amazon Is Said to Plan to Lay Off Thousands of Employees

The job cuts of approximately 10,000, which would start as soon as this week, would focus on the company's devices organization, retail division and human resources.

Amazon plans to lay off approximately 10,000 people in corporate and technology jobs starting as soon as this week, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be the largest job cuts in the company's history.

The cuts will focus on Amazon's devices organization, including the voice-assistant Alexa, as well as at its retail division and in human resources, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

The total number of layoffs remains fluid. But if it stays around 10,000, that would represent roughly 3 percent of Amazon's corporate employees and less than 1 percent of its global work force of more than 1.5 million, which is primarily composed of hourly workers.

Amazon's planned retrenchment during the critical holiday shopping season - when the company typically has valued stability - shows how quickly the souring global economy has put pressure on it to trim businesses that have been overstaffed or underdelivering for years.

Amazon would also become the latest technology company to lay off workers, which only recently it had been fighting to retain. Earlier this year, the e-commerce giant more than doubled the cap on cash compensation for its tech workers, citing "a particularly competitive labor market." nytimes.com

China's COVID Policy Puts Damper on Singles Day Sales
E-Commerce Giant Alibaba Reports Weak Singles Day Sales Growth

Annual shopping festival is another sign of depressed consumer sentiment under China's Covid-19 policy

China's largest annual shopping festival showed lackluster growth in one of its weakest performances since the e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. launched it in 2009, a fresh sign of depressed consumer sentiment under the country's stringent Covid-19 policy.

Alibaba on Friday didn't disclose exact sales figures for the first time since it started its signature event, known as Singles Day, saying the results were in line with last year's turnout. Alibaba reaped $84.5 billion in the total value of merchandise sold across its platforms last year, up 8.5% from 2020, the slowest increase since the company started the festival.

For more than a decade, Alibaba touted record-breaking sales numbers each year after the annual shopping festival. In addition to its comments regarding results being in line with last year, the Hangzhou, China-based company on Friday disclosed upbeat data showing sales expansion from international brands and agricultural products. Its rival JD.com Inc. also didn't reveal total sales numbers, saying that sales set a new high and that growth was faster than the industry average. wsj.com

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Menomonee Falls, WI: Over $7,000 in merchandise stolen from retailer in two days
Two thefts over the course of two days resulted in over $7,000 worth of merchandise being stolen from a Menomonee Falls retailer, and police are left seeking the public's help in locating the suspects. A male suspect entered the Ulta Beauty location on Falls Pkwy. at 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and allegedly stole around $6,420 worth of merchandise. He was last seen running towards the nearby Costco. Only a day earlier, two women entered the same store at 6:40 p.m. and are suspected of working together to steal nearly $1,000 worth of fragrances. The two fled on foot in an unknown direction. cbs58.com

Chisago City, MN: $20,000 of Diamonds recovered in grab and run theft
A robber who fled from Mueller Jewelers in Chisago City Thursday afternoon, with a full display card of diamond stud earrings, was apprehended a short time later and the jewelry recovered. Lakes Area Police Chief Schlumbohm said the 9-1-1 call came in about 2:16 p.m. Thursday, Nov 10. A staffer watched the male suspect cross Highway 8 on foot with the earring display card, and get into a vehicle parked on Stinson Avenue, a short distance west of the store. A photo of the suspected robber was obtained and when the car occupant was confirmed to be the same person, he was arrested. He is 25 years old and most recently is attached to a residence in Tucson Arizona but has prior addresses in St Paul and Minneapolis. With a search warrant in hand, the LAPD detective searched the vehicle and the earrings were found. They were estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 in value, the chief added. chisagocountypress.com

San Pablo, CA: Armed Suspects Hold Up San Pablo Jewelry Store: Police
Police are investigating a jewelry store robbery in San Pablo that happened Saturday. The incident occurred at around 4 p.m. at H-Bee Jewelry, located at the San Pablo Town Center. Police said multiple people were wearing masks and gloves. They held up workers at gunpoint before getting away with a large amount of jewelry. Store owners and customers in the area said Saturday that they are concerned and they would like to see a greater police presence. NBC Bay Area tried to talk to the owner of H Bee Jewelry, who was talking with police detectives for several hours. One of jewelry store owner's friends, who declined to speak on camera said the owner told him that the thieves broke in through a back door, avoiding security cameras and that they were in and out of the store within two minutes. nbcbayarea.com

Doylestown, PA: Multiple Rifles and Pistols Stolen from Target World in Overnight Robbery
Thieves broke into a New Britain gun store overnight on Nov. 12 and got away with multiple rifles and pistols. The robbery of Target World at the intersection of Butler Pike and County Line Road took place at about 4:15 Nov. 12. Five thieves dressed in black coats and hoodies can be seen in surveillance video smashing the glass on an entry door and letting themselves into the store. They are carrying bags. tapinto.net

Macedonia, OH: Home Depot thief leads police on high-speed chase
A man leading police on a car chase reaching speeds of up to 110 mph is still on the run, according to Macedonia police. On Nov. 5, police received a call from Home Depot Loss Prevention saying a man had exited the store with a cart of merchandise without paying and was headed out to the parking lot. Officers quickly pulled behind the blue BMW the suspect was driving, according to the incident report. Police said the car then took off. They said the car exited the Home Depot parking lot and pulled through several other stores' lots and driving on the opposite lane of traffic before eventually making his way to 271 north.

Officers reported the car emitting a "large amount of white smoke" as it began increasing speed, reaching 110 mph. According to police, the car swerved through several lanes of traffic and even began to pass on the left shoulder of the road. Police on scene were notified to end the pursuit, with Beachwood police informing them they were familiar with the car and aware of a man, Jay White, who lived as the same address as the owner of the vehicle. White matched the video of the man seen stealing from Home Depot, police said. The Stow Municipal Court charged White with failure to comply, a fifth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor theft charge, among other traffic-related offenses for the chase, according to court records. cleveland19.com

Delray Beach, FL: Boca Raton Man Allegedly Tried High-Value Theft From Target, Failed
For the second time in just a matter of days, a major retailer doing business in South Palm Beach County nabbed an alleged shoplifter after watching the alleged shoplifter allegedly shoplift on camera. The latest: Shaun Coletto of Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. According to a police report reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com, Coletto targeted Target at 1200 West Linton Blvd. According to police - documenting information provided by the store's loss prevention team - Coletto filled up his shopping cart like he was on a TV game show, but neglected to pay for anything as he quickly exited and tried to load up his car. But a Target Loss Prevention officer says he watched the whole thing happen before calling Delray Beach Police. The merchandise that was taken from Target was the following: GMC Headset priced at $299.99. Dyson priced at $499.99. Air filter priced at $15.29. Pet Toy priced at $7.99. Probable cause exists to charge Shaun Coletto with FSS 812.015(8) Shoplifting/Retail Theft over $750." bocanewsnow.com

San Pablo, CA: 2 Car loads of thieves hit a local Jewelry Store, in and out of store in 2 minutes

New York, NY: Suspects stole $1,000 in merchandise from NYC Home Depot

Mt Pleasant, WI: Racine woman, 20, faces felony charge for stealing $714.09 worth of kids clothes, toys from Walmart

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Shootings & Deaths

Chicago, IL: Alleged robber, grocery store clerk reportedly shot, killed each other
A robbery suspect and a grocery clerk fatally shot each other during an attempted holdup in the store, authorities said. The shootings Friday evening inside the El Barakah Supermarket in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood killed would-be robber Nicholas Williams, 24, and 63-year-old clerk Ali Hassan of Berwyn, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said. Williams entered the store around 6:20 p.m. and produced a handgun in an attempt to rob the store, but Hassan pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Williams in the chest, police said. Williams returned fire and shot Hassan in the chest and back. Williams ran from the store but collapsed about a block away and died, police said. Hassan, a Palestinian immigrant, was transported to University of Chicago Medical Center and was later pronounced dead. Two other people in the store were not hurt, police said. apnews.com

Fort Myers, FL: Police investigating homicide at strip mall, person of interest sought
Fort Myers police are investigating a homicide that occurred early Sunday. The homicide occurred around 2 a.m. in a strip mall at 3639 Palm Beach Boulevard. Police did not specify what business it happened in, but the strip mall is home to an ice cream shop, a convenience store, and a restaurant. Police have released an image of a person of interest in the case and are asking the public to help identify him. winknews.com

Fayetteville, NC: Cumberland Co. deputies arrest man in connection with early morning shooting that left 1 person dead
Cumberland County Sheriffs arrested and charged a man in connection with an overnight shooting that left one person dead. Bobbie Colston Farrior, 41, was arrested and charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Rafael Ramon Purdie. Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a shooting at the Carolina Motor Inn Gillespie Street at around 11 p.m. Deputies found Perdue with a gunshot wound and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. abc11.com

Police Arrest Woman After Shooting Inside Rohnert Park Sandwich Shop
A shooting inside a Rohnert Park restaurant Sunday evening left one person wounded, public safety officials said. Officers responded at 5:55 p.m. to Sourdough and Co. at 6356 Commerce Blvd. where a 19-year-old Santa Rosa woman allegedly opened fire. Injured was a 16-year-old Rohnert Park girl, according to the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety. She was taken to a hospital for injuries consistent with a bullet wound, public safety officials said. The suspect was identified as Jade Cutrer, an employee of Sourdough and Co. Cutrer was arrested a short distance from the restaurant as she was fleeing allegedly. Public safety officials said they don't know if Cutrer and the victim knew each other. nbcbayarea.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Miamisburg, OH: Police respond to reports of Armed robbery at Lowe's in Miamisburg
Crews were called to reports of an armed robbery at a Lowe's in Miamisburg Saturday afternoon. Around 3:55 p.m. crews were called to the Lowe's on Martin's Drive to reports of a customer who said a man tried to take her car keys. "He had a knife, he was trying to hold it to me," the caller tells dispatchers in a 911 call obtained through a public records request. Dispatch records indicate the suspect reportedly came behind the victim and put the knife to her neck. Dispatch records indicate that one person was taken into custody.  whio.com

Sacramento, CA: 5 hospitalized after SUV drives into Ross store in Sacramento
A vehicle drove into a Ross store on the 3700 Block of Truxel Road on Saturday night, according to the Sacramento Fire Department.. According to the fire department, five people were transported to a local hospital for further treatment. Firefighters said one person had significant injuries, while four had moderate ones. Police told FOX40, that the driver of the vehicle was driving under the influence and was in possession of narcotics. kron4.com

Gainesville, FL: Man arrested for Armed Robbery of Publix
Hunter Kaleb Burton, 23, was arrested late last night after allegedly demanding money from a Publix cashier while displaying a gun. A Gainesville Police Department Officer responded to the Publix at 9:56 p.m. last night following a report of a robbery. Employees at the store told the officer that the man had been in the store for over an hour before approaching a cashier and demanding two cash register trays from him. The man reportedly lifted his shirt to show the cashier his holstered firearm in his waistband. The cashier gave the man one tray containing $661.00 and a second tray containing $1,029.07 in cash and $48 in postage stamps. The man then reportedly took the two trays out to his truck. Officers used video footage to identify the truck as a silver Dodge Ram, and patrol units began looking for the truck. A truck matching the description was found in a nearby CVS parking lot, and officers made contact with Burton as he walked out to the truck. During the conversation, Burton reportedly stated that he was armed, and a loaded firearm was subsequently found in his waistband. Officers also reportedly saw a hat in the truck matching the description given by Publix employees, along with two cash register trays. alachuachronicle.com

Red Bank, NJ: Suspect Charged With Theft From Stores In Red Bank; 6 counts of burglary

Concord, NH: Man who stole Amazon truck leads police on chase through multiple New Hampshire towns



Spokane Valley, WA: Employees evacuated from Amazon location in Spokane Valley due to fire
A fire broke out at the Amazon Distribution Facility location in Spokane Valley, which resulted in 325 employees being evacuated from the building. The Spokane Valley Fire Department said units on the scene reported a fire in a recycling grinder and the attached large dumpster at the facility. SVFD says the fire has been contained to the machine and dumpster outside of the building. The building did not catch on fire, but smoke got into the warehouse through an interior loading door to the grinder. SVFD sent other units for precautionary measures to help put out the fire. No one was hurt by the fire. kxly.com



Amazon - Concord, NH - Robbery
Beauty- Menomonee Falls, WI - Robbery
C-Store- Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery / owner and susp killed
C-Store - Springfield, OH - Armed Robbery / Susp wounded by Police
C-Store - Greensboro, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Dauphin County, PA- Armed Robbery
C-Store - White Oak, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Raleigh, NC - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Merced, CA - Armed Robbery
Guns - Doylestown, PA - Burglary
Hardware - New York, NY - Robbery
Hardware - Miamisburg, OH - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Cleveland, OH - Robbery
Jewelry - Chisago City, MN - Robbery
Jewelry - Concord, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Willow Grove PA - Robbery
Jewelry - Medford, OR - Robbery
Jewelry - Southaven, MS - Robbery
Jewelry - Auburn, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Peoria, IL - Robbery
Jewelry - Atlanta, GA - Robbery
Jewelry - Greensboro, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Greensboro, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Sumter, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Springfield PA - Burglary
Jewelry - San Pablo, CA - Burglary
Tobacco - Staten Island, NY - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 25 robberies
• 3 burglaries
• 2 shootings
• 1 killed

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