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Before joining Arc'teryx Equipment as Sr. Manager of Brand & Asset Protection, Brittney spent more than a year with Amazon as Multi-Site Lead AMZL. Prior to that, she spent eight years with Abercrombie & Fitch Co. in various LP roles, including Senior District Manager of Asset Protection and Senior Asset Protection Investigator. Earlier in her career, she spent more than five years with JCPenney. Congratulations, Brittney!

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Retail Crime Legislation Effort

Midterms Are Over: Keep the Pressure on Congress to Tackle ORC
NRF: Tell Congress to Take Action to Fight the Retail Crime Surge

Join with the National Retail Federation (NRF) in pushing for congressional action on the retail industry's top two priorities to address organized retail crime and theft.

Taking action only takes one minute - add your voice along with thousands of retail professionals, and tell Congress to act on our top two priorities.

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NRF's priorities include:

INFORM Consumers Act (S.936/H.R. 5502): Requires online marketplaces to verify the identity of high-volume third-party sellers to help curb the sale of stolen and counterfeit merchandise. NRF supports inclusion of the INFORM Act in the pending Senate National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) manager's amendment.

Combatting Organized Retail Crime Act (S.5046/H.R. 9177): Establishes a new Organized Retail Crime Coordination Center that will help federal, state and local law enforcements agencies better coordinate to effectively combat criminal activities. Recently introduced in both chambers of Congress, NRF is advocating for additional cosponsors.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

America's Homicide Epidemic
One out of every 179 Americans will eventually be murdered if crime rate continues, study finds

Nearly 40% of police departments nationwide did not provide complete data on 2021 crime to the FBI

A study examining murders in 2021 based on death certificate data projects that one out 179 Americans will eventually be murdered over the course of their lifetimes if the country's murder rate remains at 2021 levels.

Just Facts undertook a massive project to examine how many people were murdered in 2021 after weeks of news outlets and experts reporting there is no definitive figure for 2021 murders due to newly-released FBI data for that year being incomplete and based on estimates.

America was throttled by violent crimes in 2020, when murders spiked by nearly 30% compared to the prior year. It marked the largest single-year increase in killings since the agency began tracking crimes. Experts who have previously spoken to Fox News Digital pointed to calls to defund the police, the riots of 2020, the Ferguson effect - when police pull back amid a spike in violent crime and unrest - and the COVID pandemic for contributing to the bloodshed of 2020.

But nearly 40% of police departments nationwide did not provide complete data on 2021 crime to the FBI by the March deadline of this year.

The FBI estimates that between 21,300 to 24,600 people were murdered last year, but that data is buried within its report, Just Facts outlines in its study, "As Murders Soar, FBI Buries the Data." Some outlets, such as NewsNation, have reported the murders were much lower, at 14,677, and heralded it as proof murders are on a downward trend.

But as Just Facts points out in its study, the number released by the FBI does not fully capture the actual number of murders in 2021. The 14,677 figure is accompanied by caveats that only 11,794 of 18,806 law enforcement agencies in the country actually reported the crime data to the FBI and noted that the decrease was due to "an overall decrease in participation from agencies." foxnews.com

Efforts to Crackdown on Holiday Shoplifting
Police aim to put a lid on shoplifting during busiest shopping season of the year

Mentor Police Captain Mike Majernik has a message for holiday shoppers in Northeast Ohio, "If you plan on stealing, don't come to Mentor."

According to the Department of Justice, the total loss from shoplifting ranges from 1-5 percent of a store's annual stock turnover with at least 5 percent of customers shoplifting.

The frequency of the offense is greatest for boys between ages 10 and 18, and for girls between ages 12 and 20. Mentor Police are taking a particular interest in the popular shopping destination in the city of Mentor, the Great Lakes Mall.

Malls are popular spots for thefts, shoplifting, and robberies in the parking lots. Captain Majernik has made it known that he and his department is not having it.

"We are back in the stores. We are going to have undercover police in the stores, in the parking lots and in contact with the loss prevention officers to combat retail theft. Stores are here to make money and theft can really drive out businesses if there is a huge loss."

It's not only an effort to help local businesses from sustaining losses financially, but to protect the community while they brave the crowds to complete their holiday shopping lists. wkyc.com

Santa Fe Police Department Targets Shoplifters as Crime Rates Remain Steady

UK Grappling with Same Retail Violence Surge as the U.S.

70% of Retail Associates Suffering Abuse & Violence
USDAW Survey Reveals 20% of Retail Staff Not Reporting Acts of Violence
A new annual survey from Usdaw has revealed that over 20% of retail staff are not reporting assault or acts of violence due to lacking confidence that it would make a difference.

The retail trade union published the shocking statistics at the beginning of this year's Respect for Shopworkers Week, which features responses from over 4,600 supermarket workers across the UK.

Usdaw's findings show that 5% of colleagues have been assaulted while on shift over the last year, and 20% of those who had been assaulted did not report the incident.

With rising crime rates amid the cost-of-living crisis and grocery price inflation hitting a record 14.7%, approximately 45% of staff surveyed said they were not confident that reporting abuse, threats and violence would make a difference.

The annual Respect for Shopworkers Week runs from 14-20 November this year, with Usdaw members raising awareness of the union's year-round Freedom from Fear Campaign and talking to the public to promote a message of 'respect for shopworkers'.

Additionally, the report also found that 71% of staff have experienced verbal abuse, and 48% were threatened by a customer.

This week, Usdaw activists will be campaigning in their workplaces and communities calling on the public to 'respect shopworkers' and 'keep your cool', particularly in the run-up to Christmas when the number of incidents increases as shops get busy and customers become frustrated.

"It is shocking that over 7 in 10 of our members working in retail are suffering abuse from customers, with far too many experiencing threats and violence," Usdaw general secretary, Paddy Lillis said.
Keeping Products Under Lock & Key
UK: Another retailer hides make-up to deter theft
Shoppers noticed stocks of make-up were low and some display areas were actually empty. She said: "I queried this at the till. The cashier pointed behind her and explained that the No7 toiletries had all been moved.

"She added that if a customer could not find what they wanted among the remaining items in the make-up section, the shop would order it in. "The reason for all this? The cashier told me that it's the sheer number of thieves who come into the store, then simply help themselves and run off. henleystandard.co.uk

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COVID Update

646.5M Vaccinations Given

US: 99.9M Cases - 1.1M Dead - 97.4M Recovered
Worldwide: 640.7M Cases - 6.6M Dead - 620.4M Recovered

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Masks Are Here to Stay
Why Masks Still Matter Even as COVID Threat Declines
Mask use is on the decline in the United States. Recent public polling shows that nearly two thirds of Americans never or rarely wear a mask outside their homes, a sharp rise from just a quarter during the height of the Omicron wave in January 2022. There are many reasons for the decline in masking. These include pandemic fatigue, a justified perception that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us (there has been a sustained decline in daily COVID-19 deaths), widespread COVID-19 vaccination (80% of Americans have now had at least one vaccine dose), reduced federal and state efforts to provide free high quality masks to the public, and the removal of mask mandates.

Despite these trends, it is important for the public to know that community masking can help prevent the spread of a range of respiratory infections. The Centers for Disease Control notes that flu hospitalization rates are higher than usual for the time of year, an additional impetus to promote mask use. A useful analogy is to think of masks like umbrellas, says Simon Nicholas Williams, a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Swansea in Wales. When it's raining or the forecast is for rain, we take an umbrella out with us. "But just as there's no need to carry an umbrella with us when it's sunny," he says, "we needn't be expected to wear masks all the time."

Respiratory disease transmission can be divided broadly into spread by droplets, which are larger than 5 microns and fall quickly to the ground, and aerosols, which are smaller than 5 microns and can float in the air for hours as well as be inhaled. The science of such transmission suggests that all viruses and bacteria that travel by these routes should similarly be stopped by mitigation measures that broadly target these routes-including high quality masks such as N95 or KN95s that block both droplets and aerosols. time.com

How the 'Tripledemic' is Impacting the Workforce
RSV, covid and flu are keeping kids out of school - and parents out of work
A new round of viral infections - flu, RSV, covid-19 and the common cold - is colliding with staffing shortages. More than 100,000 Americans missed work last month because of child-care problems, an all-time high that's even greater than during the height of the pandemic, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those absences are rippling across the economy and straining families and businesses, just as many thought they'd turned a corner. "We have sick kids at the same time we have a child-care crisis - you put the two together and there just isn't any wiggle room," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at KPMG. "People are falling through the cracks. It means missed paychecks, disruptions at home, and staffing shortages that erode productivity growth and increase costs at a time when we're already worried about those things."

Nearly three years into the coronavirus pandemic, families, businesses and health-care facilities say they're under renewed pressure. Children's hospitals nationwide are at capacity, in large part because of RSV and other respiratory viruses. Workplaces are reporting unfilled shifts and lost revenue as employees call out for extended periods of time. And parents are, once again, caught in an impossible position, balancing sick children, school closures and workplace demands. washingtonpost.com

Preparing for the 'Tripledemic'
Doctors urge COVID-19 and flu vaccines ahead of holidays, as flu cases surge
As hospitals and emergency rooms fill up amid a surge of flu cases, doctors are warning people to get vaccinated for that and COVID-19, especially ahead of the holiday season. The flu is already hitting hard, with 22 states and Washington, D.C., reporting high levels of activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC also said the hospitalization rate for flu is at the highest for this early in the season in a decade. Dr. Daniel Guzman, of Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, said the one-two punch of RSV - a respiratory illness common in children - and flu cases has filled up his emergency room. He added that the rate of cases in the hospital nearly doubled in the last week from 172 to almost 338 flu patients. cbsnews.com

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Retail's Facial Recognition Expansion
Will retailers use facial recognition tech to reshape store layouts?
New university research explores how grocers can take advantage of in-store cameras employing advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to read facial expressions - raising an eyebrow, opening eyes, smiling - to enhance store layouts.

"Emotion recognition algorithms work by employing computer vision techniques to locate the face, and identify key landmarks on the face, such as corners of the eyebrows, tip of the nose and corners of the mouth," said Dr. Kien Nguyen of Australia's Queensland University of Technology, in a press release.

He added, "Other behaviors like staring at a product and reading the box of a product are a gold mine for marketing to understand the interest of customers in a product."

Researchers note that while use of facial recognition in the retail setting is "still controversial" due to privacy concerns, the footage data can be de-identified or made anonymous so that customers would be examined only at an aggregate level.

AI has also become widely used with in-store cameras for shoplifting prevention and increasingly used for applications such as pay-with-your-face, check-out free grocery stores, and visual and voice search, according to the study.

Along with understanding emotions through facial cues and customer characterization, layout managers could employ heatmap analytics, human trajectory tracking and customer action recognition techniques to inform their decisions.

Privacy concerns haven't abated. In July, Kmart and Bunnings in Australia were forced to pause the use of facial recognition technology in their stores they claimed was being used for security purposes amid an investigation from Australia's privacy regulator. retailwire.com

$3.1B Walmart Opioid Settlement
Walmart to Pay $3.1 Billion to Settle Opioid Lawsuits

Retailer joins CVS, Walgreens in landmark settlement with states, cities and tribes

Walmart Inc. has agreed to pay $3.1 billion to settle opioid-crisis lawsuits brought by several U.S. states and municipalities, adding to a landmark settlement with rival pharmacy chains.

The agreement resolves a collection of lawsuits brought by states, cities and Native American tribes. Earlier this month, CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. agreed to pay roughly $5 billion apiece to settle the lawsuits. The companies didn't admit wrongdoing in their deals.

The Walmart agreement was announced the same morning that the retail giant reported its latest quarterly results. The company said it took $3.3 billion in charges in the last quarter related to opioid settlements.

Each state, local government and tribe will need to decide whether to participate in the settlement. Plaintiff's attorneys that lead negotiations are encouraging them to do so, saying the payments hold the pharmacies accountable for their alleged roles in the opioid abuse.

Walmart said in a statement that it strongly disputes allegations made in the lawsuits and that the settlement isn't an admission of liability. The company said its settlement payments will reach communities faster than other deals. CVS is paying out over 10 years, and Walgreens over 15 years.

Walmart has roughly half as many locations as either CVS or Walgreens, which combined have roughly 19,000 U.S. drugstores. Walmart has faced scrutiny related to how it prescribed opioids from the federal government.

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit in December 2020 over its alleged role in the opioid crisis, claiming Walmart sought to boost profits by understaffing its pharmacies and pressuring employees to fill prescriptions quickly. The settlement with the states doesn't cover the federal case, which Walmart has sought to have dismissed. wsj.com

The Progressive View of the Kroger-Albertsons Merger
Op-Ed: How Albertsons, Kroger merger could hurt California's economy
Federal and state regulators have the power - and the obligation - to prevent monopolies that gouge our pocketbooks. If they don't, consumers could wind up paying even higher prices for essentials while stores shutter.

Attorneys general in California and five other states filed lawsuits to halt the $4 billion dividend until regulatory review of the merger is completed, but a federal court denied the petition. Fortunately, a Washington court has issued a temporary restraining order, but it's only a pause on the payment.

Consumers depend on fair play when they go to the grocery store. Elected leaders from the local to federal level must urge the Federal Trade Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission to stop this merger to protect shoppers, jobs and communities.

It is urgent to act now because Albertsons is providing Kroger with a powerful "failing firm" defense of the merger. The $4 billion dividend Albertsons wants to pay out to its private equity shareholders is one-third of its current value, and sets up a potential Albertsons bankruptcy since the company is ravaged by debt.

Instead of having workers struggle with wages below the cost of living and disrespectful work requirements, Kroger and Albertsons can use the $4 billion dividend to pay their workers more, make stores safer or lower prices for customers pinching every penny they can.

This merger will just bring more pain to California's communities - more families struggling to buy groceries, more understaffed and unsafe stores, and more jobs lost. calmatters.org

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Walgreens Closures Under Fire in Boston
Boston officials accuse Walgreens of 'racism' for closing some stores
Boston city officials have accused Walgreens of racism after the pharmacy giant said it would be closing three stores in primarily Black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

The statement came in response to Walgreens announcing it was closing three pharmacies in the Boston neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Nubian Square and Mattapan - all of which are mostly non-white working-class communities.

Councilor Brian Worrell also accused Walgreens of closing these facilities without conducting studies on the possible impacts or giving enough notice to customers. On Wednesday, the city council passed a resolution requesting that Walgreens postpone all closures of Boston locations until it meets certain commitments.

City councilors argued that having a Walgreens in the neighborhood was vital for many residents who do not have cars, are low-income and need access to medicines and household goods. foxbusiness.com

Retailers' biggest holiday wish is to get rid of all that excess inventory
Walmart, Target, Gap, Kohl's and others are trying to sell through a glut of extra merchandise piling up in store backrooms and warehouses.

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Retailers Vulnerable to Black Friday Cyberattacks
UK: Retail sector vulnerable to cyberattacks over Black Friday weekend

Retailers were more likely to have significant vulnerabilities than other organisations

Britain's retail sector is one of the worst equipped to deal with cyber attacks ahead of the busy Black Friday and Christmas period, according to security advisor Coalfire.

Some 64% of retail brands have at least one significant cybersecurity weakness that could be easily exploited by a hacker, according to Coalfire's data.

Coalfire conducted 1,500 penetration tests on 564 businesses, it said, simulating real-world cyberattacks, adding that retailers were more likely to have significant vulnerabilities than other organisations.

Financial services were second, with 61% having at least one significant vulnerability, followed by healthcare with 57% and tech with 56%.

Cyber-attacks have been on the rise this year, boosting business for cybersecurity firms such as Darktrace and Crossword Cybersecurity.

Darktrace upped its profit guidance as the fear of a cyberwar in Ukraine increased demand for defence services, while Crossword reported a 85% increase in sales due to the "rising number" of attacks.

The impact of a cyber-attack on a retail business has already been seen, when TheWorks was forced to close its stores as a result of a hack earlier this year. proactiveinvestors.co.uk

CISOs Facing Rapid Changes in the External Threat Landscape
How can CISOs catch up with the security demands of their ever-growing networks?
Vulnerability management has always been as much art as science. However, the rapid changes in both IT networks and the external threat landscape over the last decade have made it exponentially more difficult to identify and remediate the vulnerabilities with the greatest potential impact on the enterprise.

With a record of 18,378 vulnerabilities reported by the National Vulnerability Database in 2021 and an influx of new attack techniques targeting increasingly complex and distributed environments, how can CISOs know where to start?

AdvertisementWhy has maintaining network visibility become such a challenge?

Heavy investments into digital transformation and cloud migration have rendered significant, foundational changes to the enterprise IT environment. Gartner predicts end-user spending on public cloud services will reach almost 600 billion in 2023, up from an estimated $494.7 billion this year and $410.9 in 2021.

Long gone are the days when security teams could concern themselves only with connections to and from the data center; now they must establish effective visibility and control of a sprawling, complex network that includes multiple public clouds, SaaS services, legacy infrastructure, the home networks of remote users, etc. Corporate assets are no longer limited to servers, workstations, and a few printers; teams must now secure virtual machines on premise and in the cloud, IoT devices, mobile devices, microservices, cloud data stores, and much more - making visibility and monitoring infinitely more complex and challenging.

In many cases, security investments have not kept up with the rapid increase in network scope and complexity. In other cases, agile processes have outpaced security controls. This results in security teams struggling to achieve effective visibility and control of their networks, resulting in misconfigurations, compliance violations, unnecessary risk, and improperly prioritized vulnerabilities that provide threat actors with easy attack paths.

Adversaries are specifically targeting these blind spots and security gaps to breach the network and evade detection. helpnetsecurity.com

North Korea Stole $1B in Crypto So Far This Year
How North Korea became a mastermind of crypto cybercrime

Cryptocurrency theft has become one of the regime's main sources of revenue.

The successful crypto heists illustrate North Korea's growing sophistication as a malign cyber actor. Western security agencies and cyber security companies treat it as one of the world's four principal nation-state-based cyber threats, alongside China, Russia, and Iran.

According to a UN panel of experts monitoring the implementation of international sanctions, money raised by North Korea's criminal cyber operations are helping to fund the country's illicit ballistic missile and nuclear programs. Anne Neuberger, US deputy national security adviser for cyber security, said in July that North Korea "uses cyber to gain, we estimate, up to a third of their funds for their missile program."

Crypto analysis firm Chainalysis estimates that North Korea stole approximately $1 billion in the first nine months of 2022 from decentralized crypto exchanges alone.

The rapid collapse last week of FTX, one of the biggest exchanges, has highlighted the opacity, erratic regulation, and speculative frenzies that have been the central features of the market for digital assets. North Korea's growing use of crypto heists has also served to demonstrate the absence of meaningful international regulation of the same markets. arstechnica.com

The Lasting Mental Impact of Ransomware Attacks
Video: The psychological fallout of a ransomware crisis
Northwave has conducted scientific research into the psychological fallout of a ransomware crisis on both organizations and individuals. The findings reveal the deep marks that a ransomware crisis leaves on all those affected. It also shows how their IT and security teams can turn into disarray long after the problem has passed.

In this Help Net Security video, Inge van der Beijl, Director Behaviour & Resilience at Northwave, talks about the research findings and illustrates how the psychological impact of ransomware attacks can persist on people in affected organizations for a very long time. helpnetsecurity.com

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New Amazon Robot Has Workers Fearing for their Jobs
Amazon's new robot should strike fear into its hundreds of thousands of warehouse workers

The robot could reduce the company's reliance on human warehouse workers.

The tech giant unveiled a robot on Thursday that's capable of identifying individual items that vary in shape, size, and texture. Sparrow can also pick these up via the suction cups attached to its surface and place them into separate plastic crates.

Sparrow is the first robot Amazon has revealed of its kind and it has the potential to wipe out significant numbers of the company's warehouse workers. The arm can identify approximately 65% of Amazon's inventory, the company told CNBC. Until now, this sort of sophisticated identification has been reserved for the company's human employees.

"Working with our employees, Sparrow will take on repetitive tasks, enabling our employees to focus their time and energy on other things, while also advancing safety," the company said in a post announcing Sparrow on its site. "At the same time, Sparrow will help us drive efficiency by automating a critical part of our fulfillment process so we can continue to deliver for customers." businessinsider.com

Amazon Loses Record-Breaking $1 Trillion in Value
Amazon Is The First Company Ever to Lose $1 Trillion in Value

Other tech companies have lost value since their pandemic boom too, but none has lost quite so much.

This week Amazon became first public company ever to lose over $1 trillion in value. By market close Friday, Amazon's market cap had already perked back up, topping $1.02 trillion. But the record it set Wednesday will live on.

Amazon isn't the only company feeling the impact of a shaky economy and a return to life outside the home after the initial COVID-19 lockdowns. Microsoft's market value peaked at around $2.5 trillion and sat at $1.84 trillion as of market close Friday. Meta, formerly known as Facebook, reached just over $1 trillion in value in August 2021 and sat just under $300 billion as of market close Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 7% since the start of 2022 but has been lower at times this year.

Other sectors are hurting too. Video game sales are expected to fall overall in 2022. Likewise, media streamers boomed in 2021, but giants like Netflix are looking for more revenue amid financial instability.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy recently launched a cost-cutting review of the company, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. That apparently includes suspending or eliminating unprofitable projects and reassigning employees. Amazon is also taking a close look at its device business, which includes Alexa-enabled smart speakers, the report noted. cnet.com

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St Louis County, MO: Suspects steal over $22K in merchandise from Kohl's
Four Texas women are being held on $75,000 cash-only bonds for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from St. Louis department stores. According to the St. Louis County Police Department, 33-year-old Lavina Ghelmegeanu, 39-year-old Desdemona Dila, 31-year-old Ana Curuera and 32-year-old Ecsmira Vasile were charged with stealing $750 or more. Police said the women entered the Kohl's department store on Gravois Bluffs Plaza Drive in Fenton at about 2:30 p.m. Friday and stole more than $12,000 worth of cosmetics from the Sephora located within the store. The women were found in possession of the stolen cosmetics as well as merchandise stolen from other area Kohl's stores. In total, more than $22,000 in stolen merchandise was recovered. kmov.com

Suisun City police continue probe into armed robbery of pot shop
Four armed men robbed a Suisun City dispensary of cash and marijuana late Sunday night, but the thieves made a getaway, the Suisun City Police Department reported. In a social media post, department officials said dispatchers received a call at 10:55 p.m. about a vehicle that had crashed into a fence at a "business in the 500 block of Railroad Ave." While police did not identify the business in their post, another social media site, Solano County Community Awareness, identified the business. While responding to the collision, dispatchers received additional information that someone had a gun at the location and a possible robbery was in progress. At about 11 p.m. officers arrived on scene but the suspects were gone. The investigation revealed four armed men approached an employee to gain access to the dispensary. "The men held the employees at gunpoint and stole merchandise and currency from the store," the post's author wrote, adding that officers canvassed the scene for evidence and witnesses. thereporter.com

Oak Forest, IL: Thieves ram stolen car into Oak Forest gun range, steal 23 guns
Plywood covered a front window panel at the Eagle Gun Range on Monday morning. That is where thieves used a stolen car to smash their way into the range and make off with nearly two dozen guns. Security cameras captured numerous images of the suspects who were wearing stocking caps and masks. Police released several of the images, hoping someone may recognize the suspects. "Concerning, yes," said Giovanni Magana, a customer. "They're gonna have a bunch of guys running around shooting, selling guns under the table, so it's scary, you know?" Police said they responded to an alarm at the store at 5900 West 159th Street a little after 3:00 a.m. on Sunday. They recovered the stolen vehicle. Detectives said there were four suspects, who were able to steal 23 guns before fleeing the scene. abc7chicago.com

Jonesboro, AR: Smash and Grab Jewelry Robbery at JC Penney
An evening smash-and-grab in Craighead County has those in one community wondering if they're safe. On Sunday, Nov. 13, Jonesboro police responded to a robbery at the JCPenney on Highland Drive, where employees said five men smashed cases and ran off jewelry. kait8.com

Suwannee County, FL: Three suspects accused of shoplifting at multiple stores captured
According to the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office (SCSO), they responded to a report of four suspects that were shoplifting at Walmart. SCSO says a loss prevention employee told the deputy these suspects were going to multiple Walmart locations in a Uhaul van they rented. The suspects were also seen inside of a local Walmart and where they tried to leave without paying for their items. They were later stopped by an employee. "While he was speaking to the Walmart loss prevention employee, she advised him that two of the same subjects were now running out of Hibbett Sports carrying merchandise," according to the Suwannee County Sheriff's Facebook page. After demanding multiple times, the K9 then captured the driver Peter Joe Knight, who suffered a K9 bite. Deputies say they searched the truck and found the stolen items from Hibbett Sports along with cocaine. mycbs4.com

Odessa, TX: Man with 17 prior theft convictions accused of stealing Tide Pods
An Odessa man with multiple theft convictions on his record was arrested earlier this month for allegedly stealing again. Tony Hudson, 53, has been charged with felony Theft. According to court records, on November 8, officers with the Odessa Police Department were called to United Supermarket on E 8th Street to investigate a shoplifting suspect. Officers said a man, later identified as Hudson, was caught on camera stuffing two hoodie style jackets and four containers of Tide Pods. Hudson then tried to exit the store without paying for the merchandise, valued at more than $150, but was stopped by employees. Investigators then discovered Hudson has been convicted of theft at least 17 times; most recently, he was convicted of theft in Ector County in February. Hudson was arrested and taken to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center where he remained as of Monday afternoon. His bond has been set at $5,000. yourbasin.com

Cabarrus County, NC: Cabarrus County Deputy named North Carolina CORCA North Carolina Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
A Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office investigator was given the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance. The CORCA board, presented the award to Investigator Joe Calabro in person Thursday, Nov. 10. Calabro was an integral part in two large-scale investigations that dismantled two separate organized retail theft operations in the past year. "The partnership between law enforcement and retail loss prevention officers is extremely important in combatting this growing crime trend," the sheriff's office wrote in a Facebook post. "The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office is proud of Deputy Calabro and the hard work and dedication he brought to these investigations and the many others he works throughout the year."  independenttribune.com

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Shootings & Deaths

St. Louis County, MO: Major Case Squad activated for fatal shooting at Gas Station in Cool Valley
The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis is investigating the homicide of a person Sunday night at a gas station in Cool Valley, Missouri. Major Case Squad said that at about 6:30 p.m. Normandy Police Department received and responded to a call for shots fired at gas station in the 1700 block of South Florissant Road. Officers at the scene did not locate a victim, so they left the scene. Just after 11 p.m., officers were called back to the scene for a victim of a gunshot wound found in a vehicle. Normandy police then requested the Major Case Squad to investigate the fatal shooting. Major Case Squad said no information about the victim would be released at the time.  ksdk.com

Newark, DE: Man charged with fatally stabbing owner of Glasgow pizza shop Sunday night
Marked and unmarked Delaware State Police vehicles were parked outside La Piazza Di Caruso restaurant and a Dollar Tree store Sunday night following a stabbing in Glasgow's Peoples Plaza that left La Piazza's owner dead. The incident occurred just before 6:15 p.m., Delaware State Police said Monday. The pizza shop was open at the time of the stabbing. According to police, troopers were called to the business after receiving reports of the assault. There, they found the 41-year-old owner, whom they have not yet publicly identified, stabbed multiple times. He died at the restaurant, police said. Police said the suspect, 22-year-old Erik Hilton, entered the pizza shop and confronted the owner of the store. Hilton then attacked the owner and ran from the scene. delawareonline.com

New Haven, CT: Liquor Store owner shot during Armed Robbery
A store clerk was shot during a robbery at a New Haven liquor store on Saturday night, according to police. The New Haven Police Department responded to Yale Bowl Liquor Store at 85 Derby Avenue around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a shooting. Officers found the store clerk, a 53-year-old Wallingford man, who had been shot during an apparent robbery, police said. According to police, the clerk was seriously injured in the incident and transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for treatment. He was listed in stable condition, police said.  courant.com

Colorado Springs, CO: Robbery suspect fires gun in northeast 7-Eleven
An armed suspect fired a gun inside a northeast Colorado Springs store Sunday night, according to Colorado Springs police. Around 9 p.m., the suspect entered the 7-Eleven convenience store near the intersection of Woodmen and Marksheffel roads and demanded money from an employee, police said. When the employee refused, the suspect fired a round inside the store. gazette.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Austin, TX: Shoplifter accused of stabbing Deputy at H-E-B in Southeast Austin
A man accused of stabbing a Bastrop County deputy at an H-E-B in Southeast Austin on Saturday now faces a charge of attempted capital murder, according to Austin police. Investigators say Jaime Canales, 40, stabbed the deputy at an H-E-B on East Riverside Drive. The deputy, whose identity was not made public Monday, had just arrived at the H-E-B when he went to help the store's loss prevention team with a shoplifting issue, police said. Surveillance video captured from the store's cameras show Canales shoplifting throughout the store, police said, so employees stopped him and asked for the items back. Canales gave the merchandise back, but then asked for law enforcement. The deputy, who was trying to help the employees, spoke with Canales for just a moment before the man stabbed him multiple times, including in the neck, according to police. The deputy was taken to the hospital and had to have surgery to treat his injuries, according to investigators. As of Monday afternoon, he was recovering from his injuries. The deputy is also a former Austin police officer, authorities said. Canales, who admitted to stabbing the deputy to investigators, was charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer. statesman.com

New York, NY: NYPD searching for suspects following armed robbery in Diamond District
Police are investigating a robbery in the Diamond District. CBS2's Ali Bauman was at the scene of a jewelry store heist Monday night and reported that the suspects are still on the loose. Investigators were dusting for fingerprints inside the store on West 47th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Police say at around 8:30 p.m. two men wearing all black with black masks went inside and robbed the store at gunpoint before taking off in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is unclear how much was taken, and whether they stole cash or jewelry. cbsnews.com

New Orleans, LA: Suspect sought in Armed Robbery of Boost Mobile in Central City
Police are asking the public's help to identify and locate the suspect who robbed a Central City phone store last week. The armed man entered the Boost Mobile store in the 2800 block of South Claiborne Avenue last Tuesday (Nov. 8) around 7:19 p.m., when only one employee was inside. A surveillance video provided Monday by the New Orleans Police Department shows the masked man or teen boy clutching a handgun in his waistband and ordering the employee to open a cash register, before he yanks the cash drawer out himself and walks out the door with it. fox8live.com

Monroe, LA: Lowe's Home Improvement worker arrested after stealing nearly $11K in fraud refunds
From June 1, 2022, to November 9, 2022, Monroe Police discovered that 22-year-old Daphnee Walters allegedly stole $10,900 from Lowe's Home Improvement by making fraudulent refunds. According to police, a manager at the store advised authorities that Walters admitted to the theft. Once police made contact with Walters, she admitted to officers that she made the theft by stealing the cash during the refund process. Walters was arrested and transported to the Ouachita Correctional Center. She was charged with Felony Theft. cenlanow.com



Boost - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Sioux Falls, SD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Greenville, NC - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Honolulu, HI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Pahrump, NV - Robbery
C-Store - Prospect, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Oakland, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Canton, GA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Newington, CT - Armed Robbery
Clothing - Cullman, AL - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Adrian, MI - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Suffolk County, NY - Robbery
Grocery - Lebanon, PA - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Portland, OR - Armed Robbery
Guns - Oak Forest, IL - Burglary
Jewelry - Ohatchee, AL - Burglary
Jewelry - New York, NY - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Jonesboro, AR - Robbery
Jewelry - North Charleston, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Overland Park, KS - Robbery
Jewelry - Garden City, NY - Robbery
Liquor - Grand Island, NE - Armed Robbery
Marijuana - Suisun City, CA - Armed Robbery
Pharmacy - Oak Ridge, NC - Burglary
Restaurant - Charleston, SC - Armed Robbery (Taco Bell)
Sports - Suwannee County, FL - Robbery
Tobacco - Muncie, IN - Robbery
Vape - Denton, TX - Robbery
Walmart - Suwannee County, FL - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 28 robberies
• 3 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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