Vector Security® Networks Hires Lucas Burroughs as National Accounts Manager
Security® Networks, a division of Vector Security®, Inc. and the single
source provider of managed network services and physical security solutions to
multi-site businesses across North America, announces Lucas Burroughs has joined
its team as National Accounts Manager.
Most recently, Burroughs was with CenturyLink Business as Lead Commercial
Acquisition Account Manager working with enterprise and small business clients
to provide solutions that allow them to focus on their core business. His areas
of expertise include hybrid IT, network solutions, unified communications on
VoIP, and cloud services. While at CenturyLink, he attended numerous President’s
Circle events as a top performer in sales.
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McDonald’s U.S. Security Team in
San Diego - January 2020
"We enable a safe & secure customer obsessed culture
which empowers our business partners with solutions that safeguard brand trust"
Back row (L-R) – Paulette Horne, Bill Ball, Rob Holm, Octavio Jara,
Michael Peaster, Jed Weinstein, Andy Boros & Kevin Wright
Front row (L-R) – Hugo Cortez, Daniel Thomas, DeRon Finney, Sharon Cruz,
Johnny Webb, Holly Hughes & Sruthy Kuruvilla
Thanks to William Ball, Field Security Manager, McDonald’s U.S. Security, for
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Agilence Wins 3rd Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year
'The Most Interesting Man in the World' Congratulate Agilence in a Video
Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are the world’s top honors for
customer service, contact center, business development, and sales professionals.
Agilence recently won a Bronze Stevie® Award for Customer Service Department of the
Year at the 14th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service.
They had "The Most Interesting Man in the World", famous for the Dos Equis beer
commercials, film a shout-out to the Agilence team, congratulating them on their
Watch the video here!
Security's Role - Huge
Impact on Video Surveillance Industry
1st Mall Disruption - REI Shuts Washington HQ - Twitter Sends Employees Home
First Coronavirus Mall Disruption:
San Antonio North Star Mall reopens after infected coronavirus evacuee visited
San Antonio mall closed for deep cleaning after visit from coronavirus
evacuee who tested positive for COVID-19
Star Mall has reopened following a deep cleaning after a woman “visited our
shopping center and was later found to have tested positive for the
according to the mall’s Facebook page.
North Star Mall closed on Monday for 24 hours after officials were notified of
the woman’s visit.
“The San Antonio Metro Health District has stated this individual was not
exhibiting any symptoms and is considered to be relatively low risk to the
public,” officials for the shopping center said in a Facebook post Monday.
The woman was evacuated from Wuhan, China, in early February and met the
criteria for release after testing negative for the COVID-19 coronavirus twice.
A separate lab test that was pending when she was released revealed a
positive test result.
According to the North Star Mall Facebook page, a “few stores will have delayed
The woman was re-isolated after spending 12 hours in the San Antonio community
where she visited the mall for around two hours and also checked into a hotel
near San Antonio International Airport.
Officials with the shopping center said San Antonio Metro Health District
maintained that the risk to the public “is considered to be relatively low.”
ASIS Magazine Lead Article This Month
In a Pandemic, Preparation Hinges on Prevention
No Country is Fully Prepared for Pandemics &
All Have Gaps
Infectious diseases know no borders. So says the first Global Health Security (GHS)
Index, a benchmarking assessment of health security and related capabilities
across 195 countries, released in October 2019. The
produced alarming results—in measuring countries’ abilities to prevent,
detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, the average global score was
a mere 40.2 out of 100. Unpreparedness stretched across all income levels as
well; among the 60 high-income countries assessed, the score climbed to just
According to the report, “national health security is fundamentally weak
around the world. No country is fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics,
and every country has important gaps to address.”
The GHS Index also rated countries individually based on six factors: prevention
of the emergence or release of pathogens; early detection and reporting for
epidemics of potential international concern; rapid response to and mitigation
of the spread of an epidemic; sufficient and robust health system to treat the
sick and protect health workers; commitments to improving national capacity,
financing, and adherence to norms; and overall risk environment and country
vulnerability to biological threats.
Across those metrics, the most prepared countries overall include the United
States, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Australia, Canada, and Thailand.
The Index also recommended strengthening information-sharing channels between
veterinary, wildlife, and public health professionals and policymakers.
Considering that direct contact with animals may be a risk factor for
many serious diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), this
level of communication is essential, especially for new or novel viruses. In
late 2019 and early 2020, Chinese authorities linked the emergence of a new
strain of coronavirus-triggered pneumonia to a seafood and live animal market in
Wuhan, in central China.
“When it comes to continuity planning, businesses think through fires, floods,
and IT disruptions, but they don’t consider the flu,” Hauer says.
Editor's Note: Great article on how a Global Security Advisor and his
security team played a critical role in helping to contain and stop the Ebola
outbreak in Nigeria and Senegal.
Research Shows Coronavirus Could Disrupt the Video Surveillance Market
90% of Global Production & 25% of Global
Although the coronavirus outbreak has had only a minimal impact on the video
surveillance market so far, the industry still faces a risk from falling
demand and a potential production bottleneck spurred by labor and component
shortages in China, according to research from Omdia, a global technology
Production of video surveillance equipment is heavily concentrated in China,
with the country accounting for 90 percent of the global production of video
surveillance cameras, and 45 percent of worldwide global market revenue in 2019.
As a result, any coronavirus-related disruption to production, supply chains or
workforces in the country could have a significant impact for a global video
surveillance market, which totaled to $19.9 billion in 2019.
“Given China’s status as the world’s largest producer and consumer of video
surveillance cameras, the country wields a proportionately massive influence on
the global market for these products,” said By Tommy Zhu, senior analyst, video
surveillance, Omdia. “Video surveillance equipment suppliers in China currently
are contending with reduced production because of a lack of manpower and delays
following the Lunar New Year.
Coronavirus in N.Y.: Outbreak Will Spread in City, Officials Warn
'Impossible' to contain in the short term
York officials warned on Monday that the coronavirus was likely to spread in New
York City, a day after confirming that a Manhattan woman had contracted the
virus while traveling in Iran and was now isolated in her home.
“Community spread is going to be real,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said at a
news conference, alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio. “That is inevitable.”
The coronavirus had landed in Manhattan was sure to raise the level of anxiety
across this dense city, where people spend their days in close quarters. By rush
hour on Monday morning, every cough or sneeze on the subway sounded a little
louder and closer than it did last week. A few people wore surgical masks; one
woman held the end of a paisley scarf to her mouth and nose.
Mr. Cuomo also said the state would institute new cleaning protocols in
crowded public places, including schools and busses. “If it smells like
bleach when you get on a bus or when a child goes to school, it is not bad
cologne,” he said. “It is bleach.” He said that the public health system was
focused on reducing the spread of the virus, but suggested that eliminating it
in New York was likely to prove impossible in the short term.
Genetic analysis suggests coronavirus infections double every six days,
spreading to hundreds
An evolutionary analysis based on the genome sequences of COVID-19 coronavirus
samples taken from patients in the Seattle area suggests that the number of
infections doubles roughly every six days, which translates into hundreds
of infections over the course of the past six weeks.
The analysis laid out in a series of tweets from Trevor Bedford, a researcher at
Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center who specializes in the study of
viral dynamics, concludes that many more people are likely to be part of a chain
of infections leading from the first patient in the U.S. to be diagnosed with
the virus. Some probably passed along the virus even though they didn’t know
they were infected — a phenomenon known as “cryptic transmission.”
Twitter told its 5,000 employees to work from home because of the coronavirus
Don't Come In, Please
the last few days, a number of Silicon Valley companies have been coping with
the virus’s incursion into their workforces. Two Amazon employees based in Italy
have contracted the coronavirus, and Facebook has reportedly advised its
employees to “feel
free” to work from home.
went a step further on Tuesday.
“Beginning today, we are strongly encouraging all employees globally to work
from home if they’re able,” the company said in a blog post. “Our goal is to
lower the probability of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus for us — and the
world around us. We are operating out of an abundance of caution and the utmost
dedication to keeping our Tweeps healthy.”
The company said that US offices would still be open for employees who feel the
need to come in person.
Airport Shops Suffer ‘Crisis’ as Coronavirus Upends Travel
Airport retail at some of the major Asian hubs has tumbled 60% to 70%, according
to the Moodie Davitt Report, a travel retail-intelligence service provider.
Airport foot traffic in San Francisco fell 15% in February, compared with a year
earlier, and declined 20% at Los Angeles International Airport, according to
geolocation data platform Advan Research.
At Terminal 1 of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, food-court
vendors and retailers such as Hudson News said daily revenues have fallen as
much as 50% in recent weeks as passenger traffic has plunged.
REI Shuts Washington State Campuses After Potential Virus Exposure
Retailer to do a deep clean of buildings before workers return
Online shopping surges as coronavirus spreads, raising concerns about delivery
ASIS Disease Outbreak Security Resources
Washington, Florida Governors Declare State of Emergency for Coronavirus
Five Dallas Police Officers Sent Home After Arresting Man Being Watched for
Close to a Million in U.S. Could Be Tested for Coronavirus This Week
Las Vegas store shelves emptied as shoppers take precautions against coronavirus
‘Where Do I Find Your Hand Sanitizer?’ Sorry, We Have None.
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Q4 & 2019 Retail Violent Fatalities Report
Fatalities Up 33% since 2016
Incidents up 20% since 2016
Flat Over 2018
The Facial Recognition Company That Scraped Facebook And Instagram Photos Is
Developing Surveillance Cameras
Clearview AI, the
secretive company that’s built a database of billions of photos scraped
without permission from social media and the web, has been testing its facial
recognition software on surveillance cameras and augmented reality glasses,
according to documents seen by BuzzFeed News.
Clearview, which claims its software can match a picture of any individual to
photos of them that have been posted online, has quietly been working on a
surveillance camera with facial recognition capabilities. That device is being
developed under a division called Insight Camera, which has been tested by at
least two potential clients according to documents.
On its website — which was
taken offline after BuzzFeed News requested comment from a Clearview
spokesperson — Insight said it offers “the smartest security camera” that is
“now in limited preview to select retail, banking and residential buildings.”
Insight Camera’s main site had no obvious connection to Clearview, but BuzzFeed
News was able to link it to the facial recognition company by comparing the code
from Insight and Clearview’s respective log-in pages, which both shared numerous
references to Clearview’s servers. This shared code also mentioned something
called “Fastlane,” a "checkin app."
A UPS employee was arrested after allegedly threatening a mass shooting with
over 20,000 rounds of ammunition found
United Parcel Service (UPS) employee was arrested after sending threatening
text messages to his employer about planning a mass shooting at a UPS facility
in Northern California, authorities said. Police found over 20,000 rounds of
handgun and rifle ammunition, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety (DPS)
said in the release Monday.
DPS patrol officers immediately began an investigation Sunday after receiving a
report that Andrews sent text messages to his employer indicating that he was
planning a mass shooting, the release said. Officers discovered four handguns
and a rifle were registered in his name and began a search for the suspect.
A search warrant of his home revealed more than 20,000 rounds of handgun and
rifle ammunition, high capacity magazines, five tactical style rifles, a shot
gun, three handguns and body armor, the release said. Several backpacks with
ammunition were at the front door of the apartment, the release said.
One of the biggest problems in the sneaker resale market - Counterfeits
Entrupy Releases Legit Check Tech (LCT)
device that uses artificial intelligence to determine whether a sneaker is
counterfeit or not — and it only takes about a minute to use.
The technology is meant to equip high-level resellers and marketplaces with a
quick way to authenticate sneakers.
Counterfeiting is a big problem for sneaker resellers. Authorities recently
busted a counterfeiting operation that shipped
$470 million worth of fake Nikes to the US.
The running list of 2020 retail bankruptcies - Only 2 so far
Papyrus' parent company and home goods retailer Pier 1 are the first
major filings this year.
Last year sent 17 major retailers into bankruptcy. For some — including Payless,
Gymboree and Charming Charlie — it was their second trip to court. Bankruptcy
also proved fatal for more retailers in 2019, as liquidations increased. Inside
and outside of bankruptcy, retailers
closed more than 9,000 stores.
Jack Welch, Legendary CEO of General Electric, Dies at Age 84
1,000+ Shell Sites Offer Outdoor EMV Technology - EMV Deadline Oct. 1st
J.C. Penney Expands Curbside Pickup called "Style on the Go" @50 Stores
Publix Q4 comp's up 3.6%, sales up 5.1%, full yr. comp's 3.6%, sales up 5.6%
Target Q4 comp's up 1.5%, digital comp. sales up 20%, sales up 1.8%, full yr.
comp's up 3.4%, digital comp. sales up 29%, sales up 3.6%
Kohl's Q4 comp's flat 0.0%, sales up 0.1%, full yr. comp's down 1.35, sales down
Footlocker Q4 comp's down 1.6%, total sales down 2.2%, full yr. comp's up 2.2%,
total sales up 0.8%
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Europol's EC# / European Cybercrime Center Releases
J-CAT / Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce Update & Activities
Fighting Cybercrime in Europe and Beyond
The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) is a 24/7 permanent taskforce,
operating from Europol headquarters together with the European Cybercrime
Centre. It helps fight cybercrime within and outside the EU.
J-CAT's objective is to drive intelligence-led coordinated actions against key
cybercrime threats and targers. This is done by facilitating the join
identification, prioritization, initiation and execution of cross-border
investigations and operations by its partners.
More About J-CAT's Organization & 2019 Operations
How Target evolved its threat hunting program: 3 key steps
Target decided to re-evaluate its successful threat hunting program and
found it could do better. This is what they did.
Evolution of a mature threat hunting program
Target’s threat hunting program had been in place for five years when it decided
to do a “soup to nuts” reworking of the program, the company's Principal
Engineer of Cybersecurity David Bianco told attendees at the SANS Threat Hunting
Summit in London last month.
Bianco said that Target’s previous program was mature enough to be able to
collect and use a high volume of quality security data from around the
enterprise to create new analysis procedures. He labeled this a level 3 on
Cyber Hunting Maturity Model. “That is a great place to be,” he said. “Most
hunting teams would kill to be able to say on this model, ‘We are definitely a
The goal was to get Target to level 4 on that maturity scale and move beyond
human-scale detection and drive more automation in its security processes.
“Organizations at this level are able to not only successfully find those new
incidents,” said Bianco, “but the key difference is they treat their threat
hunting program more as a driver for the improvement of their automated
How to assess your threat hunting program
Before upgrading a threat hunting program, it’s important to assess what’s
working and what isn’t. At the start of the refresh Bianco spoke to key
stakeholders to get their perspectives of the program. He asked the
people running the threat hunting program, the executives who were
sponsoring it, as well as those receiving the briefings from the team what was
and wasn’t working. He also sought to identify if there were any goals they
wanted to accomplish that they previously hadn’t thought possible.
Step 1: Focus the goals - Step 2: Ensure operational consistency - Step 3:
Define the strategy
Self offers these key takeaways for companies looking to improve their current
• Hire full-time threat hunters.
• Give those hunters time to prepare before a hunt
and document findings after a hunt.
• Ensure operational consistency and apply a proper
strategy around what teams should be focusing on during hunts.
Over 40% of Privacy Compliance Technology Will Rely on Artificial Intelligence
in the Next Three Years
Over 40% of privacy compliance technology will rely on artificial intelligence
(AI) by 2023, up from 5% today, according to Gartner, Inc.
“Privacy laws, such as
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), presented a compelling business
case for privacy compliance and inspired many other jurisdictions worldwide to
said Bart Willemsen, research vice president at Gartner.
At the forefront of a positive privacy user experience (UX) is the ability of an
organization to promptly handle subject rights requests (SRRs). SRRs cover a
defined set of rights, where individuals have the power to make requests
regarding their data and organizations must respond to them in a defined time
According to the 2019 Gartner Security and Risk Survey, many organizations are
not capable of delivering swift and precise answers to the SRRs they receive.
Two-thirds of respondents indicated it takes them two or more weeks to respond
to a single SRR. Often done manually as well, the average costs of these
workflows are roughly $1,400 USD, which pile up over time.
“The speed and consistency by which
AI-powered tools can help address large volumes of SRRs not only saves an
organization excessive spend, but also repairs customer trust,” said Mr.
Willemsen. “With the loss of customers serving as privacy leaders’ second
highest concern, such tools will ensure that their privacy demands are met.”
How Security Leaders at Starbucks and Microsoft Prepare for Breaches
Executives discuss the security incidents they're most worried about and
the steps they take to prepare for them.
This was the premise behind "Preparing and Responding to a Breach," a
panel that took place at last week's RSA Conference in San Francisco. Security
leaders from Starbucks, Microsoft, WhiteHat Security, and SecurityScorecard
discussed the lessons they learned from the many breaches that took place in
2019 and how they plan to learn from these incidents to defend against threats
of the future.
"The same things that are happening over and over again." What types of attacks
were most frequent, he asked, and what did organizations learn from them?
As far as types of attacks we see, [they] generally tend to either be
application security attacks, phishing attacks, misconfiguration of cloud
environments, these kinds of things," said WhiteHat CTO Anthony Bettini. And
while these threats are old news to security pros, his fellow panelists
agreed they are also the ones organizations should have at top of mind for
"The reason you keep hearing about phishing from speakers like us … it's not
because we want to bore you with repetition," said Microsoft's cybersecurity
field CTO Diana Kelley. "It's because phishing still works." Application
vulnerabilities, misconfiguration, and phishing are the three areas where
attackers are having the greatest success, which is why they should be
"One thing I often see is the somewhat sophisticated criminal groups are
starting to use the aftermath of breaches to do even more targeted social
engineering or phishing attacks at scale," he explained. "It's not just the
fact a breach occurred; it's that all of our company's data is somehow in
Credential reuse is a primary concern for Starbucks global CISO Andy
Kirkland, who spoke to a concern prevalent in the retail and hospitality
industries. "Whenever these credentials become available, we become a place
where people want to see if they work," he said. The sharing of usernames and
passwords across multiple platforms is "a big thing to watch" for
companies. Cloud misconfigurations, which Kirkland calls "the
rebranding of shadow IT," are another worry.
'Malware-free' attacks now most popular tactic amongst cybercriminals
The Basic Way to Search the Dark Web
Web is the hidden section of the Internet that requires specific software, like
TOR, to access it. It allows users and website owners to be anonymous and
difficult to trace. The Dark Web is generally not indexed, which makes it
difficult to search.
You can search some of the Dark Web via Google. For example, if you want to
search the word ‘shoplift’ you can type the following in the Google search box:
“shoplift inurl:.onion.to”. Your search results would show in Google same as in
a basic search, but keep in mind you will need TOR to view the results in
If you use a more complex search method like “shoplift + YOUR COMPANY name” you
would get more refined results. This method won’t find everything but can be
useful in fraud and ORC investigations.
U.S. Congress: House Judiciary Committee
Congressmen Introduce SHOP SAFE Act to Protect Consumers from Dangerous Online
WASHINGTON — Yesterday a group of Congressmen introduced the Stopping Harmful
Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-Commerce (SHOP SAFE) Act
to stop the online sale of dangerous counterfeits. The bill incentivizes
platforms to engage in a set of best practices to curb the presence of
counterfeits on their sites.
The SHOP SAFE Act would:
• Establish trademark liability for companies who
sell counterfeits that pose a risk to consumer health and safety.
• Require online platforms to establish best
practices to vet sellers to ensure their legitimacy, remove counterfeit
listings, and remove sellers who repeatedly sell counterfeits.
• Call for online marketplaces to take steps
necessary to prevent the continued sale of counterfeits by the third-party
seller or face contributory liability for their actions.
Bipartisan bill would make e-commerce platforms liable for counterfeit goods
and other e-commerce platforms have a huge fake-goods problem, but courts
previously decided that they weren't liable for counterfeit products
third-parties sold on their websites. A group of bipartisan lawmakers wants to
change that. The group has
introduced a bill called the
Shop Safe Act of 2020, which would create trademark liability for companies
selling counterfeits from China and other countries that pose a risk to consumer
health and safety -- counterfeit goods like drugs, medical equipment, baby
formula, chargers, car seats and airbags.
Based on the information published by members of the group, the bill would
require online platforms to vet sellers to make sure they're legit. The
company will also have to remove counterfeit listings and their sellers,
as well as be more proactive in preventing continued sale of counterfeits
by third-party sellers.
The New York Times notes, the Department of Homeland Security
published a report earlier this year,
urging companies to establish stronger policies to protect buyers from fake
goods coming from sellers overseas. Peter Navarro, the White House Office of
Trade and Manufacturing Policy director who helped oversee Homeland Security's
recommendations, criticized Amazon for profiting off counterfeits. "Under
current lax interpretations of the law," he said, "e-commerce platforms face
virtually no liability for their counterfeit trafficking."
Amazon Beats DTC's (Direct-to-Consumer) Hands Down in Online Poll in Virtually
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Amazon Nixes More Delivery Driver Contractors — Leading to Over 3,242 Layoffs
As of December 2019, Amazon had a list of around 800 delivery service partners
to tap for package deliveries to customers’ homes and businesses. These
contracted companies usually work solely for Amazon and handle driver logistics,
such as wages, vehicle repairs and insurance. In 2019 alone, Amazon delivered
3.5 billion packages globally.
Lady Lake, FL: Pair arrested in attempted theft of Michael Kors and Gucci
Ashley Misso, 30, and Jonathan Barron Tunstall, 35, both of Leesburg, entered
the store at 5:13 p.m. Sunday, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake
Police Department. The pair split up after entering the store and Misso put a
pair of Michael Kors shoes in a shopping cart along with Gucci cologne, a men’s
watch and other merchandise. She took the merchandise into a fitting room and
left behind the box which had contained the watch. She then attempted to leave
the store with merchandise, for which she had not paid, in her purse. Tunstall
was spotted getting into green Kia Soul in the parking lot. He was taking off a
pair of pants from Belk which had been placed over the pants he was wearing, the
report said. He also had methamphetamine and a syringe in a backpack. Both Misso
and Tunstall were taken into custody and booked at the Lake County Jail.
Seattle, WA: Some Seattle merchants see shoplifting on the rise; Stores increase
security measures to stem uptick in the crime
Newly released Seattle police data shows that reported shoplifting incidents
across Seattle dropped 11 percent between 2018 and 2019, to 4,486, after rising
at nearly twice the rate of population growth between 2010 and 2018. At the
Bartell Drugs store at Fifth Avenue and Olive Street, the war against
shoplifting is turning into an arms race.
As the thieves have become more brazen — sometimes stealing armloads of
inventory to sell on the street — the store has ratcheted up security. More
high-theft items are now in locked cases: The current list includes earbuds,
phone chargers, disposable razors, curling irons, electric toothbrushes and some
L’Oreal products. The store has added more shifts by security guards.
But some employees say the theft continues unabated. They say much of the
stealing is done by people who used to hit the Bartell at Third and Union,
which, despite heavy security measures, closed in November after what former
employees said was $1 million in theft-related expenses in 2019.
Gansevoort, NY: New York State Police: Shoplifting case leads to felony charge;
over $1,000 theft
East Lampeter Township, PA: Man charged with theft of nearly $650 of merchandise
Newhall, CA: True Value hardware store the victim of a $450 theft
Shootings & Deaths
Pahrump, NV: Nye County Deputy arrested following Pahrump officer-involved
Nye County deputy has been arrested following an officer-involved shooting in
Pahrump that occurred on Feb. 26. Deputy James Ramos, 47, was arrested on the
charges of assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm where a person
is endangered. An investigation determined his actions were not in accordance
with the policy of the Nye County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred
when police responded to a shoplifting call at a Walmart around 2:55 a.m.
Deputies arrested three suspects in the store’s parking lot and were informed a
fourth, 24-year-old Joseph Beltran, had tried to run away out the back of the
building. Deputy Ramos pursued Beltran in his patrol car. Once he caught up to
the suspect, he yelled for him to get on the ground. Within seconds of exiting
his vehicle, Ramos fired one shot with his duty weapon, missing Beltran and
hitting the concrete wall behind the suspect. No weapon was reportedly found
on Beltran Ramos was taken into custody on March 2 and booked into the Nye
County Detention Center.
Melbourne, Australia: Police refuse to rule out charging father and son who
allegedly beat armed robber after gunman fired shots during hold-up
Police have not yet said whether they will lay charges against a pair of
Melbourne shopkeepers who fought back against a gunman who tried to rob them.
Police said they are still investigating the circumstances around the attempted
robbery in Melbourne's northern suburb of Hadfield on Sunday night. Store owner
Jackie Chen and his son Jason said they were lucky to be alive after a gunman's
firearm allegedly went off as they fought to stop their store being robbed.
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
Jacksonville, FL: Hero bystander comes to help security guard during attempted
robbery at liquor store
A bystander, who came to help a security guard fend off would-be robbers,
is in the hospital. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the man sustained serious
but not life-threatening injuries when one of the suspected robbers cracked a
liquor bottle over the man’s head. Police said multiple people witnessed the
attempted robbery at the Sahara Liquor store on Beach Blvd. It happened just
before midnight when two men entered the business and attempted to steal liquor,
according to JSO.
Hampden County, MA: District Attorney Anthony Gulluni holds forum on wiping out
criminal records to help people improve their lives
People convicted of many different non-violent crimes such as drug
possession or shoplifting can petition to have their criminal records sealed or
expunged to help them find a job or continue their education. Hampden
District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni, First Assistant District Attorney Eduardo
Velazquez and members of the office’s Community Safety and Outreach Team last
week drew a capacity crowd to a forum at the Holyoke Public Library to teach
people how to expunge or seal their records.
Madison, WI: Security guard struck by getaway car after golf clubs stolen from
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Tigard, OR: Man accused of spending $5K in fake money at retail stores across
Memphis, TN: Cell phone store owners fear they’re being targeted by violent
Corpus Christi, TX: Jeweler installs high-tech security to protect what's his
Tyler, TX: Man indicted in connection with skimming device found at Tyler gas
station; held on $1M Bond
C-Store – Tuscaloosa,
AL – Robbery
C-Store – Tallahassee,
FL – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Oakdale, MN
CVS – Cuyahoga Falls,
OH – Robbery
CVS – Providence, KY –
Dick’s Sporting Goods
– Madison, Wi – Robbery
Dollar General – Eden,
NC – Robbery
Grocery – Parma, OH -
Robbery (Bank inside)
Guns – Hudson, NY -
Jewelry - Fultondale, AL -Robbery
Jewelry - Albuquerque, NM – Robbery
Liquor – Jacksonville,
FL – Robbery
Liquor – Peoria, IL –
Marijuana – Basalt, CO
– Armed Robbery
Pharmacy – Hampstead,
NC – Armed Robbery
Jacksonville, FL – Armed Robbery/clerk wounded
Restaurant – Madison,
WI – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Toledo,
OH – Armed Robbery (Subway)
Restaurant – Laredo,
TX – Burglary
Walgreens – Baton
Rouge, LA – Robbery
Jacksonville, FL – Robbery/ Assault
• 18 robberies
• 3 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed
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Michael Mulholland, CPCI named District Loss Prevention Investigator for
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