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Key Control Best Practices for Holiday Loss Prevention

As the holiday season rolls around, retail stores are not just bursting with shoppers but also with a heightened need for security. Amidst the festive cheer, ensuring the safety of employees and the store's treasures becomes paramount. Selecting a good key control strategy is the first step to gifting your store the assurance of safety during this bustling period. Your subsequent actions decide the effectiveness and cost benefits of this strategy. To ensure both security and economy, there are a few top-tier practices tailored just for this festive season. Here are six best practices retail stores can follow for key control to prevent asset loss during the holiday season:

1. Use Restricted, Serialized Keys To Prevent Unauthorized Duplicates.
2. Create A Plan Or Protocol For When Locks Should Be Rekeyed.
3. Have A Quick And Efficient Way To Change Your Locks.
4. Take Advantage Of The Latest Key Control Technology.
5. Audit Your Keys And Keyholders Regularly.
6. Ongoing Training And Education.

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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Legislation & Enforcement Should Be Top Priorities in Fighting ORC
Lax policies, such as reducing theft from a potential felony to a misdemeanor and no-bail policies for nonviolent crime, have contributed to a nationwide shoplifting epidemic.

Retail Theft in the U.S.: It's a Crime
Retail theft costs retailers more than $110 billion a year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). A recent
study by Zebra Technologies, a retail solutions provider, found that eight in 10 retailers agree minimizing fraud and shrink is a significant challenge. And in the Convenience Store News 2023 Technology Study, nearly half of the c-store retailers surveyed (44%) said they planned to invest in technology to reduce theft and shrinkage.

We're all aware of the
closings announced by such major retailers as Target, Whole Foods, Walmart, Walgreens and others, often in neighborhoods that could least afford to lose a food store, creating food deserts where people have limited access to healthy and affordable food.

It's gotten so bad in the city of Chicago that the mayor has proposed
a city-owned grocery store to fill the void left by retreating retailers. The idea has little merit, though. While a government-run store could probably sustain the inevitable losses longer than a private firm can, those losses would be borne by all the city's taxpayers.

A better way to address food insecurity is to prevent crime and theft in stores, so they won't have to close.
Lax policies, such as reducing theft from a potential felony to a misdemeanor and no-bail policies for nonviolent crime, have contributed to a nationwide shoplifting epidemic. In the absence of a nationwide policy on how to deal with shoplifting, many retailers encourage their staffers to do nothing at all in an effort to keep them safe.

Chicago and other major cities would be better served if they'd
support legislation and enforcement of anti-shoplifting laws and protections for retailers to allow them to prosecute thieves effectively and safely.

A month ago, more than 30 retailers went to the nation's capital to support the
Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2023. Joined by several congressional leaders from both major parties and the NRF, the retailers are backing bipartisan legislation to establish a national coordination center and combine expertise and resources from federal, state and local enforcement agencies and retail industry representatives to curb organized retail crime.

C-stores, of course, are not immune from the shoplifting epidemic.
They should back this legislation as a first step to stemming the flood of losses they incur from thieves. csnews.com

Hundreds of Stores Roll Out AI to Fight Theft
To catch a shoplifter: Businesses turn to AI to stop retail theft
An eye of a person cannot look at 16 cameras at once," KJ Singh, owner of JJ Liquors in Northeast D.C., said.

Human eyes might not be able to, but he's counting on something else that could. Singh recently added a
new level of high-tech security - artificial intelligence software developed by French company Veesion that plugs right into his 16 cameras.

The program
looks for suspicious body activity from shoppers and records in real time, Veesion Sales Manager Pablo Blanco Poveda said.

"You have the proof. So, when you go to stop someone, you are not going to do like, 'Open your bag.' No. You have proof; you show the video," Poveda said.

According to Veesion,
more than 350 stores in the U.S. are using the system. More than 30 are here in D.C., mostly smaller retailers. But larger retailers also are beginning to incorporate AI to nab shoplifters.

"These are some really effective tools that
can layer in on top of existing camera systems, existing camera technologies," explained Khris Hamlin, with the Retail Industry Leaders Association, a trade association for major retail giants like Macy's Target and Walmart.

While technology offers one layer of deterrent, it's not enough, Hamlin said. Recently, the association launched the first of its kind national partnership to combat retail crime, bringing together leading retailers, law enforcement and district attorneys' offices. nbcwashington.com

'Retail Workers Are Scared'
Target and Walmart have a bigger problem than retail theft

While consumers hear a lot about shoplifting, they don't know the uglier side of the problem that's impacting Target, Walmart, Kroger, and other big retailers.

As theft has increased from retailers including Walmart, Target, Kroger, and nearly every other big name, it's
checkout clerks and other front-of-store employees that play a key role in preventing theft. That's a dangerous position to be in and workers are afraid, according to a new report from Motorola Solutions.

Retail workers are scared

Retail workers are scared. Retail workers and managers perceive safety incidents at their stores are on the rise," according to Motorola Solutions first-ever Retail Worker Safety Report.

The survey's U.S. respondents reported that
petty theft (54%), grab-and-run incidents (35%), and hostile customer interactions (31%) have increased in their stores over the past year. As a result, nearly two out of three are at least somewhat concerned for their personal safety at work heading into the holiday shopping season.

"The holiday bustle can be a stressful time for retailers. S
ales associates and managers shouldn't have to be concerned about their safety on top of everything else," Motorola Solutions Vice President Sharon Hong in a media statement. "Our report found that retail workers are looking for more technology that can help them be better aware of safety threats, spot illicit activity and communicate quickly and seamlessly with other employees and first responders should an incident arise."

Retail workers want better tech

While many retailers have heavily invested in technology, those
investments have not been around worker safety. Self-checkout has also increased danger for store employees because it's much harder to know when someone is willfully stealing and when someone has made a mistake compared to a person who shoplifts by sticking an expensive item under their shirt.

The report found that
low-tech solutions are still in use during many store emergency situations. thestreet.com

Sounds Promising - But Stats Can Be Used for Both Sides

San Francisco Mayor London Breed's Newsletter to the City
Delivering Results in Public Safety

SFPD's coordinated efforts across San Francisco to
combat retail theft and car break-ins continue to deliver strong results in decreasing auto theft and larceny. Because of our targeted efforts, the results are becoming clear.

• Our expanded law enforcement efforts against auto burglaries have resulted in a
dramatic 50% reduction in these crimes over the last three months.

Larceny thefts over Black Friday weekend were down 75% from last year. Another study found retail theft dropped 32% in the first six months of this year. This doesn't just happen. It's the result of hard work by our officers and prosecutors.

Just last week, Ingleside Station arrested four shoplifting suspects related to incidents along Geneva Ave., Monterey Blvd., and Diamond Heights Blvd.

I am committed, along with the Police Chief and District Attorney, to continue utilizing these strategies to ensure shoppers and business owners feel safe this holiday season and year-round.

Updates on Open-Air Drug Markets and Healthy Streets
Since the City first stood up its coordinated drug market operation in May this year, SFPD officers have
arrested more than 900 dealers in the Tenderloin, nearly doubling the number of arrests from last year.

In the last six months, both local and state law enforcement agencies combined have also
seized 113 kilos of narcotics, including over 60 kilos of fentanyl. These numbers don't include additional federal efforts by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

I know there is so much more work to do, but our multi-agency effort continues to aggressively target the open-air drug markets impacting our Tenderloin and SoMa neighborhoods.

Lawmaker Urges Use Of Coordination Centers To Crack Down On Retail Crime

Podcast: Is shoplifting getting worse in the U.S.?

New King County, Wash. division tackles growing rates of retail theft crimes

Sioux Falls, SD retailers seeing theft hit close to home



Self-Checkout's Rocky Road Continues - But It's Not Going Anywhere
Love it or hate it, self-checkout is here to stay. But it's going through a reckoning
In 2021, self-checkout usage represented 30% of transactions, almost double from 2018, according to a survey of retailers by FMI, an industry group. And 96% of retailers surveyed offer self-checkout. But the technology is also facing a reckoning amid the critical holiday shopping season. Some retailers are adding restrictions, while others are pulling out completely.

Self-checkout, first tested in supermarkets in the late 1980s, gained momentum 20 years ago. But grocers
ramped it up even more three years ago to address the pandemic-induced severe labor shortages.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says technological advances such as
self-checkout and online sales have been the main driver in the declining number of cashier jobs, although there are no precise estimates on how many cashiers have been replaced by self-checkout. According to Labor Department data, there are about 1.2 million people currently working as cashiers, compared to 1.4 million in 2019 and the BLS expects the number to fall by another 10% over the next decade.

Theft is indeed an issue. Andrews said a technology that relies on shoppers to do their own scanning and punch in product quantities tempts even law abiding citizens to be dishonest.

Still, self-checkout isn't going away, especially with still stubborn labor shortages. And plenty of people love it.

There have been inroads for more advanced technology.
Amazon's "just walkout technology " is in more than 70 Amazon-owned stores and more than 100 third-party retailers across the U.S., including airports. It uses sophisticated cameras and allows shoppers to enter the store with a credit or debit card or by simply hovering their palm over an Amazon One palm payment device, and then walk out without having to stand in line to check out.  apnews.com

Here We Go Again - Listening to That Slow Drip
Will Macy's follow Sears to the retail graveyard?
The iconic department store could thrive as a smaller, more focused retailer, but a potential buyout would make a transformation unlikely, analysts say.

If Macy's is
fielding an offer from investors who want to monetize its property, then any transformation that incoming CEO Tony Spring may be plotting is about to get more difficult.

Theoretically, going private could provide Macy's with some breathing room to undertake reforms without pressure from often short term-oriented investors, according to Jessica Ramírez, a senior research analyst with Jane Hali & Associates. This is what Nordstrom executives (many of them also family members) probably had in mind when they attempted to take the business private several years ago.

As of January, the
company owns 316 stores, another 102 where it owns the buildings but not the land, and four that are part-owned, according to its most recent annual report. All owned properties are held free and clear of mortgages, per that report, which means the company owns more than 58% of its 722 store locations. Various analysts peg the value of Macy's real estate at $5 billion to $7 billion, with its Herald Square flagship in New York possibly able to fetch over $1 billion.

In recent years, Macy's sold its
San Francisco men's store for $250 million, its Minneapolis flagship for $59 million, a portion of its Chicago Loop flagship for $27 million and its Pittsburgh flagship for $15 million. retaildive.com

Editor's Note: Bottom line is that if the current investors win, it may be only a matter of time before they're gone. Just my thought. -Gus Downing

Ex-LinkedIn Exec Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison Over Mail Fraud Scheme
Former Linkedin Employee Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Commit Mail Fraud
SAN FRANCISCO - Kent Laird pleaded guilty in federal court today to
two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, announced United States Attorney Ismail J. Ramsey and FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert K. Tripp. The plea was accepted by the Honorable Jaqueline S. Corley, U.S. District Judge.

In pleading guilty, Laird, 50, of Bothell, Washington, admitted that as
the Head of Content, Video & Studios for LinkedIn Media Productions (otherwise known as LMP) he became involved in two separate conspiracies and mail fraud schemes involving two independent contractors. Specifically, in June and then in October of 2018, Laird recommended that two independent contractors be hired by LinkedIn to assist him with producing various podcast projects despite knowing that neither person had any professional experience as a podcast producer. Over the course of the next eighteen months, Laird approved a total of 129 false invoices that the independent contractors submitted to LinkedIn. Laird submitted these invoices knowing that the two independent contractors had performed little to no podcast writing and producing work on behalf of LinkedIn. As a result of receiving these false invoices, LinkedIn paid a combined total of $689,210 to the two independent contractors. During the course of the conspiracy, Laird received kickbacks in the amount of $184,050 from the falsely obtained proceeds.
Laird faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, plus restitution, if appropriate, for each violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349. Any sentence will be imposed by the court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Judge Corley scheduled Laird's
sentencing hearing for March 27, 2024 justice.gov

Creating Facial Biometrics That Mimic Human Eyes
Face biometrics code could be seeing through better eyes
Computer vision vendors and researchers are
developing significantly upgraded camera systems on the front end of AI, including biometric recognition software.

Two companies, Orbbec and SiLC separately say they have
developed integrated camera-compute components with notably better capabilities that would aid biometrics systems.

Separately, researchers at Purdue University published work on
exotic computer vision technology that also would benefit biometric and object recognition algorithms. Indeed, the Purdue team tested their hardware on facial recognition tasks. They call their hardware an organic electrochemical photonic synapse.

The researchers say their advance is
designed to mimic how human eyes work, use less energy and be more error tolerant than silicon-based systems on the market.

In more closely following how retinas perceive light, the researchers say, the system
improves dynamic imaging with a significant savings on data processing. biometricupdate.com

NRF Survey: 142 Million Shoppers Expected for Super Saturday

Miniso opens 100th US store

Quarterly Results

H&M Group Q4 net sales down 4%, Full Yr. net sales up 6%

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Associate Dir., Safety & Security Programs job posted for Chewy in Belton, MO
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FBI, CISA, and ASD's ACSC Release Advisory on Play Ransomware

Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Australian Signals Directorate's Australian Cyber Security Centre (ASD's ACSC) released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA),
#StopRansomware: Play Ransomware, to disseminate Play ransomware group's tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and indicators of compromise (IOCs) identified through FBI investigations as recently as October 2023.

Play ransomware actors employ a double-extortion model, encrypting systems after exfiltrating data and have impacted a wide range of businesses and critical infrastructure organizations in North America, South America, Europe, and Australia.

FBI, CISA, and the ASD's ACSC encourage organizations review and implement the recommendations provided in the joint CSA to reduce the likelihood and impact of Play and other ransomware incidents. For more information, see CISA's
#StopRansomware webpage, which includes the updated #StopRansomware Guide. cisa.gov

Retailer Hit by Cybersecurity Breach at the Worst Possible Time
Vans owner VF Corp. shares tumble as it says cyberattack could hamper holiday fulfillment

VF Corp. said it suffered a cybersecurity breach. The attack is expected to have a material effect on its business.

Shares of The North Face and Vans owner VF Corp. tumbled Monday after the company reported that
a hack had affected its ability to fulfill some orders ahead of the holidays.

The company said
hackers encrypted "some" systems and made off with personal data. Those are some hallmarks of ransomware, where attackers try to extort companies in exchange for hefty payment. VF Corp. declined to comment on whether the incident was a ransomware attack.

stock dropped more than 8% Monday.

VF Corp. announced the incident on the
same day that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's new cyber disclosure rules took effect. Those regulations mandate that companies report "material cybersecurity incidents" to their investors within four days of determining that a hack would have an effect on their bottom lines. VF Corp. first identified hackers in its system on Dec. 13, meaning it took relatively little time for the company to identify the threat as material.

The attack is expected to
hit the company's operations in the lead up to the critical holiday shopping period. The company said the breach has affected its ability to fulfill orders, but customers will still be able to place them online.

The full scope of the attack is still not known, and it will likely continue to
have a material impact until recovery efforts are complete, the company said. cnbc.com

SEC Finalizes Cyber Disclosure Rules
What the SEC weighed in finalizing the cyber disclosure rules

The SEC's head of the corporate finance division said the burden of meeting compliance and fears of tipping off threat groups were carefully considered prior to final recommendations.

AdvertisementThe leader of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporate Finance downplayed concerns that the agency's new cybersecurity rules will provide a roadmap to threat groups about their attacks or place an undue burden on security executives.

Erik Gerding, director of the Division of Corporate Finance, said staff carefully considered those issues as part of their internal deliberations prior to the final rules being adopted in July.

The final rule requires the disclosure of "material" cybersecurity incidents, which is more narrow than the original proposal. The SEC factored in compliance costs as well as the company's need to respond to and remediate incidents.

But the final rule
does not require any specific technical disclosures about how a company will respond to an incident, or details about its system vulnerabilities.

″The Commission thus
balanced the need for disclosure with the risk that disclosing specific technical information could provide a road map that threat actors could exploit for future attacks," he said. cybersecuritydive.com

Fraudsters Cook Up Slicker Recipes as More Transactions Move Online
"Fraud is growing and the recipes are getting slicker," Gerhard Oosthuizen, CTO at Entersekt, told PYMNTS. "It is dovetailing nicely with generative AI [artificial intelligence]."

Oosthuizen acknowledged the transformative impact of generative AI, especially in areas like call center support and chatbots. However, he pointed out that while generative AI has proven effective in certain applications, it has simultaneously become a tool for perpetrating fraud.

"Generative AI has shown the way, but I don't think it will be the way in which fraud is prevented - rather, its impact will be felt where fraud is perpetrated via manipulation and social engineering attacks," Oosthuizen said.

"At this stage, the technology has led to more challenges in the fraud space than potential wins," he added.

Besides the use of generative and traditional AI, Oosthuizen listed a range of trends that organizations should keep an eye on going into 2024:

• the ongoing evolution of social engineering tactics;
• the new security frontiers of digital identity initiatives and passwordless authentication;
• the emergence of consortiums and other collaborative ventures aimed at collectively combating fraud; and
• the risks inherent to escalating geopolitical tensions, and the resulting impact of regulatory frameworks. pymnts.com

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How to Speed Up Smartphone Charging Time

We have all been there - you are traveling or out and about and your phone's battery is draining - fast. With minimal time to stop for charging, maximizing how you get your charge is important. First, if you can, shut the phone off completely while it's charging, so 100% of the current is going directly to the battery. If you can't do this, switch your phone to airplane mode, which will shut off any of the wireless radios and background apps in usage. If you are near your laptop, plug in there. If you're in a hotel room, many TVs or even lamps can be used to flow power out of the USB port to your smartphone for charging. If you're outside, try to avoid direct sunlight while charging, to keep your phone from overheating.




Amazon Accounts Coddled on TikTok
TikTok staff told to avoid flagging problems with Amazon accounts

Exclusive: Internal communications suggest video platform working to protect its lucrative relationship with e-commerce firm

TikTok staff were told they should avoid flagging potential problems on Amazon accounts
to protect the video platform's lucrative commercial relationship with the e-commerce multinational, according to internal communications seen by the Guardian.

Some moderators were told in the autumn
not to take negative action against a list of more than 60 Amazon-related accounts on TikTok because the US company is a heavy advertiser on the platform.

According to exchanges seen by the Guardian, staff who vet TikTok videos and ensure it adheres to content guidelines were
advised not to take down the accounts or apply any "tags". Tagging a video or account could ultimately lead to an account being taken down or not being shown on the For You Page.

TikTok insisted this was not official company policy. A spokesperson said: "These allegations about TikTok's policies are wrong or based on misunderstandings." TikTok's community guidelines state that "our approach to content moderation uses the same criteria, no matter who creates it".

The Guardian has been investigating for months how TikTok moderates its app. The Chinese-owned app has
more than a billion users worldwide and has become an influential platform across multiple fields from politics to gen Z news consumption and culture. It is the fastest growing source of news in the UK and in the US about a third of adults aged 18 to 29 say they regularly get news on TikTok. theguardian.com

Tips for Safe Online Shopping This Holiday Season
Racing against the holiday clock? Stay secure with these online shopping tips

Here are a few tips to make sure you are shopping online safely.

Remember to think before you click. It's best to visit a company's official website and shop there. Scammers try to pretend to be these companies and get your information through a suspicious email, text message or phone call.

Next, use strong passwords. Try to use different lengthy passwords for each place that you shop. Using the same password on everything will allow for hackers to access several of your accounts.

Third, look for the HTTPS. The 's' stands for secure and means the website uses encryption and keeps your information secure. HTTP is a public wireless network, which is unsecured, thus do not share your card number if using these sites.

Fourth, be sure to download a company's official mobile app. Hackers are good at making phony apps seem to be legitimate.

Finally, keep your receipts, monitor your card activity and check your tracking information frequently. ktvo.com

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San Diego County, CA: San Diego County woman arrested in $8M shoplifting ring targeting Ulta Beauty stores
A San Diego County woman has been arrested for her role in leading a nationwide shoplifting ring worth more than $8 million in beauty products, according to federal search warrants obtained by CBS 8. Federal agents identified Bonsall resident, Michelle Mack as the head of the criminal enterprise. According to the search warrants,
Mack paid as many as 12 people to steal from Ulta Beauty stores, as well as other retail outlets, and ship them to her Bonsall post office box.

In certain cases, Mack allegedly purchased plane tickets, rented cars and paid for hotels for the shoplifters who worked under her. CBS 8 has learned Ulta Beauty worked with authorities on the investigation into Mack. "We can confirm that Ulta Beauty partnered with law enforcement on this investigation but cannot share any details at this time as the case is still being processed," an Ulta Beauty spokesperson said in a statement to CBS 8. "At Ulta Beauty, we have a dedicated nationwide team of investigators who work closely with various law enforcement agencies and other retailers to solve complex cases involving organized theft operations. We are deeply committed to this issue and to ensuring a safe working environment for our associates and shopping environment for our guests."

Mack would then sell the stolen cosmetic items on Amazon under her company name, Online Makeup Store. The store, according to state business records, was registered to Mack under the name, 95 & Sunny Inc. The search warrants reveal that the investigation began in September 2021 when California Highway Patrol Officers began investigating 12 individuals who committed more than 230 thefts at Ulta Beauty stores in Southern California, including stores in San Diego County. After the investigation started, two of the suspected shoplifters were arrested for shoplifting at Ulta stores on the East Coast.  cbs8.com

Lincoln, NE: Man sentenced for 'one-man crime spree' at Walmarts across U.S.
A man was sentenced in federal court in Lincoln on Friday for thefts from Walmart stores across the country, the U.S. Attorney's Office says. Marlon Tigner, 47, of California will serve almost six years in prison for fraudulent use of an unauthorized access device. Tigner was arrested in January on unrelated charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. While he was being booked in the Lancaster County Jail, authorities learned that he was a suspect in an organized retail crime scheme.
Tigner stole from Walmart cash registers "spanning from Washington to Massachusetts and from Texas to Wisconsin," the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Three of the stores were in Omaha. In total, he stole $690,484. At the sentencing, U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard called Tigner a "one-man crime spree." He ordered him to pay restitution. After prison, he will spend three years on supervised release.  klkntv.com

Vacaville, CA: 3 teens arrested after police find $40K in suspected stolen sunglasses from Vacaville store
Three teenagers are suspected of stealing more than $40,000 in sunglasses from a Vacaville store on Friday, police said. The Vacaville Police Department responded to a report of a large theft from a store in the Premium Outlets. Officers received a description of the vehicle and an officer was able to locate the suspect's vehicle license plate using traffic cameras. The suspected vehicle was found heading west on Interstate 80 through Fairfield. The Fairfield Police Department stopped the vehicle and detained the people inside. Two filled trash bags were seen in the vehicle and officers found dozens of sunglasses with the tags still attached in the bags. 

Sacramento County, CA: Operation Bad Elf in Sacramento leads to organized retail theft bust, $7,000 recovered
In a recent operation labeled "Bad Elf," law enforcement authorities discovered the involvement of three women in a series of organized retail thefts across various stores in the Sacramento area. The operation unfolded as
detectives witnessed two of the women entering a Target store, loading a cart with merchandise, while a third accomplice waited in a vehicle in the parking lot. Upon exiting the store without making any purchases, all three women were detained by the detectives during the process of loading stolen items into the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that earlier that day, the trio had committed thefts at multiple establishments, including Lululemon, Bath and Body Works, Michael's, CVS, and TJ Maxx. The stolen goods, totaling hundreds of items, were discovered inside the vehicle, prompting the arrest of the three individuals on charges of felony grand theft and conspiracy. Subsequently, the women were released pending their court date.  crimevoice.com

Pleasant Prairie, WI: After $5,000 merchandise theft, group returns to Premium Outlets; two arrested
Two men from a group suspected of stealing $5,000 in merchandise from the Premium Outlets Nike Factory Store, 11211 120th Ave, returned on Sunday and were arrested according to Pleasant Prairie police officials. According to Sgt. Chad Brown, two Hispanic mean in their 20s from Chicago were charged with retail theft in connection with thefts on Friday and Saturday totaling nearly $6,000. Brown said a group of several men had stolen $5,000 in merchandise on Friday from the store. Police were called at about 1 p.m. Saturday when the group returned, reportedly stealing about $750 in merchandise. Three people were apprehended, but one was let go due to lack of evidence verifying they had taken part in the thefts. Additional information, including specific charges, was not immediately available. 

Spokane, WA: Spokane Police arrest prolific shoplifter downtown
On 12/14/2023, SPD officers with the Downtown Precinct arrested 34 year old Nathan L. Loveland and charged him with 2nd Degree Organized Retail Theft. Several downtown retail stores report Loveland walking into their stores, grabbing handfuls of merchandise and walking out the front door. Store personnel say this happened multiple times over the last few weeks - in one case several times in the same day. Store security video from the Nike store captured Loveland stealing merchandise and officers were able to locate him in the downtown area shortly after a reported theft. Loveland was booked into the Spokane County Jail. The estimated value of goods stolen from both Nike and North Face in this particular theft spree is approximately $3,000. 

Memphis, TN: Smash-and-grab burglars target cell phone store, steal $5K worth of items
Burglars crashed into the entrance of an AT&T retail store early Monday morning, police said, getting away with $5,000 worth of goods. Officers responded to a call to dispatch at 5 a.m. about a burglary at the store at 4899 Summer Avenue, near the intersection with Mendenhall Road. A section of the entrance was ripped open. 

Champaign, IL: Police investigating a retail theft at Dick's House of Sport, value of $1,800

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Shootings & Deaths

South Peoria, IL: One shot during armed robbery at Dollar General
UPDATE 1:39 P.M. - Interim Captain Bryan Sylvester of the Peoria Police Department says a potential suspect is in custody. Law enforcement say one person was shot during an armed robbery at a Dollar General on Peoria's southside. It happened at around 12:20 at the Dollar General at the intersection of Southwest Adams, South Griswold and West Montana streets. The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The victim was said not to be an employee.  25newsnow.com

Washington, PA: Man hospitalized after shooting at Family Dollar
A man was taken to a hospital after a shooting at the Family Dollar in Washington on Sunday morning. A Washington County 911 supervisor confirmed emergency crews responded to the store along Highland Avenue at 10:39 a.m. The man was taken to a Pittsburgh-area hospital. His condition is not known at this time.  wpxi.com

Scotland County, NC: Men arrested after shooting inside grocery store
Two men were arrested after a shooting inside a Scotland County grocery store late last week. The Scotland County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened Friday at the County Line Grocery on Highway 71 near Maxton. Deputies said one of the suspects, Bryton Locklear, was at the scene with a gunshot wound. Locklear was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The second suspect, Bryan Chavis, showed up at a hospital later with a gunshot wound. Both men were treated and released from the hospital before being arrested. It's unclear what led to the shooting.  wmbfnews.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Colorado Springs, CO: Shoplifting suspect hits store clerk with vehicle
Police are looking for a suspected shoplifter who reportedly hit a store employee with a vehicle while fleeing the scene on Sunday. Officers responded to an 8:45 p.m. phone call about an assault in a parking lot near 400 W. Fillmore St., just east of Mark Dabling Boulevard, and learned that an employee at a nearby business had confronted someone they suspected of stealing. The suspect hit the employee with the vehicle and drove away, according to law enforcement officials. The victim was taken to a local hospital and is being treated for "serious life-threatening injuries," police said. No suspect information was given.  gazette.com

Mobile, AL: Man pulls machete on Winn-Dixie store manager during robbery
A Winn-Dixie store manager was threatened with a machete when he attempted to confront a robber, according to the Mobile Police Department. The robbery happened on Sunday just after 9 p.m. at the Winn-Dixie on Highway 90, according to an MPD news release. When officers arrived at the store, they were told that a man had come and "concealed merchandise," the release said. When the store manager attempted to intervene, the man pulled out a machete and threatened him, according to police. He then left the scene on a bicycle. No one was injured. Police are investigating the robbery.  wkrg.com

Houston, TX: Shoplifting turned robbery by force at a convenience store

Santa Fe Police Report Rise in Burglaries

Los Angeles, County, CA: 4 businesses burglarized within 20 minutes

Plain City, OH: Former Employee sentenced to 2 ½ years for stealing $200,000 from local brewery: $107,000 restitution ordered



Beauty - Woodland Hills, CA - Burglary
C-Store - Lyndon, VT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - St Johnsbury, VT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
C-Store - Augusta, GA - Burglary
C-Store - Houston, TX - Robbery
C-Store - Woodstock, IL - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Clothing - San Antonio, TX - Robbery
Clothing - Boston, MA - Burglary
Dollar - Saginaw, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar - Peoria, IL - Armed Robbery / Victim shot
Eyewear - Vacaville, CA - Robbery
Flowers - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Hardware - Orange County, CA - Burglary
Jewelry - East Point, GA - Robbery
Jewelry - Metaire, LA - Robbery
Jewelry - Paris TX - Burglary
Jewelry - Escondido, CA - Burglary
Jewelry - Canton, OH - Burglary
Jewelry - Miami, FL - Armed Robbery
Liquor - San Diego, CA - Burglary
Liquor - San Diego, CA - Burglary
Mall - Walnut Creek, CA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Woodland Hills, CA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Caledonia, MS - Burglary
Restaurant - San Francisco, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Memphis, TN - Burglary
Restaurant - Suwanee, GA - Burglary
Restaurant - Nashville, TN - Armed Robbery
Shoes - Los Angeles County, CA - Burglary
Shoes - Los Angeles County, CA - Burglary
Sports - Champaign, IL - Robbery                 


Daily Totals:
• 14 robberies
• 19 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed

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