Phil Clement named Chief Marketing Officer for Johnson Controls
Controls announced it has appointed Phil Clement as the company's chief
marketing officer responsible for all global activities related to
conceptualizing and implementing market strategy and demand generation,
including achieving marketing targets through in-depth market development,
research and planning. Clement most recently served as global chief marketing
and communications officer for Aon. As Aon's first ever global CMO, Clement was
responsible for developing the company's global CRM systems, common sales
processes and a single global brand. Prior to joining Aon, Clement was the
founder of a management consulting firm specializing in growth strategies.
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Exacq expands its Enterprise solution with the EM-Series 500
from Johnson Controls
Controls is introducing a new edition to its recently launched exacqVision EM-Series,
part of its Enterprise edition of video management solutions.
The new EM-Series 500 can manage and monitor up to 500 exacqVision Enterprise
recorders making it an ideal, cost-effective solution for installations in the
retail, education and government markets. The EM-Series was designed to run the
Enterprise Manager software and together offers a robust platform with a
simplified approach to enterprise video management.
Axis Communications expands AXIS M30 Network Camera Series
new generation of ultra-compact, fixed mini domes are designed for discreet
surveillance and improved business efficiency.
The AXIS M30 Network Camera Series features support for intelligent analytics
such as AXIS People Counter, AXIS Queue Monitor, and audio analytics for
improved business efficiency. These ultra-compact, fixed mini domes are equipped
with day/night functionality and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) for more clarity in
both dark and light areas in the scene.
Agilence Continues Commitment to Loss Prevention
Industry by Becoming Newest Master Level Partner with Loss Prevention Foundation
The Loss Prevention
Foundation (LPF) announced that
Inc. has advanced its partnership to become the newest Master level partner.
With their commitment to increase to the Master level Agilence is continuing to
set an example to the industry regarding the importance of higher education. The
Master level partnership secures numerous LPQ and LPC certification course
scholarships, as well as complimentary LPF memberships that Agilence can
distribute to loss prevention professionals. Headquartered in Greater
Philadelphia, Agilence, Inc. is an industry leader in Operational Analytics and
Reporting for retail, restaurant, and convenience organizations.
Stores and Shoppers Agree: Self-Checkout Is Hard
Retailers Experiment with Video Technology to Battle Rise of Theft
restorative justice,' says one shopper who steals at SCO
Walmart Inc., Target Corp. and other retailers are adding thousands of
self-checkout machines to U.S. stores to save money on labor as they spend more
to staff new services like online delivery. But self-checkouts come with new,
sometimes costly challenges as retailers try to curb theft, cut wait times and
keep customers happy.
Some retailers, including Walmart, have quietly disabled or removed the weight
sensors used to deter thieves, because they trigger too many “wait for
assistance” messages that annoy shoppers.
Now retailers hope cameras gathering data on products and shoppers can solve
their self-checkout woes. They are
replacing scales with video systems
say are better at catching mis-scanned items and stopping transactions in
progress only when it is necessary.
Theft jumps when customers are empowered to scan their own purchases, both at a
shelf-checkout register or with a hand-held device as they shop, according to
Some theft is premeditated and often involves “ticket switching,” or using the
bar code from an inexpensive item like Kool-Aid packets or votive candles to
cover the real bar code of a more expensive item while scanning, industry
Then there are the more passive forms of thievery. Some happens when a shopper
can’t find the bar code, gets frustrated and takes the item anyway. In other
“shoppers can stumble upon the opportunity” if they discover a retailer
has turned off the weight-based security system or isn’t properly staffing the
area, said an executive at a self-checkout manufacturer. “That is where you see
an increase,” the executive said.
One shopper interviewed by WSJ who admitted to intentionally mis-scanning items reasons that self-checkouts are annoying for shoppers and that
because of his own views about these companies’ practices.
“Clients are looking for alternatives to weight-based security systems” and are
turning to new technology, said David Wilkinson, senior vice president of
Retail, which is owned by NCR Corp. and makes the self-checkout devices in most Walmart stores. NCR recently started pitching clients its own version of video
technology that is augmented by humans off-site watching 5-to 10-second clips of
suspected mis-scans to help reduce false positives, Mr. Wilkinson said.
U.S. charges China’s Huawei with racketeering and conspiracy
to steal U.S. trade secrets in new indictment
U.S. federal prosecutors have charged Chinese tech giant Huawei with
racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets, escalating a case that began
new charges accuse Huawei and its subsidiaries of a
decades-long effort to steal intellectual property from six U.S. tech companies,
including by offering Huawei employees bonuses for obtaining confidential
information, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York said
Huawei and two of its U.S. subsidiaries violated the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, through their actions, prosecutors said. The
alleged theft helped Huawei illegally obtain technology relating to Internet
routers and antennas, giving the company an unfair competitive advantage,
Apple store workers should be paid for time waiting to be searched, court rules
California law requires Apple Inc. to pay its workers for being searched before
they leave retail stores, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously
Thursday. A group of Apple workers filed a class-action lawsuit against the tech
giant, charging they were required to submit to searches before leaving the
stores but were not compensated for the time those searches required. The U.S.
9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the case is now pending, asked the
California Supreme Court to clarify whether state law requires compensation.
In a decision written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the court said an
industrial wage order defines hours worked as “the time during which an employee
is subject to the control of an employer, and includes all the time the employee
is suffered or permitted to work, whether or not required to do so.”
- Sex Scandals Hit
Fashion executive Peter Nygard accused of sexually assaulting young girls
Over decades, he allegedly drugged & raped
girls as young as 15
women filed a class-action lawsuit in New York on Thursday against fashion
retailer Peter Nygard, alleging sexual assaults that played out over decades and
saw the now 77-year-old executive drug and rape girls as young as 15.
Mr. Nygard, the Winnipeg-based owner of an eponymous 170-store women’s
clothing chain, is alleged to have lured women to his Nygard Cay vacation
compound in the Bahamas and his homes under the pretense of interviewing for
modelling contracts or inviting them to fashion industry events, known as
“pamper parties.” The lawsuit alleges Mr. Nygard would then “use alcohol,
drugs, force, fraud and/or other forms of coercion" to commit unwanted sex
acts, including sodomy and insisting the women defecate and urinate on him.
The lawsuit alleges that if women resisted his overtures, Mr. Nygard had
bartenders at his Mayan-themed vacation home spike their drinks with drugs such
as Rohypnol, known as the “date-rape drug.” The filing, made in United
States District Court for the Southern District of New York, states that Mr.
Nygard bribed Bahamian politicians and police officers to hide his actions. The
filing asks the Manhattan court to prohibit Mr. Nygard from engaging in unlawful
acts, and for “damages in an amount to be determined at trial.”
Mr. Nygard’s Winnipeg-based lawyer, Jay Prober, said on Thursday the allegations
were “completely false, without foundation and vigorously denied.”
Victoria’s Secret Added New Safety Measures. Models Say It’s Not Enough
lingerie chain finds itself at the center of the fashion industry’s reckoning
the spring of last year, Victoria’s Secret imposed official rules to protect its
lingerie models for the first time in its four-decade history. The Harvey
Weinstein scandal was at that point almost two years old, and the MeToo movement
that would follow was fostering something of a cultural rejection of the
underwear maker's dated vision of female beauty, accelerating the 75% collapse
in the stock price of its parent company L Brands Inc. from a 2015 peak.
Management could no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the perils its models
faced on the job — being alone with photographers or executives who wielded
power over their careers, feeling pressure to bare more of their bodies or
participate in private photo shoots.
This month, the New York Times published an
investigation of working conditions at Victoria’s Secret, including fresh
allegations that former L Brands Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek had harassed
women and that Wexner had ignored complaints about them. Razek denied the
allegations, and Wexner didn’t comment to the Times. L Brands is in talks to
sell Victoria’s Secret, and Wexner is considering stepping aside as CEO.
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The Rippling Effect of Coronavirus Across Retail
Retailers Can Take to Mitigate Supple Chain Disruption
For retailers and business partners alike, the coronavirus is more than just a
health concern; it’s an existing threat to the world’s global economic system.
That’s because Wuhan stands as ground zero for high-tech manufacturing
industries like automobile, technology, chemical, life science, health care, and
retail. And to emphasize just how important the region is to global trade, check
these facts: Wuhan’s contributing GDP reached $213 billion in 2018, and to date,
more than half of the Fortune 500 businesses have operations in the area,
including Apple, Starbucks, and Costco Wholesale.
The coronavirus and its lingering uncertainties have led to an overall
disruption in global supply chains and world-wide economies. But there are steps
organizations can take to mitigate impact:
1. Consider geographic diversification in
sourcing and manufacturing
This is the obvious first-step solution, since it automatically removes China
from the supply chain equation, allowing other non-affected parties in different
geographical locations to keep supply chain operations running smoothly.
Incidentally, many retailers have already started diversifying their sourcing
and manufacturing operations on account of the existing trade war between the
U.S. and China and China’s shifting footprint in global politics. Still, despite
the seemingly straightforwardness of this solution, it’s a risky move that
involves a lot of time and even more investment. Plus, retailers should be aware
of the varying compliance regulations and production capabilities per region.
2. Monitor risk in real-time with a
digitized supply chain
Retailers can adopt retail software platforms that monitor, track, and manage
potential supply chain disruptions in real-time. With these multi-enterprise
solutions, each and every supply chain stakeholder can connect seamlessly on a
single platform, allowing instantaneous communication on any threat to a
well-managed supply chain (i.e., new developments around city and government
lockdowns of industrial areas and potential transportation interruptions.). More
importantly, these stakeholders have 100% visibility into all supply chain
operations, giving them leeway to make alternative business decisions and
3. Perform a cost-benefit analysis to
mitigate damage to margins
Supply chain risk is inevitable, so retail organizations should consider using
cost analysis tools to better assess ROI amid disruptive events, like the
coronavirus outbreak. These costing tools allow retailers to easily forecast,
prepare for, and mitigate potential financial risk.
Chinatowns throughout North America Impacted by Coronavirus
Restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco Chinatowns say their business has been
slashed by 50 percent or more, a decrease caused by the one-two punch of novel
coronavirus panic and a precipitous drop in tourism from China. It’s a problem
that’s hitting Chinese restaurants across the country, Eater’s national site
reports, with business decreases of 50 to
70 percent in New York’s Manhattan,
Queens, and Brooklyn Chinatowns. Similar drops have been reported in Chinese
restaurants in Boston and Houston.
Coronavirus death toll mounts in China as U.S. braces for long fight, more cases
Coronavirus Fallout Top-of-Mind Among Retailers, Vendors at Vegas Shows
Amazon and Jeff Bezos getting the 'Frontline' treatment
An upcoming episode of PBS’ acclaimed investigative journalism series
“Frontline” will put Jeff Bezos under the harsh glare of the spotlight and
examine how Amazon is reshaping commerce, work and technology.
On Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. Est, PBS local stations will broadcast “Amazon
Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos,” which investigates how Bezos built a
business empire that is “unprecedented in the history of American capitalism,”
according to PBS. The two-hour documentary will look at Amazon’s ascent and ask
tough questions about the consequences, added PBS.
Part of “Amazon Empire” will focus on working conditions in the company’s
expansive fulfillment network. “Frontline” speaks with former employees at the
Amazon centers who describe intense working conditions, and who say they
struggled to keep up with the rate at which Amazon expected them to pick and
Shopping under the influence
Chardonnay in the shoe department: Retailers are increasingly serving alcohol to
woo shoppers, vying to create an experience they can’t get online
Across the country, shopping centers, malls and major chains like
Crate & Barrel, Whole Foods and Giant
are increasingly allowing — even
encouraging — customers to imbibe while they browse. It’s the latest attempt by
stores to offer shoppers an experience they can’t get online, like in-store
climbing walls and designer trunk shows but with a much bigger reach: Retailers
say customers tend to stay longer and spend more freely when they’re drinking.
“I don’t know why it took us so long to put drinking and shoes together, but
it’s a great combination,” chief executive Erik Nordstrom said at the National
Retail Federation’s annual conference last month. “Customers at the bar,
drinking — it helps sell things."
Ross Dress for Less partners with Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
Ross Stores and The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club have partnered through a
four-week program called "Help Local Kids Learn," running through the end of
February. "We are proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America during our
annual campaign in February," said Gary
Cribb, executive vice president, store operations and loss prevention from Ross
Stores. "We invite our Ross customers to
join us in donating to the clubs and helping youth develop the skills they need
to have a bright future."
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- Robert Daugherty, VP of Talent Acquisition, Lowe's
NRF: January retail sales grew 2.7% over last year
Amy Poehler Invented Galentine's Day, Now Retailers Are Seizing On It
Iconic Vancouver Retailer ‘Leone’ Downsizes Store Amid Unprecedented Luxury
Canadian Tire Q4 comp's up 4.8%, revenue up 4.5%
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THREE LP SOLUTIONS WITH UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
Everyone can agree that technology has made life
easier and, in many cases, safer. People all over the world tend to race toward
the newest technology, such as the latest iPhone, or the most recent Virtual
Assistant, such as the Amazon Echo. In some cases, newly offered features on
some of these devices are so minimal they hardly warrant a new product release.
Yet, people still line up to be the first to purchase them. This technomania is
rarely concerning because it doesn’t affect the masses. Any decision to purchase
these technologies is a personal one.
But what if retailers are too quick to adopt a technological solution that they
feel will positively impact their business? Worse yet – what if Loss Prevention
(LP) executives unwittingly purchase a technological solution that either
doesn’t work as intended or puts their respective organizations in a liability
Anyone who thinks this is a far-fetched scenario should rethink their position.
Here are three technological solutions retailers have implemented that can have
1. Entrance/Exit Gates
3. Facial Recognition Software
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temporarily blocks Microsoft's $10-Billion Pentagon cloud contract after Amazon
A federal judge Thursday ordered a temporary block on the JEDI cloud contract,
which was awarded to Microsoft, in response to a suit filed by Amazon.
The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, cloud computing contract
is intended to modernize the Pentagon’s IT operations. The contract could be
worth up to $10 billion for services rendered over as many as 10 years.
Microsoft was awarded the contract on Oct. 25.
US Sen. Gillibrand Announces Legislation to Create a Data Protection Agency
The Data Protection Act (DPA) would create a consumer watchdog to give Americans
control and protection of their data, promote a competitive digital marketplace,
and prepare the U.S. for the digital age.
Introduced by U.S. Kirsten Gillibrand, the DPA will have the authority and
resources to effectively enforce data protection rules - created either by
itself or congress - and would be equipped with a broad range of enforcement
tools, including civil penalties, injunctive relief, and equitable remedies. The
DPA would promote data protection and privacy innovation across public and
private sectors, developing and providing resources such as Privacy Enhancing
Technologies (PETs) that minimize or even eliminate the collection of personal
data. The U.S. is one of the only democracies, and the only member of the
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), without a federal
data protection agency, says a press release.
Ohio man charged for laundering $300 million through Bitcoin 'mixer'
American law enforcement just illustrated how important cryptocurrency has
become in the criminal world. Federal agents have
charged Ohio resident Larry Harmon for allegedly running a darknet-based
Bitcoin "mixer" that laundered the equivalent of roughly $300 million for drug
dealers and other crooks. Helix, as it was called while it ran between 2014 and
2017, reportedly let customers pay to send Bitcoin in a way that hid the true
source. It operated with "brazenness," the IRS' Don Fort said. Helix supposedly
partnered with AlphaBay to serve the darknet black market's customers, and
advertised Helix on the Grams search engine (which Harmon apparently ran) as a
way to hide deals from police.
3rd-Party Breaches - and the Number of Records Exposed - Spiked in 2019
In a recent analysis of data pertaining to security breaches in 2019, Risk Based
Security uncovered a sharp increase in incidents involving companies handling
sensitive data for business partners and other clients. The total number of such
third-party breaches hit 368 in 2019, up from 328 in 2018 and 273 in 2017 — a
35% increase in two years.
In addition, the number of records exposed in these breaches skyrocketed 273%
last year, from just over 1.7 billion in 2018 to 4.8 billion in 2019. On
average, some 13 million records were exposed in each third-party breach in
2019, making it easily the worst year ever on record, according to the
analysis. Data exposed in these breaches ran the gamut, including names,
addresses, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, credit card numbers, email
addresses, and financial data.
Cybercriminals Swap Phishing for Credential Abuse, Vuln Exploits
Phishing attacks are growing less popular as cybercriminals learn they don't
need to manipulate targets to gain access to their accounts. Instead they are
breaking in with stolen credentials and known vulnerabilities, both of which
are more difficult for enterprise victims to detect.
This trend is one of many highlighted in IBM's "X-Force Threat Intelligence
Index 2020," which aims to provide an overview of the threat landscape to
security pros often caught in the weeds of day-to-day alerts.
Phishing made up 31% of attacks in 2019, a notable drop from about half of
attacks the year prior, according to the report. Exploits of known
vulnerabilities came in second, spiking from 8% in 2018 to 30% in 2019. In third
place were incidents using stolen credentials, a technique close behind at 29%
Average tenure of a CISO is just 26 months due to high stress and burnout
Mac threats are growing faster than their Windows counterparts
Developer David Sancho explains how adidas
created an open entrance with the
The concealed overhead RFID EAS
Solution that combines excellent detection performance with the
smallest possible impact on the store’s design.
Amazon stocks up on Chinese products as coronavirus disrupts supplies
As the coronavirus outbreak in China
local manufacturing businesses, the world's largest online marketplace is
Amazon placed off-cycle orders with some of its suppliers last week to increase
inventory of Chinese-made products as it "prepare[s] for possible supply chain
disruptions due to recent global events originating in China," according
to an internal email
obtained by Business Insider.
The news comes after Amazon
told Reuters in the same week that its operation has not been interrupted by
the virus that has lead to the deaths of more than
1,000 people and infected upwards of 43,000. Since then, Amazon has
confirmed that the order was a cautionary move.
40 percent of sellers on Amazon's U.S. marketplace are based in China.
But many Chinese factories have been
unable to resume production after the Lunar New Year holidays, as workers
across China have been unable or unwilling to return to work due to travel
restrictions and local law enforcement practices. Manufacturers, too, have
reach suppliers and provide face masks for workers according to national
Anticipating shortages, Amazon has been
placing orders with first-party suppliers to stock up on several weeks of
supply for Chinese products— even offering suppliers extra shipping time and
"proactively waiving" late-shipment fees for them.
To "ensure shopper experience and seller account performance," Amazon also
published advice on
its Chinese website Saturday for third-party sellers bracing for the market
impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com to hire 20,000 people who can't work because of
Chinese government has made saving jobs a major priority as the coronavirus
outbreak disrupts businesses and sends shockwaves across the world's second
biggest economy. Now some of the most prominent companies in China are taking in
displaced workers to help cushion the blow. JD.com (JD), one of China's largest
e-commerce firms, has promised to open up more than 20,000 new positions.
It's hiring warehouse workers, couriers and drivers.
Dada Group, a local on-demand delivery provider that is backed by JD, will
create an additional 15,000 positions. JD.com's supermarket chain, 7FRESH,
will also reach out to employees from restaurants, hotels, cinemas and retail
outlets "that are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus," the company said
in a statement. Alibaba (BABA) announced a similar plan this week.
Some workers have already found jobs through these initiatives. JD.com said
Wednesday that its logistics unit has taken in at least 700 employees from
more than 10 companies, adding that the firm is continuing to work with
partners, staffing agencies and restaurants to recruit more people in thousands
73% of Brands Selling on Amazon are Advertising on the Platform
The study found that nearly three-quarters (73%) of brands selling on Amazon are
advertising on the platform, reflecting a 26% increase from last year. As Amazon
works to become the No. 2 global leader in digital advertising, the analysis
shows that nearly all brands (98%) using the company’s advertising solutions
find them valuable.
Walmart Pulls Plug on Unsuccessful "Personal Shopper" Service
Amazon (And Others) Brace For India’s New eCommerce Tax
Tampa, FL: Fourth arrest made in diesel fuel theft cases|
arrest has been made in a possible ring of thieves pumping diesel into concealed
bladder tanks inside their vehicles, then paying the expensive bill with bogus
credit cards. The vans, trucks and SUVs are modified, have false bottoms, and
are converted to hide high-capacity tanks. The drivers can make multiple stops
in under 30 minutes, swiping numerous fraudulent cards, and driving off with
dangerous amounts of diesel. The group is responsible for the theft of over
$1,000 in fuels and over 100 re-coded gift cards were seized by Hillsborough
Sioux Falls, SD: 2 charged with $20,000 theft from Verizon store
Two men are in custody after their arrest on suspicion of breaking into a Sioux
City Verizon store and stealing more than $20,000 worth of phones and
accessories. Daniel Wenzel, 33, is being held on charges of third-degree
burglary and two counts of first-degree theft. Levi Iverson, 42, listed as a
transient living is held on a $53,900 bond for third-degree burglary, possession
of burglary tools and two counts of first-degree theft. Police responded to
alarms at Verizon Wireless, at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday and found the glass of the
front door broken out and a Ford pickup truck reported stolen on Friday backed
up to the door and running. When officers entered the store, two suspects ran
out the back door, dropping stolen goods, burglary tools and clothing as they
Fairfield, CT: Pair Stole $1,800 In Items From Stop & Shop; associated
with ORC Ring
New York men believed to be associated with an organized theft ring face several
charges after they were caught attempting to steal thousands of dollars in
health and beauty products from a Fairfield grocery store. Officers were
contacted about 6:30 p.m. Sunday by security at Super Stop & Shop about two men,
later identified as Akanilli Dekattu and Tequan Robinson, who were seen on
surveillance video putting health and beauty items in a large black bag. Police
responded to the retailer and were outside when Dekattu and Robinson were
leaving, according to the post, which said the men fled on foot, dropping the
black bag in the parking lot. Both men were later apprehended by Police. Inside
the suspect vehicle, officers found a second black bag containing a large amount
of health and beauty merchandise that was determined to have been stolen from
another Stop & Shop, the post said. Robinson and Dekattu stole $1,804.49 worth
of items from the Fairfield store and the stolen merchandise in their vehicle
was valued at $616.61.
McLennan County , TX: Former probation officer arrested in multi-county
theft ring bust
A former McLennan County adult probation officer was arrested early Thursday in
connection with what the McLennan County Sheriff's Office called a multi-county
theft and burglary ring. Brittany Gail Hanzlicek, 29, was one of several
suspects arrested this week on second-degree felony charges of engaging in
organized criminal activity in the case, which involved a crime ring spanning
McLennan, Lampasas, Navarro and Bell counties, officials said. Hazlicek was
terminated from her position within the last month, authorities said. According
to the arrest affidavit, Hanzlicek worked with several other people over several
months to steal property and conceal it at her Speegleville home. The group
coordinated to sell or trade the property for money or drugs, the affidavit
states. Multiple search warrants uncovered property hidden around the county.
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara estimated that more than $130,000 in
property was taken from several private and commercial properties in Central
Manteca, CA: 2 Arrested In Connection To Organized Retail Crime Ring In Manteca
Police in Manteca say their new effort to root out so-called organized retail
theft crime rings has resulted in an increase in arrests and prosecutions. The
department says these crime rings have been inflicting big financial losses to
local businesses. An investigator has since been assigned as a pilot program
against organized retail theft crimes. As a result, police say arrests and
prosecutions of these suspects has increased. Police say a good example of the
effort came on Wednesday when an officer on routine patrol pulled over a car for
a traffic violation. The officer noticed some items in the car that led him to
suspect the pair inside were involved in the crime ring. As it turns out, police
investigators linked the pair to several organized retail crimes in Manteca. The
pair has been identified as 32-year-old Jose Galindo and 19-year-old Josephina
Perez, both Stockton residents. Galinda is being held without bail while
Perez is being held on $1,000,000 bail. The large bail amount and felony
charges often come as a surprise to the suspects, police say. Police hope these
kinds of consequences get the attention of anyone else considering taking part
in organized retail crime.
Los Banos, CA: Repeat JC Penney thieves arrested after $2,400 grab and run theft
On February 13, 2020, two men walked into a JC Penney store and ran out after
grabbing over $2,400 in merchandise. As the pair were leaving, they knocked down
a Loss Prevention Officer who was trying to stop them. They then left in a truck
and were stopped by police on Highway 152. The vehicle driven by the men has
been used in a number of thefts from JC Penney stores in the Modesto and Merced
Shootings & Deaths
Raleigh, NC: Manhunt results in arrest of man suspected in murder outside
Carolina Open Air Market
Investigators, following a 12-hour manhunt, arrested the man suspected in a
deadly shooting Wednesday night at the Carolina Open Air Market, according to a
news release from the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. Luis Alberto Rodriguez, 32,
is charged with murder. Investigators believe a physical altercation outside the
store., between him and 31-year-old Joseph Brooks Lee ended with Rodriguez
shooting Lee once.
Rodriguez is being held at the Wake County Detention Center.
Dedham, MA: Gas Station Clerk shot and wounded in Armed Robbery; non-life
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
Fort Drum, NY: Three Fort Drum soldiers plead guilty in multiple gun store
Three Fort Drum, New York, soldiers have pleaded guilty to charges in connection
with two gun store burglaries and now face up to 10 years in prison for the
crimes. Rian Patterson, 23, and Devin Diggs, 20, were stationed at Fort Drum
when they burglarized a firearms dealer in Gouvernuer, New York, on Sept. 14,
2019, and De Kalb Junction, New York, on Sept. 29, 2019. The pair pleaded guilty
in federal court this week to federal firearms charges.
Peachtree, GA: Man uses shopping cart to help stop shoplifting suspect
in Peachtree City, Georgia released footage on Feb. 13 to publicly thank a
civic-minded shopper who used a cart to help them take down a shoplifting
suspect. The Peachtree City Police Department said two people attempted to
shoplift from a Home Depot store in the city on Jan. 18. As officers chased one
of the suspects in a nearby Walmart parking lot, a man shoved a shopping cart
into the path of the suspect, causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect was
checked by paramedics at the scene but he was not injured.
Philadelphia, PA: Thieves steal iPhones from AT&T store at Philadelphia Mills
Newly released video shows thieves stealing several iPhones from the AT&T store
inside Philadelphia Mills in Northeast Philadelphia. Police said the suspects
made their way into a back room and forced an employee to open a cabinet
containing several iPhones. After taking the phones, the men fled through the
former Franklin Mills mall. This happened back on January 27.
Chesterfield County, VA: Police nab suspect wanted for robbing Walgreens and CVS
pharmacies in December
Magnolia, AR: C-Store Employees and others tied to $24,000 cash theft
Lancaster Township, PA; Giant Eagle charged with cash thefts total over $2,000
Charlotte, NC: Woman sentenced to Prison for Identity Theft and Financial Card
Marilyn Aragon, 21, pled guilty in a Charlotte, NC court to identity theft,
obtaining property by false pretenses, and five counts of financial card
forgery. She was sentenced to 12-24 months in prison; that sentence was
suspended pending her successful completion of 36 months of supervised
probation. Marilyn used stolen debit credit card numbers to purchase merchandise
from a business in 2017 in and around Charlotte, NC. In one case Marilyn used a
woman's Fifth Third Bank Debit MasterCard for weeks in December 2017. The victim
stated that her stolen card was used at ATM's, 7-Eleven, Wal-Mart's, Harris
Teeter, Food Lion, and Cook-Out.
Smith County, TX: Man involved in 2017 Gas Station robbery death, sentenced to
35 years in prison
Cargo Theft: Truckers warned about theft ring at Illinois rest stops
The warning from the Illinois DOT reads: We are working with Illinois State
Police to combat a theft ring that has impacted the westbound Three Rivers Rest
Area on I-80 near Minooka for an extended period. It is now impacting the
eastbound rest area as well. The theft consists of opening cab doors while
truckers are sleeping and stealing their wallets. At the eastbound rest area,
thieves are breaking into the cargo areas. We urge truck operators to use extra
caution, lock all doors and secure their loads. We strive to keep the rest areas
as safe as possible and appreciate your assistance in the matter.
AT&T – Philadelphia, PA – Robbery
AT&T – Lexington, NC –
C-Store – Ascension
Parish, LA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Glen Burnie,
MD – Armed Robbery
CVS – Petersburg, VA -
Gas Station – Dedham,
MA – Armed Robbery
Gas Station –
Chicopee, MA -Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Dayton,
OH – Robbery
Guns – Madison, AL –
JC Penney – Los Banos,
CA – Robbery/ Assault on LP
Jewelry - Happy Valley, OR – Robbery
Jewelry – Bakersfield, CA – Robbery
Jewelry – Hammond, LA – Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Bowie, MD – Robbery
Restaurant – San
Francisco, CA – Robbery
Restaurant – Baton
Rouge, LA – Burglary
Restaurant – Fort
Wayne, IN – Armed Robbery
Verizon – Sioux Falls,
SD – Burglary
7-Eleven – Glen Burnie,
MD – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – Spokane, WA
Jacksonville, FL – Armed Robbery
• 18 robberies
• 3 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
• 83 robberies
• 43 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
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