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Larry Spicer named VP of Loss Prevention and Risk Management for Jewelers Mutual

Spicer has held leadership positions at Aurora Healthcare, Home Depot, and Kohl's. Most recently Spicer was the Director, Public Safety at Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee where he was responsible for the development and implementation of security strategies and procedures to safeguard over 70,000 team members. During his first few months at Jewelers Mutual, he will work closely with David Sexton, who is retiring after 39 years with the company. Congratulations, Larry!

Michael Gray named Division Vice President for Dollar General

Before being named Division Vice President for Dollar General, Michael was with Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Inc. and Sears Holdings Corporation for a combined total of 16+ years. He started at Sears Holdings in 2003 as Divisional Vice President, Loss Prevention and his most recent position with Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores was SVP, Chief Operating Officer. Earlier in his career, he held LP positions with Things Remembered, PetSmart and Builder Square. Congratulations, Michael!

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Billion-Dollar Art Heist in Dresden, Germany

Thieves Use Fire, Axes to Plunder Priceless Historical Treasure


Axe-wielding thieves appear to have pulled off the biggest art heist in decades after they broke into one of Europe's largest collections of treasures and made off with glittering objects valued at as much as $1 billion.

The daring robbery happened in the early hours of Monday in the German city of Dresden. Burglars forced entry to
the Green Vault - housed in a former royal palace called the Residenzschloss - which has been the home of a historic collection of diamonds and other jewels for centuries.

Surveillance video released by German authorities showed the intruders using an axe to smash glass display cases to make off with hundreds of priceless artifacts in what police are calling the
largest art heist since the Second World War.

The thieves - who reportedly escaped the scene in an Audi A6 and are now on the run - reportedly started a fire in the early hours of Monday that led to a power failure at the palace, disarming the elaborate network of security alarms. German media has reported the thieves then twisted back iron grill bars on a ground-floor window to gain access to the treasury's historic collection.

The Green Vault has been an international tourist destination since 1724, when it first opened to the public, according to The Guardian. It was heavily damaged during the Second World War during Winston Churchill's controversial bombing campaign that destroyed the city of Dresden. The vault was successfully restored and there was a grand reopening in 2006. thedailybeast.com

Another CEO out after 'consensual relationship' with employee
Well-known retail veteran Joe Magnacca has resigned as chief executive of Massage Envy.

The nation's largest provider of therapeutic massage and skincare services announced that Magnacca, who was appointed CEO in January 2016, has stepped down after he acknowledged having engaged in "a brief consensual relationship with an employee." According to Massage Envy,
Magnacca himself brought the information to the attention of the company's board, which then conducted an investigation.

Prior to joining Massage Envy, Magnacca served as CEO of Radio Shack, from 2013 to 2015. Before that, he served as president, daily living products & solutions, Walgreens, 2011 to 2013, and in executive positions at Duane Reade, 2008 to 2011, and Shoppers Drug Mart, 2001 to 2008. Before that, he was with Loblaw Companies, 1984 -2011.

Earlier this month, McDonald's fired CEO Steve Easterbrook, saying he "violated company policy and demonstrated poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee." chainstoreage.com

Papa John's Founder John Schnatter Says Board Conspired to Oust Him,
Vows 'Day of Reckoning Will Come'

Papa John's founder John Schnatter has launched a scathing attack against the current owners of the pizza company, claiming they conspired to oust him.

Speaking to WDRB, Schnatter alleges the conference call in which he used a racial slur that forced him to resign last year was "fabricated" by others in the company who conspired against him.

"I never dreamed that people that I cared about, that I loved, that I made multimillionaires, would do what they did," Schnatter said. "Shame on them." newsweek.com

Papa John's founder John Schnatter had 40 pizzas in 30 days: 'It just doesn't taste as good'

The Golden State... of Litigation
3 Retail Lawsuits in California

Case to Watch: Calif. law requires pay for security checks - Apple retail workers
Lawyers for a class of more than 12,000 Apple Inc retail store employees will urge the California Supreme Court next week to rule that state wage law requires employers to pay workers for time spent going through security checks at the end of their shifts, and revive their class action lawsuit.

At oral arguments on Dec. 4, the plaintiffs' lawyers at Kralowec Law will argue that California law must be applied more broadly than federal law, which does not require pay for time spent in security checks, to maximize protection for workers. reuters.com

Barnes & Noble Facing Lawsuit Over 'Campaign of Age Discrimination',
Termination of Older Employees

A proposed class and collective action out of California alleges Barnes & Noble, Inc. has engaged in a "ruthless and unscrupulous purging" of employees who are age 40 or older in order to replace them with a younger workforce.

According to the case, the bookseller's practice of terminating older workers solely because of their age constitutes discrimination under state and federal law. The suit is looking to end Barnes & Noble's alleged discriminatory scheme and award back wages and damages to affected employees. classaction.org

McDonald's Agrees To Pay $26 Million To Settle Calif. Wage Lawsuit
McDonald's Corp. agreed to pay $26 million to settle a years-long lawsuit with California employees who have accused the company of failing to properly pay them for their work and expenses.

McDonald's employees sued the company in 2013 for labor violations, including using a timekeeping system that prevented workers from qualifying for overtime pay. The class-action lawsuit included tens of thousands of McDonald's cooks and cashiers in corporate-run stores across California. The lawsuit also said the company denied workers timely breaks. nasdaq.com

Houston, TX: Target customer files federal discrimination lawsuit
after she's wrongly accused of stealing

Newly released security video shows man filling $300 vacuum box with junk

A woman filed a federal lawsuit against Target after she says she was discriminated against and accused of stealing. Annie Banerjee, an Indian born Houston immigration attorney, bought what she thought was a
$300 brand new Dyson vacuum cleaner from Target on San Felipe Street in the Galleria area. But what she ended up with was a box full of junk, including dirty towels, rocks and a can of chili.

Adding insult to injury, Banerjee said when she returned to Target , the store manager told her there was nothing they could do, called police and referred to her as a Hispanic woman who needed to be removed from the store because she was trespassing.

newly released security video from inside the store released by Target, you see a man with a small child in his shopping cart entering the store. That same man is then seen taking off the anti-theft device on a brand new Dyson vacuum cleaner. Also, in his shopping cart, you see what Banerjee's attorney calls a "dummy Dyson box," full of junk. The video shows him placing the dummy box on the floor and paying for some other merchandise before leaving the store. The video also shows an employee wrapping the dummy box with the junk inside with the anti-theft device before putting it back on a store shelf.

"We're here today to ask Target to do a little training on your employees and to also do better on their inventory process. A Caucasian man stole the vacuum cleaner and Target blamed Annie Banerjee," said Banerjee's attorney Randall Kallinen. click2houston.com

Survey: Retail Turnover Down Slightly
Corporate Positions Experience Lowest Turnover Rates

Experts Point to Raises in Minimum Wage & Possible Fears About an Uncertain Economy

A new Korn Ferry survey of top retailers finds that of all retail positions, part-time hourly store employees have the highest turnover rate, with 76 percent average turnover in 2019. That's down from an average turnover of 81 percent in 2018. Less than a quarter (24 percent) of respondents say they've seen an increase in employee turnover since the beginning of 2019. That's down from 29 percent in 2018.

"With increases in minimum wage and start rates at many retailers, workers are hard-pressed to find new jobs that pay more than what they are already receiving," said Craig Rowley, Korn Ferry Senior Partner, Retail and Consumer. "In addition, increased store closings and automation, such as self-serve checkout, are decreasing the number of workers needed. As many employees worry about economic uncertainty and decreasing job opportunities, they are choosing to stay where they are."

Corporate positions saw the lowest turnover rates in the industry in 2019 (17 percent), which is about the same as it was in 2018.

Respondents cited "better opportunities / promotions" as the No. 1 reason for departures in the retail industry, followed by more money and a desire for a more predictable schedule.

When asked what they will be doing to curb turnover moving forward, retailers cite "better communicating the company's employee value proposition," "career pathing" and "changes to compensation plans" as the top focus areas. businesswire.com

Seasonal retail workers attracted to flexible work options, report says
Flexible work schedules may be key to attracting and retaining seasonal workers in the retail industry, according to a new report by ManpowerGroup Solutions and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

Retail employers are sharing talent pools and leveraging on-demand scheduling apps that allow workers to choose schedules flexibly. Employers can choose from a variety of smartphone apps and platforms in order to allow for greater flexibility, a statement announcing the report said.

"Employers across the U.S. are experiencing talent shortages and retailers are not immune as they compete for workers who seek new ways of working," Melissa Hassett, vice president of client delivery at ManpowerGroup Solutions, said in the statement. "Retail workers, from delivery drivers to customer service representatives, want work that can easily blend with their busy lives.
Retailers who offer workers flexibility and use technology to recruit talent when and where they want to work will have the edge." retaildive.com

The Generational Divide in Holiday Shopping
As Black Friday's hold on the season has loosened, shopping patterns diverge by age.

Recent trends have loosened Black Friday's grip on holiday shopping and changed the ways people shop. Socially conscious shopping - with an eye to cutting waste and avoiding impulse buys - is on the rise, especially among younger consumers. Social media and new shopping apps are making it easier than ever to score deals online. And retailers are offering specials earlier and earlier in the season.

Shopping - in-store and online - on the Friday after Thanksgiving this year will account for about 48% of around $68 billion spent over the four days through Sunday, retail research firm Customer Growth Partners estimates, down from 60% in 2000.

Still, traditional Black Friday fans remain - those consumers who revel in getting up early for the sales at malls. As the holiday season starts, here's a look at some of shopping's generational trends.

Prime age:
18 to 35
Philosophy: Buys from companies that are transparent about how and where their products are made, promote the environment and recycling, support causes.
Retailers & Labels: Everlane, Reformation, the RealReal, thredUP

Prime age: Over 40
Philosophy: A recent devotee of online shopping after becoming disillusioned with the crowds and lackluster deals at in-store doorbuster sales.
Retailers & Apps: Amazon, department-store websites, ShopSavvy app

Prime age: Spans generations
Philosophy: Enjoy the thrill of the chase for deals and the social aspect of joining other shoppers. For some, the outing is a holiday tradition.
Stores: Malls and shopping centers. J.C. Penney, Macy's, electronics stores wsj.com

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Director - Facilities & Asset Protection Services for Gordmans in Houston, TX
This role will lead facilities operations, facilities focused landlord relationships, strategic planning for all facility related projects including corporate facilities projects, construction projects and Asset Protection security services. This responsibility provides cross-functional Asset Protection support for current processes or projects throughout the organization, requiring the management of multiple tasks / projects to achieve the assigned goals. linkedin.com

Gordmans is a chain of Midwestern off-price department stores founded in Omaha, Nebraska. The retailer operates 141 locations in 22 states in the United States.

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Starbucks hires global diversity and inclusion officer

Home Depot assesses tariff impact SKU-by-SKU

Miami Shores, FL: Publix donates 1,600 Thanksgiving meals to local nonprofit


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There's an Easier Way to Keep Track of Keys & Keyholders

Whether your job is to track a few or a few thousand employees and an equal number of keys it can be an overwhelming task. If you're using excel spreadsheets or a log book to keep track of who has what keys, you know it takes a significant amount of time to keep everything organized. Even the most diligent record keepers can't ensure that keyholders have their issued key or that a key has not been copied and given to an unauthorized person. And what happens if someone other than the record keeper needs access to keyholder records? You'll have to spend time getting that info where it needs to go.

There's a simple way to add time back to your day and keep tighter control on your mechanical key system. A key receipt system tied to a software platform will do the trick!

It should be easy to know exactly what key was issued to a keyholder and when, along with what those keys open. This can be done simply through key serialization or stamping each key with a unique identifier and in-turn recording these identifiers on key receipts. In addition, using restricted keyways will allow you to be sure that an issued key doesn't get copied, potentially ending up in the wrong hands. Manufacturers of restricted keyways don't allow key blanks needed for making copies to be available at retail outlets where keys are typically copied.

Although key restriction and serialization can significantly improve security and key trackability, these are not required to simplify key management. Maybe you already have a key control system that's been working for you. That may include engraving, key caps, color-coded keys or key rings, lanyards or coils linking keys to employees and/or departments. There's no need to reinvent the wheel. SecurityRecords.com is flexible enough to handle just about any method to support the management of any key system. Whether you prefer to manage them digitally or on paper, you can streamline the process of issuing and collecting keys using Key Receipts.

Simply have a key holder sign for the keys they are issued, acknowledging procedures and penalties (as they exist) for losing keys or not returning them upon separation, and you will have an official record of who has what key(s). This information is then stored in a cloud-based platform to be accessed in the future on-demand. Do you need a key receipt as part of an investigation? Find it in seconds with SecurityRecords.com.

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More than 1 million T-Mobile customers exposed by breach
T-Mobile has confirmed a data breach affecting more than a million of its customers, whose personal data (but no financial or password data) was exposed to a malicious actor. The company alerted the affected customers but did not provide many details in its official account of the hack.

The company said in its disclosure to affected users that its security team had shut down "malicious, unauthorized access" to prepaid data customers.

A T-Mobile representative indicated that "less than 1.5 percent" of customers were affected, which of the company's approximately 75 million users adds up to somewhat over a million. techcrunch.com

Sale of 4 Million Stolen Cards Tied to Breaches at 4 Restaurant Chains
On Nov. 23, one of the cybercrime underground's largest bazaars for buying and selling stolen payment card data announced the immediate availability of some four million freshly-hacked debit and credit cards. KrebsOnSecurity has learned this latest batch of cards was siphoned from four different compromised restaurant chains that are most prevalent across the midwest and eastern United States.

Two financial industry sources who track payment card fraud and asked to remain anonymous for this story said the four million cards were taken in breaches recently disclosed by restaurant chains Krystal, Moe's, McAlister's Deli and Schlotzsky's. Krystal announced a card breach last month. The other three restaurants are all part of the same parent company and disclosed breaches in August 2019. krebsonsecurity.com

Google Fires Four Labor-Organizing Workers For Alleged Data-Security Issues
Google on Monday fired four employees who had been active in labor organizing at the company, according to a memo that was seen by The New York Times.

The memo, sent by Google's security and investigations team, told employees that the company had dismissed four employees "for clear and repeated violations of our data security policies." Jenn Kaiser, a Google spokeswoman, confirmed the firings but declined to elaborate.

The dismissals are expected to exacerbate rocky relations between Google's management and a vocal contingent of workers who have protested the company's handling of sexual harassment, its treatment of contract employees, and its work with the Defense Department, federal border agencies and the Chinese government. nytimes.com

Huawei controversy shows US need for robust supply chain security strategy
5G technology, through enabling greater digital connectivity at faster speeds, promises to revolutionize everything from smart city internet of things devices to self-driving car communication. And as with any new technology, there are notable cybersecurity threats to be addressed. This includes some of the risks underscored by U.S. government concern about Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, a privately owned but state-subsidized firm that is widely considered to be a global leader in providing 5G technology.

There are real national security and cybersecurity risks presented by 5G technology in general, and in particular with respect to Huawei's 5G technology. But the U.S. government's mishandling of these risks and the diplomatic messaging around them underscores something much bigger than Huawei, and something much bigger than 5G: the need for the United States to develop a better supply chain cybersecurity strategy in our increasingly data-driven world. c4isrnet.com

U.S. agency votes 5-0 to bar China's Huawei, ZTE from gov't subsidy program
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 5-0 Friday to designate China's Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, barring their U.S. rural carrier customers from tapping an $8.5 billion government fund to purchase equipment. The U.S. telecommunications regulator also voted to propose requiring those carriers to remove and replace equipment from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) from existing networks. The move could eliminate a key source of funding for Huawei's biggest U.S. business - telecoms equipment. reuters.com

Will retailers avoid Black Friday website outages?
Retail executives expect about half their overall sales to come from digital during the Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend, according to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll for Google Cloud. Of that traffic, they expect 26% to come from websites and 22% from their apps.

Eighty-one percent of respondents said they prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday by making sure their technology infrastructure is ready for the increased traffic of the season. But 24% of those surveyed reported not having a plan in place if their websites go down during this period, and 40% of executives said they've experienced an outage in the past three years. More than 200 U.S. retail executives took the survey.

Retailers have prepared for the shopping weekend by increasing cloud capacity (66%), offering added fulfillment options (61%), or spacing offers and promotions to balance traffic (53%). retaildive.com


They See You When You're Shopping: Holiday Cybercrime Starts Early
Researchers notice year-end phishing attacks starting in July and ramping up in September

It seems the holiday season starts earlier every year. This trend extends to the world of cybercrime, where this year attackers started to ramp up malicious year-end activity as early as July. By September, phishing URL detections were up over 2.5 times compared with 2018.

The period between September and December is "the most active malware season of the year," reports the Avira Protection Lab. Researchers charted a 61% increase in phishing during the 2018 holiday shopping season. This year, the seasonal activity started earlier, and it's moving faster and growing more diverse as attackers map new campaigns for both mobile and desktop devices. darkreading.com

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Use a Password Manager to Store Your Passwords

If you aren't already using a password manager to store all your passwords, you should start using one now. Instead of remembering all your passwords or storing them in a less secure way, you should use a password manager to keep your passwords in one place. That way, you'll only need to remember the password for your password manager, and then you can find whatever password you need. There are many password manager apps out there, but my favorite is 1Password, which features two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security.






Learn How Biometrics & AI Can Reduce Shrink and Generate New Revenue Streams

Larry Reed, CEO, ZKTeco USA


ZKTeco is the world's leading developer of biometric solutions. Their products are used by some of the largest retail chains in the country to help reduce shrink. Retailers use ZKTeco biometric readers most often to prevent their employees from misusing keys and badges to gain unauthorized access to inventory, cash room, computer room and other high value rooms. Larry Reed, CEO, ZKTeco USA, discusses how retailers can leverage biometric technology to help reduce shrink and create new revenue streams.

Quick Take 1 with ZKTeco USA

Larry Reed, CEO, ZKTeco USA

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Biometrics have already reached consumers. Just look at the fingerprint reader or facial recognition camera on your phone. If biometrics are a good idea for protecting photos on your phone, Larry Reed, CEO, ZKTeco USA, tells us why it's an even better idea for retailers protecting millions of dollars' worth of product.




It's the most wonderful time of the year... for fraud
Retailers must be especially vigilant

Increases in online shopping, an expanded array of promotional activity and intensified shipping volumes all combine to create fertile ground for fraud and abuse.

Post-holiday sales cycles will be just as vulnerable as mid-season ones, so short-term fixes will not suffice. Holiday fraud has a ripple effect, and downstream damage can take time to materialize. Credit card information stolen during a busy holiday sales cycle, for example, might not be used right away, and hijacked accounts might be incubated for later attacks. Then, before you know it, the 2020 sales season begins anew with Valentine's Day-only 51 days after Christmas-so there's little if any downtime. The only option is to establish effective defenses now.

Many organizations head into the Cyber 5 well prepared. They already have advanced AI and machine learning-powered fraud solutions in place and are well-equipped to defend against large-scale fraud attacks. They know their brand reputations are at stake, as well as their bottom lines. Malicious, abusive, and fraudulent activity can ruin an otherwise prosperous and successful holiday season, so they've got the solutions in place that will see their businesses and their customers safely through a busy final quarter and into the new year. These organizations will come through unscathed. But not every company will be so fortunate.

If your business hasn't yet implemented a fraud prevention plan that incorporates AI and machine learning, now is the time to begin the process. The 2019 holiday season is already in progress, and the 2020 sales season that starts with Valentine's Day will be here before you know it. digitalcommerce360.com

Australians have lost more than $4 million to online shopping scams in 2019
Scammers are using everything from smartphones to concert tickets as bait in online shopping scams that are costing Australians millions each year, the consumer watchdog has warned. Consumers are losing record amounts to online shopping scams, with more than $4 million reported lost to online shopping scams this year according to Scamwatch. The figure has already surpassed the $3.28 million reported lost in 2018.

"Reported losses have tripled over the last three years and it is concerning that losses from this year are already so high," Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) deputy chair Delia Rickard said.

The lead-up to Christmas is a lucrative time for scammers looking to cash in on high-profile online sales events that attract thousands of bargain hunters. "Scammers often try to take advantage of people doing their Christmas shopping including in the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales," Ms Rickard said Shoes, smartphones, and tickets to events are among the most commonly reported items used in online scams, with losses related to those products exceeding half a million dollars in 2019. thenewdaily.com.au

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Orlando, FL: Suspects in retail theft ring used fake barcodes to steal $300K in merchandise; 3 arrests made so far
Suspects in a retail theft ring used fake barcodes to purchase expensive items from stores in nine states across the South, resulting in $300,000 in stolen merchandise, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE Orlando special agent in charge Lee Massie announced Monday afternoon that three members of the retail theft ring had been arrested so far and authorities are still looking to take two more suspects into custody.

Agents said Usman Ali was the leader of the ring, which began operating in January in 23 Florida counties as well as Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. Ali would enter a Home Depot or Target location and place a high-value item, such as a smart lighting dimmer switch kit valued at $100 or a wifi thermostat worth $200, in a shopping cart in a way that it would be concealed. He would then place a fraudulently printed barcode, usually from an $8 electric outlet or a $20 rotary tool accessory kit, over the item's actual barcode, Massie said. At that point, officials said Ali would leave the store and communicate with one of his "hired hands" to go into the location, get the items from the cart and purchase them with the fake barcodes, either through self-checkout or by going through a lane with a cashier. The items would be shipped to Ali, who would sell the items online for near-retail value, according to authorities. clickorlando.com

Oxnard, CA: Thieves take bags full of goods from Ulta
A wild scene was caught on camera at an Ulta Beauty store in Oxnard. A group of thieves can be seen grabbing handfuls of merchandise as an alarm blares throughout the store. In the video, there's no indication of anyone trying to stop them as they calmly scoop up the goods and stuff them into bags. The incident happened at The Collection at RiverPark shopping complex Monday evening. It's not clear how much merchandise the group got away with, but detectives are investigating. The theft happened just days after a similar incident at an Ulta store in Thousand Oaks. On Nov. 15, three suspects, ages 20, 19 and 16, were arrested for filling bags full of about $2,500 in merchandise and then running out of the store. abc7.com

Oak Ridge Six women arrested for allegedly conspiring to steal shoes from Rack Room
Six women were arrested Thursday and charged with theft and criminal conspiracy after they allegedly ran from a shoe store in Main Street Oak Ridge with about $3,300 worth of stolen merchandise, police officers said. Oak Ridge Police Department Detective Marvell Moore said he had been conducting a retail theft patrol near Rack Room Shoes at about 1:19 p.m. Thursday. While in the parking lot, Moore said in arrest warrants filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court, he saw the women enter Rack Room Shoes with large purses and plastic bags that appeared to be empty. oakridgetoday.com

Ocala, FL: Repeat Offender arrested after return scam fails at Home Depot
An Ocala man was arrested last week for the fourth time in 2019, this time for allegedly trying to swindle Home Depot out of more than $600 by shoplifting items and having a woman try to return them in exchange for gift cards. ocala-news.com

Boynton Beach, FL: Man caught stealing $2500 in power tools from Home Depot

Altoona, PA: 4 women stole nearly $2K worth of items from Boscov's

Great Falls, MT: Woman charged with Felony Robbery in $1,300 Ulta shoplifting and assaulting Police Officer

Decatur, IL: Man arrested after stealing over $200 worth of Red Bull from Target

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Shootings & Deaths

Update: Chester, SC: Chester Police Offering Support For Officers, Community After Fatal Wal-Mart Shooting
An investigation is underway after a 28-year-old man was shot and killed by an officer at the Wal-Mart on the J A Cochran Bypass over the weekend. The coroner has released the name of the man killed in the officer-involved shooting. He's been identified as Ariane McCree. Authorities have no released the name of the officer who has since been placed on administrative leave. SLED is investigating the shooting. Chester Police Chief Eric Williams calling this shooting "traumatic" - saying it's time for officers and residents to reflect. In the video above, CN2's Sarah Obeid with what the department is doing to support officers and how its restoring a sense of security within the community. cn2.com

Charlotte, NC: Shooting death at east Charlotte arcade is city's 99th homicide of year
Police are looking for the person they said shot and killed someone early Tuesday at an adult arcade in east Charlotte. Officers responded around 6 a.m. to a call about shots being fired at the La Casa arcade at a strip mall on East WT Harris Boulevard near Milton Road. When they got to the scene, police found a person who had been shot. Paramedics rushed the victim to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Investigators have not released a name yet. wsoctv.com

Los Angeles, CA: Auto Parts Robber with 'large machete' shot and killed by LAPD after carjacking outside Chick-fil-A
A man wielding a "large machete" was killed in a police shooting in Los Angeles Monday following a chaotic scene captured on video. The suspect allegedly robbed an auto parts store around 11:30 a.m., carjacked a vehicle from a Chick-fil-A drive through lane, crashed the car into police cruisers, took off running and then turned back to chase an officer with his estimated 18-inch blade, an LAPD spokesman said. nydailynews.com

Bakersfield, CA: 2 shot during brawl at California mall
A merry scene at California's Valley Plaza Mall suddenly became filled with fear and panic Tuesday night. Police say a fight escalated quickly and ended with two people shot and parts of the mall locked down. Dispatchers told Bakersfield police that several callers reported shooting inside the mall, with anywhere from five to 15 shots heard. Police locked all doors of the mall, kicking people out - or in many cases, locking them in. "It is not lost on me that this is the holiday season. This is when most of the people come out," Chief Lyle Martin said. It started with a fight between two groups of young men, brawling between the Chipotle and H&M store, according to police. One of the men opened fire, then fled in an unknown direction, authorities said. "The suspect did flee the mall, so the mall is secure," Martin explained. Police found a wounded 15-year-old and a 20-year-old at the scene. Investigators said one of those two victims was an unintended target. Paramedics took them to a hospital with non-life-threatening wounds. Police wanted to reassure the public that this was not a premeditated mass shooting incident. kktv.com

Employee shot during lunchtime robbery at Kansas City barbecue restaurant
Two employees were hurt during an attempted robbery Monday at a Kansas City barbecue restaurant, according to police. One of the employees was shot, and another was stuck in the back of the head and injured, during a robbery about noon at Big T's Bar B Q at 6151 Blue Parkway, according to the Kansas City Police Department. kansascity.com

Sugar Land, TX: Reward tripled to $15K in search of suspect linked to deadly C-store heist

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Metairie, LA: 70-year-old Janitor accused of stealing $100K from
Brinks Money Room
A 70-year-old New Orleans woman and an accomplice who worked janitorial jobs at a Brinks facility in Metairie are accused of making off with $100,000 in cash from the armored truck company, according to authorities. Cynthia Griffin was arrested Nov. 18 and booked with felony theft, according to Capt. Jason Rivarde, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. An official with the Brinks location in Metairie called the Sheriff's Office on Nov. 15 to report the theft. The two women were working for a company contracted to clean the building, the report said. It's not clear how Griffin accessed the money room. The Sheriff's Office declined to comment on the investigation, including whether a warrant had been obtained for the second woman. She had not been arrested as of Monday. nola.com

Lubbock, TX: Shoplifter bit and threatened Kohl's Agent with a dirty needle

Providence, RI: Man accused of setting fire inside Stop & Shop; employees quickly extinguished the blaze

Jackson Township, NJ: Burglar with "Me and Jesus" Shirt Hid Inside Fridge Until Store Closed

South Africa: Pair arrested after stealing perfume $40,000 at Cape mall


International Falls, MN: Canadian Border Patrol officers seize counterfeit smart watches valued at nearly $600,000
Counterfeit smart watches valued at nearly $600,000 were seized Wednesday at the International Falls port of entry. The watches were found when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers targeted a rail container destined to arrive in Ranier, and upon inspection discovered smart watches in violation of intellectual property rights, or IPR regulations. CBP seized the 19,752 counterfeit smart watches with an estimated manufacturer's suggested retail price of $592,560, if the goods had been genuine. ifallsjournal.com



Auto Parts - Los Angeles, CA - Armed Robbery (suspect killed by Police)
C-Store - Harrisonburg, VA - Robbery
C-Store - Jackson Township, NJ - Burglary
C-Store - Black River Falls, WI - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Las Vegas, NV - Armed Robbery
Boost Mobile - Salisbury, NC - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - San Antonio, TX - Burglary
Family Dollar - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Greenville County, SC - Robbery/ Assault
Jewelry - Elizabeth, NJ - Robbery
Jewelry - Hobbs, NM - Robbery
Jewelry - Kansas City, KS - Robbery
Jewelry - Wheaton, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Knightdale, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Corpus Christi, TX - Robbery
Restaurant - Kansas City, MO - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Moorhead, MN - Burglary
Restaurant - Burnham, PA - Armed Robbery
Thrift - New York, NY - Robbery
7-Eleven - Portsmouth, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Hampton, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Daytona Beach, FL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 19 robberies
• 3 burglaries
• 1 shootings
• 1 killed


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