Coronavirus Update: March 25
US: 59K+ Cases,
804 Dead --
Globally: 438K+ Cases, 19K+ Dead
See Which States and Cities Have
Told Residents to Stay at Home
175M people in 17 states, 26
counties, and 10 cities are being urged to stay home
NYC Hot Spot Map
Interactive Map Shows Confirmed
COVID-19 Cases Across New York State
The Domino Effect is Coming
1st Big Wave of Furloughs Hits the Market
The Next Two or Three days Will Be Interesting to Watch As More Will Join
Already weakened Pier 1 "furloughs" all associates in the stores and 65% of the
corporate office associates and executives.
We're expecting this to resemble the Dec. 2008 to March 2009 'Great
Recession' cuts we saw of over a million retail jobs. The only difference
will be the shortened time period it'll probably happen within.
Especially with Congress eliminating the one week waiting period and their
commitment of getting the money to the family's immediately. And the presence of
so many weakened retailers. Which wasn't the case in '08. So we have some
different variables the industry is dealing with.
In some regards Pier 1's quick response may work out better for their employees
as they can activate unemployment immediately before the backup becomes a
bottleneck. Which according to sources has already happened. With the website
being unavailable for the last week. Wonder why? Was it hackers? Or a system
overload? We may never know the absolute truth to this one. Just a thought. -Gus
Retail Layoffs &
Newly bankrupt Art Van Furniture lays off workers, ends health insurance over
one month early
Fashion retailer H&M weighs tens of thousands of job cuts because of coronavirus
Pier 1 furloughs 65% of HQ and some store employees
Mattress Firm furloughs undisclosed number of workers, cuts salaries and
suspends some benefits
Luby's furloughs more than half of HQ staff, cuts salaries by 50% for rest of
Casual-dining company J. Alexander’s Holdings Furloughs 3,400 Workers Due to
Macy's-Backed Retailer B8ta Furloughs Store Staff
Retail Hiring & Employee
Retailers Are Looking To Hire Almost Half A Million Workers Because Of
17 retailers that are hiring during the coronavirus crisis
CVS Health to provide bonuses, add benefits and hire 50,000 in response to
Dollar General invests $35M in bonuses for all store, distribution center and
private fleet employees
NRF: Retailers Welcome Bipartisan CARES Act to Help Businesses
‘Get Through This Turbulent Time’
The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from President and
CEO Matthew Shay in response to the Senate’s expected vote today on stimulus
legislation intended to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic:
"Retailers big and small and the associates they employ appreciate the efforts
by leaders in the House and Senate and by President Trump to successfully
negotiate the CARES Act and moving rapidly to make it law. Companies that were
investing, growing and contributing to a vibrant economy just a few weeks ago
have been thrust into survival mode through no fault of their own. They need a
bridge to get through this turbulent time and back to the business of job
creation and economic prosperity for their workers and the customers they serve.
These companies are hurting and need help immediately. As we move forward, what
we need is quick action and flexible relief, not further delay and restrictions.
We need to move now."
U.S. Coronavirus Outlook: Is This The End Of The Beginning?
Despite the headlines and the increase in absolute numbers, by the best metric
for an epidemic, things are actually at least not getting worse. There is reason
to believe things are getting better, as part of the perceived growth is due to
better and more widespread testing.
At a minimum, current policies are keeping things from getting worse, and
they are buying time for expanded testing and treatments. There is also
reason to believe that within the next month, we will see those infection growth
rates decrease, as we have seen in other countries with severe epidemics. We
are not at the end of the process. But with current policies stabilizing case
growth rates, we are likely at the end of the beginning.
Adjusts From Next Monday to Easter - April 12th As Goal To Open Up Country
Obviously after making such a point in their Monday evening press conference
about the upcoming end date of their initial 15-day program coming this Monday,
Trump must have been hammered by the medical SMEs to move his target date to
Easter. Thereby giving it exactly two more weeks to make an impact.
Smart move given that the vast majority of the rest of the nation, states and
retail America literally just rolled out over the last two days their two and,
in some cases, three-week shutdown.
Trump would have looked foolish if he had continued the Monday target with
literally the rest of America shut down and not even listening.
Interestingly enough Dr. Fauci reappeared last night at the press conference
after being absent from Monday's, possibly showing his agreement now vs. his not
agreeing Monday on the 30th end date. Just a thought. -Gus Downing
15K stores could permanently close in 2020, Coresight says
More than 15,000 stores could shutter in 2020, far surpassing 2019's record
9,548 closures, according to Coresight Research.
Around 100 retailers have moved to shut all, or at least many, of their stores
temporarily as the country responds to rapidly expanding cases of COVID-19
domestically. According to Bloomberg data, more than 47,000 stores closed in a
10-day period — an unprecedented disruption of the entire industry. retaildive.com
In the UK: Thousands of shops may never re-open after coronavirus lockdown
Facing 20,000+ Closures & 235,000 Job Cuts
Thousands of shops up and down the country may have closed their doors
for the last time this week following the government’s 3 week coronavirus
lockdown, experts have warned.
Empty windows, boarded-up storefronts dot the Magnificent Mile during
Stores, like shoppers, got ready to hunker down during the coronavirus pandemic.
Several shops on Michigan Avenue and nearby retail high streets have boarded
up or emptied store windows.
not just about preventing vandalism or theft. Retailers likely want to make sure
merchandise isn’t locked up in stores where customers can’t shop, said Robert
Moraca, vice president for loss prevention at the National Retail Federation.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order will remain in effect through at least
April 7, which means no one will be shopping in stores deemed nonessential for
at least two weeks. Retailers that emptied stores are likely moving products to
distribution centers where online shoppers can purchase them in the meantime,
“I think some might be looking in their crystal balls and saying it’s going
to a month or six weeks,” he said. “Nobody knows.”
Some still had merchandise on display. But the Disney store and MCM Worldwide
walled off storefronts with plywood. So did luxury shoe and handbag boutique
Jimmy Choo, on nearby Oak Street, leaving a gap only for a sign with the
shop’s illuminated name above the entrance.
Others, like Gucci and Louis Vuitton, left windows that usually display
merchandise uncovered and illuminated but conspicuously empty.
Stores that left empty windows uncovered might be trying to show there’s nothing
easy to grab inside, Moraca said.
Sephora, which boarded up its Michigan Avenue flagship, said it has
“standardized precautions” to protect properties across North America during
temporary closures. The beauty retailer closed all North American stores
through April 3.
Retailers Cancel Orders From Asian Factories, Threatening Millions of Jobs
Worse Than The 2008 Financial Crisis
Bangladesh Trade Group Pleads With Retailers To Pay For Canceled Orders
After struggling with supply lines amid China’s shutdown, factories now
face a drop in demand from U.S. and European clothing brands
are suspending and canceling clothing orders, threatening millions of
factory jobs in Asia just as China shows signs of recovering from the worst of
the coronavirus outbreak.
Among the first to be hit by the consumer shutdown in the West are suppliers to
the world’s “fast-fashion” giants, like H&M owner Hennes & Mauritz AB. Their
business models depend on being able to get orders from factory floors to retail
outlets in a matter of weeks. They are now pausing or canceling factory orders,
boding ill for Asian manufacturers of other, slower-moving consumer goods like
cosmetics, smartphones and cars.
U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer Group PLC sent a note to suppliers this week
suspending purchase orders. Primark and H&M say they, too, are pausing new
In an emotional video address to clothing brands, Rubana Huq, president
of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, a trade
group, called on retailers to pay for goods they had already ordered.
She said that if retailers don’t support Bangladeshi factories, 4.1 million
Bangladeshi workers could lose their jobs. “This is a social chaos we cannot
afford,” she said.
Retail experts say the slowdown looks to be significantly worse than the
financial crisis of 2008.wsj.com
Preventing coronavirus spread:
Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons among grocers adding sneeze guards
Some of the nation's largest grocery store chains are installing plexiglass
barriers or partitions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect
both shoppers and store employees. The protective screens will stand between a
customer and a cashier so that any airborne droplets - either from a cough or a
sneeze - will be blocked from hitting the person on the other side.
Dimensions of the plexiglass barriers vary by retailer, but most are
installing a square or rectangle shape directly in front of cashiers, sized
anywhere from 23" to 36" across.
‘Terrified’ package delivery employees are going to work sick
Don't Touch That Package Without Gloves Or Let It Sit There
increasing number of the workers sorting those boxes, loading them into
trucks and then transporting and delivering them around the country have
“I have been coming in sick because I’m worried that I’ll lose my job or
just be punished if I call out."
Public health experts said the odds were relatively low that ill warehouse
workers or truck drivers would infect the recipients of packages, in part
because the virus does not survive on cardboard surfaces for very long. courant.com
How the coronavirus stimulus bill helps you
$2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package is the rare legislative agreement
that will have an immediate — and lasting — impact on ordinary citizens around
U.S. Retailers Plan to Stop Paying Rent to Offset Virus
‘Significant amount’ of face masks stolen from Brooklyn hospital
More Than 200 NYPD Coronavirus Infected - Nearly 3,000 More Out Sick
Cuomo: Density control measures are working to slow coronavirus in NY
NRF Coronavirus Updates & Resources
UK: Laura Ashley to Permanently Close 70 Stores of its 147 Stores
NYC to release 300 more Rikers inmates serving less than yearlong sentences for
or non-violent felonies
Pennsylvania Governor Revokes Emergency Gun Store Ban
Nike Q3 sales up 5%, digital sales up 36%
At Home Group Q4 comp's down 3.1%, net sales up 12.3%, full yr comp's down 1.7%,
net sales up 17.1%
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Introducing OWS 24/7, a New Subscription Option for OpenEye Web Services
Liberty Lake, WASH. - OpenEye, a leading provider of
cloud-managed video surveillance solutions, announces the introduction of
24/7, the new monthly software subscription option for OpenEye Web Services
users. The subscription model offers users an all in one solution that
streamlines software license management and reduces upfront deployment costs.
OWS 24/7 combines OpenEye Web Service’s IP camera recoding licenses and the
cloud management licenses into a single convenient monthly software fee that
reduces the complexity of purchasing and eliminates the need to keep track of
software maintenance expiration terms. This makes OpenEye Web Services
significantly more practical for organizations that want to use their
operational budgets to fund deployment of a video surveillance solution.
“A subscription model offers users a more predictable way to budget for updates
and maintenance of video solutions as an operating expense,” said Ian Siemer,
OpenEye VP Product and Marketing. “The monthly fee also reduces the upfront
capital cost of the initial installation and eliminates lumpy renewal costs
normally associated with software maintenance agreements.”
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Homeland Security Warns Terrorists May Attack during Coronavirus Pandemic
The Department of Homeland Security has sent a memo to law enforcement
officials across the nation warning that terrorists may attempt to take
advantage of the coronavirus pandemic by attacking the US in the near
future, according to a report.
The memo by the federal agency’s Counterterrorism Mission Center and Countering
Weapons of Mass Destruction Office cautioned that, “Violent extremists
probably are seeking to exploit public fears associated with the spread of
COVID-19 to incite violence, intimidate targets and promote their ideologies,
and we assess these efforts will intensify in the coming months,”
ABC News reported.
The agency said it has “no information indicating any active plotting is
underway,” but did note that it has evidence of both foreign and domestic
extremist groups seeking to spread fake news about the potentially deadly
virus.The memo, which was circulated Monday, contained a clipping from a weekly
ISIS newsletter that called for supporters to carry out attacks against
overwhelmed health care systems in Western countries, according to the report.
Also mentioned in the bulletin are online white supremacists, who the
agency says have “advocated for violence against a range of targets,
including critical infrastructure and faith-based and minority communities —
including Asian Americans in response to the COVID outbreak,” ABC News reported.
White supremacists encouraging their members to spread coronavirus to cops,
Jews, FBI says
The alert was sent to local police agencies by federal officials.
Racist extremist groups, including neo-Nazis and other white supremacists, are
encouraging members who contract
coronavirus disease to spread the contagion to cops and Jews, according to
intelligence gathered by the FBI.
In an alert obtained by ABC News, the FBI’s New York office reports that
"members of extremist groups are encouraging one another to spread the virus, if
contracted, through bodily fluids and personal interactions."
Cybercriminals' Promises to Pause During Pandemic Amount to Little
Pandemics make for strange bedfellows - While outright fraud has increased
In mid-March, ransomware gangs claimed to be pausing operations against
healthcare organizations for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic,
pleas from some security firms and
questions from journalists. The group behind the Maze ransomware
operation, for example, pledged that "we [will] stop all activity versus
all kinds of medical organizations until the stabilization of the situation with
But the sincerity of such promises is suspect. The Maze Team
reportedly was, at the same time they were pledging to stop activity, in
the process of extorting money from a UK medical research facility,
Hammersmith Medicines Research. The University Hospital of Brno in the Czech
reportedly suffered an outage on March 20 due to a cyberattack, possibly
ransomware. Other groups have rapidly increased phishing attacks that
leverage the subject of the coronavirus, and the COVID-19 disease it causes,
as a lure. And outright fraud has increased as well, such as e-mail
campaigns collecting "donations" for coronavirus-fighting charities, according
security services firm CrowdStrike.
The chaos and fear created by the coronavirus pandemic is just too enticing for
cybercriminals to resist, says Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at
CrowdStrike. "When you have something this widely recognized, and you have
people, frankly, freaking out about it, then it becomes an effective way to
exploit those fears,"
Chatter in underground forums appear to show that some operators may
have similar sympathies. When one would-be fraudster asked how they could
take advantage of the COVID-19 chaos, other forum participants criticized them,
an exchange seen by threat intelligence firm Digital Shadows.
"It's hard to know whether the major nation-states or known major threat actors
have ordered a detente or a truce — it's hard to know," he says. "But it doesn't
really matter because the noise from the scammers continues to grow, and they
can use all the noise as cover."
So We’re Working From Home. Can the Internet Handle It?
A Garden Hose Vs. A Big Pipe - It's Going to Slow the World Down Some
Providers Are Upgrading - Lifting Caps - Freezing Terminations & Are Confident
millions of people working and learning from home during the pandemic,
internet networks are set to be strained to the hilt.
As millions of people across the United States shift to working and
learning from home this week to limit the spread of the coronavirus, they
will test internet networks with one of the biggest mass behavior changes that
the nation has experienced.
That is set to strain the internet’s underlying infrastructure, with the
burden likely to be particularly felt in two areas: the home networks that
people have set up in their residences, and the home internet services from
Comcast, Charter and Verizon that those home networks rely on.
That may challenge what are known as last-mile services, which are the
cable broadband and fiber-based broadband services that pipe the internet into
homes. These tend to provide a very different internet service from what’s
available in offices and schools, which typically have “enterprise grade”
internet broadband service. In broad terms, many offices and schools essentially
have the equivalent of a big pipe to carry internet traffic, compared with a
garden hose for most homes.
“We just don’t know” how the infrastructure will fare, said Tom Wheeler,
a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. “What is sufficient
bandwidth for a couple of home computers for a husband and wife may not be
sufficient when you add students who are going to class all day long operating
In Seattle, which has been a center of the virus outbreak in the United States,
internet traffic started spiking on Jan. 30, nine days after the first positive
case. Last week, overall internet traffic in Seattle rose 30 percent compared
with a normal week for the city in January.
In response, Verizon, Charter, Cox, Comcast and AT&T said they were confident
they could meet the demands placed on their home internet services, which
includes cable broadband like Xfinity, fiber-based broadband like FIOS, mobile
LTE services from Verizon and AT&T, and Wi-Fi hot spots. They added that they
were taking measures to help people who were working and learning from home.
Comcast said that for the next two months, it would lift data caps
that limit broadband use so that people who surpassed the limits of their
data plans wouldn’t be penalized.
Cox said that it would automatically upgrade users of its basic
broadband internet package, with speeds of 30 megabits per second, to a
package with 50 megabits per second.
AT&T, Verizon and Charter said they were also preparing to increase capacity
on their networks if needed, with more equipment to upgrade networks and
emergency roll-in cell towers that are used to keep people online during natural
On Friday, Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, also
Keep Americans Connected Pledge, whose dozens of signatories include Altice
USA, CenturyLink and Sprint. They committed to not penalize Americans with
termination of internet service or fees if people delayed their internet
service payments, at least for the next two months.
Largest Criminal Platform on the Internet
Taken Down & Busted Black Market Kingpin Arrested
DEER.IO a Shopify-Like Cyber Platform Selling $17M in Criminal Products &
Services Since 2013
FBI Takes Down a Russian-Based Hacker Platform; Arrests Suspected Russian
Russian-based cyber platform known as DEER.IO was shut down by the FBI
yesterday, and its suspected administrator – alleged Russian hacker Kirill
Victorovich Firsov, 28 yr.'s old, - was arrested and charged with crimes
related to the hacking of U.S. companies for customers’ personal information.
DEER.IO was a Russian-based cyber platform that allowed criminals to purchase
access to cyber storefronts on the platform and sell their criminal products or
services. DEER.IO started operations as of at least October 2013, and claimed to
have over 24,000 active shops with sales exceeding $17 million.
FBI agents arrested Firsov, a Russian cyber hacker, on March 7 in New York
City at JFK airport. Firsov not only managed the DEER.IO platform, he also
advertised it on other cyber forums, which catered to hackers. Firsov is next
scheduled to appear on April 16, 2020, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison H.
According to a federal complaint, DEER.IO virtual stores offered for sale a
variety of hacked and/or compromised U.S. and international financial and
corporate data, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and
compromised user accounts from many U.S. companies. Individuals could also
buy computer files, financial information, PII, and usernames and passwords
taken from computers infected with malicious software (malware) located both in
the U.S. and abroad. Law enforcement found no legitimate business advertising
its services and/or products through a DEER.IO storefront. Store operators and
customers accessed the storefront via the Internet. Specifically, in this case,
the FBI made purchases from DEER.IO storefronts hosted on Russian servers.
The DEER.IO platform offered a turnkey online storefront design and hosting
platform, from which cybercriminals could advertise and sell their products
(such as harvested credentials and hacked servers) and services (such as
assistance performing a panoply of cyber hacking activities). The DEER.IO online
stores were maintained on Russian-controlled infrastructure. The DEER.IO
platform provided shop owners with an easy-to-use interface that allowed for the
automated purchase and delivery of criminal goods and services.
“Deer.io was the largest centralized platform, which promoted and facilitated
the sale of compromised social media and financial accounts, personally
identifiable information (PII) and hacked computers on the internet. The seizure
of this criminal website represents a significant step in reducing stolen data
used to victimize individuals and businesses in the United States and abroad.
Maximum Penalty: Ten years in prison, $250,000 fine, restitution.
Securing Windows and Office in a time of COVID-19: update policies, remote
Second Wave of Retail Bankruptcies Expected in Canada Amid COVID-19 Pandemic:
The Canadian retail industry can expect a second 2020 wave of retail
bankruptcies on the heels of the wave we saw in January and February, says a
national retail expert. David Ian Gray, founder and strategist at DIG360
Consulting Ltd., said in an interview last week that will be the inevitable
consequence of the devastating economic impact the COVID-19 (coronavirus)
pandemic is having on retailers across the country.
“What I find ironic is that for a long time there’s this repeated phrase ‘retail
apocalypse’ and it really wasn’t happening that way,” Gray said. “There was an
erosion of physical retail to online, but it wasn’t as if Amazon came in and
then overnight retail was gone. In Canadian grocery, for example, the percentage
of people buying online was so very small. Single digit,” he said. “And now a
real virus has an excellent chance to leave behind a true ‘retail apocalypse’.”
He said that he sees three phases: the current “Triage” phase (crisis management
and reactive); an “Assessment” phase once we see the social restrictions end and
stores re-open, where retailers take stock and reassess their own health and
opportunities; and a longer term “Adapting” phase, where a return to strategy
and business planning is based on a new ‘normal’.
RELATED: 'Canadian Retail Heading for a Meltdown'
'No Mask No Service'
Vancouver grocer refuses to serve customers who aren't wearing masks
As COVID-19 fears spread, one store's policy
not helping says customer
Bullen approached Sandy Farm Market on West 41st Avenue as he normally does, he
noticed the store had put up signs announcing new policies for customers
— understandable in the cautionary climate of COVID-19. While he agreed with the
store restricting the number of customers to no more than 15 at a time, it was
the other requirement that caught him off guard: “No mask no service.”
Bullen chatted briefly to someone working at the store but says he was “brushed
off” and told the store had to take these kinds of measures and there was
nothing else to it.
“I thought, OK, if I could get [a mask], then I’ll comply just so I can make it
easy to get my groceries,” Bullen told the Courier. “But there’s none at
London Drugs or any of the obvious places. I noticed there was a store on
41st and West Boulevard that had a sign that said you could order them.”
Grocery chains install checkout shields, raise wages in response to coronavirus
Sunday, March 22, 2020, Sobeys announced pay increases for frontline workers in
stores and distribution centres as well, to the tune of $50 a week, regardless
of number of hours worked. Workers with 20 hours or more a week will get an
extra $2 an hour. The increases are retroactive to March 8 and will be
reassessed in late April.
Grocery chains across Canada are adapting to the increased demand on their
stores during the novel coronavirus pandemic by raising wages for workers and
installing plexiglass. Loblaws is temporarily raising wages by an estimated
15 per cent, while Metro is raising wages by $2 an hour.
Loblaws has also begun installing plexiglass shields at checkout counters
and is trying to acquire more personal protective equipment for its employees.
Metro is installing plexiglass protectors at the front end and at
services counters in all its stores. Sobeys is also installing plexiglass
shields at checkout counters.
RELATED: Dollarama, Walmart Canada boost employee
pay amid COVID-19 outbreak
Candian government considers fines, prison to enforce social distancing
The federal government will use tough enforcement measures, which include
the threat of prison and massive fines, if Canadians don't take
self-isolation and social distancing seriously, federal Health Minister
Patty Hajdu says. "We will use every measure in our toolbox at the federal
level to ensure compliance," she told a news conference on Sunday.
Quebec and Ontario put security on essential services list
Canada's cyber spies taking down sites as battle against COVID-19 fraud begins
Canadian Mall Landlords Asked to Give Rent Relief to Retailers Amid Coronavirus
Dollarama vows to hire thousands to meet ongoing demand amid COVID-19 pandemic
Toronto Is Pressuring Clothing Stores, Nail & Hair Salons To Close Amid COVID-19
Quebec premier announces all shopping malls closed amid more COVID-19 cases
Coronavirus, law fears fuel spike in firearms, ammunition sales across Canada
‘Enough is enough’: Trudeau warns Canadians flouting coronavirus social
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Foko Retail Offering Its Communication Platform for Free to Retail Teams During
the COVID-19 Outbreak
How to prevent fraud in the workplace
Workplace fraud is top of mind for Canadians
during Fraud Prevention Month
All Canadian companies – both large and small – are exposed to fraud, and the
exposure to fraud risk is increased when employees are fully aware on what fraud
looks like, or even how to report it.
According to a recent
RBC Fraud Prevention Poll, 55% of Canadians have admitted they’ve shared
their banking PIN or passwords with others. This is an indication of a lack
of understanding about what the dangers of this are, according to Shane Troyer,
a Vancouver-based anti-fraud expert and risk and forensic services partner at
Grant Thornton LLP.
In light of this statistic, Troyer believes that fraud prevention in the
workplace begins by creating a culture of fraud awareness that is instilled
in the minds of the people in the company.
To create a culture of fraud prevention in a company, Troyer believes that it
comes to educating employees on what fraud risks look like and to create outlets
to report the fraud. Larger organizations have begun to set up whistle-blower
and ethics hotlines, which Troyer says is a useful tool for companies to prevent
Civil Demand in Ontario, Canada
Lawyers raise alarm on shoplifting settlement ‘shakedown’
Retail store law firms are being suspected of demanding excessive settlements
from alleged shoplifters via letters and aggressive phone calls.
In a series of tweets, lawyer Sean Robichaud said that people had contacted him
regarding these demands for settlements in amounts “far above damages,” with the
usual demand set at $500. Tagging the Law Society of Ontario, he suggested that
such practice should be banned because it reflected badly upon the legal
“This intimidation is most pronounced among the vulnerable, uneducated, and
recent immigrants,” he said. “We shouldn’t allow lawyers to act as shakedown
goons towards these people.”
Judge orders Nygard companies into receivership
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Burlington, ON: Mans steals $3,249 in merchandise from music store
Essa Township, ON: Suspect thought after hardware store theft
Ottawa Police issue advice to prevent business break-and-enters
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Amazon removes more than 3,900 seller accounts from US store due to
'coronavirus-based price gouging'
As coronavirus fears began to spread in early March, the company said it was
investigating. On Monday, the retail giant also said in a blog post it has
removed more than half a million items from its stores because of
"coronavirus-based price gouging," about half the amount it had previously
said it removed in response to price gouging or misleading claims.
"We began taking these enforcement actions promptly upon discovering this kind
of misconduct, and we've been partnering directly with law enforcement agencies
to combat price gougers and hold them accountable," Amazon said in the post.
Despite Amazon's earlier calls to curb gouging, it appeared it persisted and not
just from third-party sellers. According to a report by the U.S. Public Interest
Research Group released March 11, nearly 1 in 6 of the products sold directly
by Amazon had prices spike 50% higher than the 90-day average.
The company reinforced its claim that it "has proactively reached out to every
state attorney general in the country" to ensure bad actors were being held
Although the post did not mention Amazon's own pricing changes, it added its
platform "strictly prohibits sellers from exploiting an emergency by
charging excessively high prices on products and shipping" and that it is
"issuing regular reminders to our sellers about these longstanding policies."
Amazon workers test positive for covid-19 at ten U.S. warehouses
Amazon Focus on Essentials Sows Panic, Confusion Among Merchants
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Top 10' ORC Cases Countdown
(from May 8, 2019)
County, FL: Retail theft suspects stole over $2 million in products across
Florida, and shipped it to Cuba
Six people have been arrested and accused of orchestrating a retail theft scheme
across 14 Florida counties, stealing over $2 million worth of goods. The
suspects were arrested following an undercover investigation among state and
local agencies in Florida. Detectives said the individuals targeted the
following stores: Burlington Coat Factory, CVS, JCPenney, Publix, Walgreens and
Winn-Dixie. Officials said the six suspects hit up to 10 businesses per day,
between four and five nights a week. There were 150 reported thefts
state, and at least 25 of those occurred in Polk County. The Polk County
Sheriff's Office reported between $150,000 and $200,000 worth of goods were
The stolen items were then sold, and even shipped as
far as Cuba for a profit, detectives said, which resulted in felony
charges. Detectives worked with loss prevention personnel at each
store, as well as the Tampa Bay Regional Intelligence Center (TBRIC),
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Police Department,
Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Statewide Prosecutor
for the Office of the Attorney General Ashley Moody. They obtained
six arrests warrants and nine search warrants.
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American Fork, UT: Officials believe they've put a lid on $25,000 Home Depot
trash can case
Fork officials arrested an Orem man with active warrants who is believed to have
stolen from Home Depot with damages exceeding $25,000. According to the probable
cause statement, officers identified 42-year-old Alvaro Gonzalez Aguirre at
another Home Depot location in American Fork. Authorities on scene recognized
Aguirre and were aware that he was an outstanding theft suspect, alleged to have
stolen over $25,000 from Home Depot locations across Utah County. Officials were
also aware that there were active warrants out for Aguirre’s arrest, including
third-degree felony pattern of unlawful activity, third-degree felony damaging
jails, class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and class C
misdemeanor driving on a suspended or revoked license.
Since Jan. 22, Aguirre is suspected to have entered three Home Depot
locations in American Fork, Lindon and Provo 57 times, each time committing a
series of thefts, according to arrest documents. Until his arrest Monday,
Aguirre had yet to be apprehended. During his time in each location, Aguirre
was suspected of selecting a particular type of garbage can and filling it with
high-dollar tools before proceeding to check out. Aguirre would then pay for
only the garbage can and leave the last point of sale without purchasing the
items inside, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Urbana, IL: Walmart employee accused of stealing $16,000 via gift cards
An employee of the Urbana Walmart has been charged with felony theft for
allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of gift cards from the store in
the last week. Joseph Sloan, 19, was charged Monday with theft over $10,000, a
Class 2 felony, alleging that between March 17 and 22, he stole money from the
store. Urbana police investigator Duane Smith said Sloan allegedly “found a
weakness in their system regarding loading gift cards and he was basically
acquiring gift cards and loading them with cash through the Walmart registers to
the tune of almost $16,000.” Smith said the store manager noticed that the
register where Sloan was working was short and began investigating. By looking
at surveillance video, he saw Sloan “multiple times loading a gift card and
putting it in his pocket,” Smith said. If convicted, Sloan faces penalties
ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.
Thousands of dollars of stolen Walmart merchandise recovered, 3 Arrested
police said alert Walmart shoppers and store employees helped authorities arrest
three suspects who fled the scene after shoplifting from the store. On Monday,
police said a Walmart employee spotted a woman, later identified as Quanika
Murray, leave the store with a cart full of items, some of which still had
anti-theft devices them. Witnesses said they also saw the woman quickly unload
the cart into a vehicle with the help of two men. Following a short chase,
Police and Deputies from the Martin County arrested the 3 suspects for felony
retail theft. Police said their vehicle contained thousands of dollars worth of
Polk County, FL: Couple accused of shoplifting $600 worth of items at Mulberry
Polk couple were arrested after shoplifting hundreds of dollars’ worth of items
from a Walmart store in Mulberry on Monday, according to the Polk County
Sheriff’s Office. Cleveland Carr, 41, and his live-in girlfriend, Jolene Parlett,
21, were arrested after loss prevention officers at Walmart caught them
shoplifting more than $600 of clothing and shoes, the sheriff’s office said in a
news release Tuesday. Several stolen hand-baskets from Walmart and Publix were
found inside the vehicle. In addition, Carr had warrants out for his arrest on
third-degree felony charges of dealing in stolen property and providing false
information to a pawn broker.
Shootings & Deaths
San Jacinto, CA: Smoke Shop Robbery suspect dies in crash after pursuit
suspect who tried to rob a business in San Jacinto early Tuesday afternoon,
March 24, fled after an employee fired a gun at him and died when he sped from
sheriff’s deputies and crashed. Deputies were called to the attempted robbery
just before 1:20 p.m., Deputy Robyn Flores said. The California Highway Patrol
described the business as a smoke shop. It was not immediately known if the
suspect, only described as a man, was struck by the gunfire, but he fled the
scene. Deputies found the suspect vehicle in the area of Ramona Expressway and
Hansen Avenue, Flores said. “When the suspect saw the sheriff’s patrol vehicle,
the suspect sped off, lost control, collided into a vehicle, was ejected, and
pronounced deceased at the scene,” she said. The CHP described the vehicle as
“in two major pieces.” A man and a woman were in the pickup truck struck by the
fleeing suspect’s car, and both were expected to survive.
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
‘Knucklehead’ who coughed on Wegmans worker charged with terroristic threats,
N.J. Gov. says
Wegmans customer faces charges of terroristic threats and harassment after
coughing on a worker at the grocery store chain’s Manalapan location and
claiming he had the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. The governor
didn’t provide many details about the incident during his daily coronavirus
briefing, other to say “it demonstrates active law enforcement” is ready
to respond to people who violate orders put in place in reaction to the
Falcone was told by the employee he was standing too close to her and to
an open display of prepared foods, according to the Office of the Attorney
General. He then allegedly “stepped forward to within 3 feet of her, leaned
toward her, and purposely coughed."
Falcone also allegedly laughed and said was infected with the coronavirus,
authorities said, adding, “Falcone subsequently told two other employees they
are lucky to have jobs.”
Thurston County, WA: Man is Arrested after he Runs Over Burglary suspect
A 48-year-old man was taken into custody Monday morning after he jumped into his
car and ran over a burglary suspect, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s
Office. The 18-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries,
Lt. Ray Brady said. About 3:40 a.m. Monday, deputies were dispatched to a
business after a caller reportedly had heard gunshots, yelling and a car
speeding off. Then, the hospital contacted deputies to say they had two men at
the hospital, one of whom had caught the 18-year-old man trying to break into
Gull Harbor Mercantile. That man, 48, who apparently lives behind the business
on Boston Harbor Road, had interrupted the burglary after the 18-year-old had
taken out a hammer and broken a window. The 18-year-old ran off and the older
man chased after him in his vehicle. Although the 48-year-old man claimed to
have accidentally struck the younger man — he did drive him to the hospital —
the Sheriff’s Office later determined he had deliberately run him over, Brady
said. The older man was booked on suspicion of first-degree assault, Brady
Edgewater, MD: Robbers Steal Medicine From Walgreens, Pepper Spray Employees
Urbana, IL: Missouri man gets 10 years for January Armed Robbery at Boost Mobile
Sedgwick County, KS: Little Caesar’s Employee assault and robbed of deposit at
Hickory, NC: Police make arrest in CVS pharmacy armed robbery
Farmington, UT: Woman, 60, has head-on crash with police officer after Walmart
shoplifting chase, minor injuries
Sioux City, IA: Man sentenced to 30 years prison for Verizon and Audio Vision
Rapid City, SD: Police implementing Robbery Strike Force; investigating 12
business robberies in the Black Hills area that have occurred in the last month
Bike – Grand Traverse
County, MI – Burglary
C-Store – Olympia, WA
C-Store – Norfolk, NE
C-Store – Adams
County, PA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Nashville,
TN – Robbery
C-Store – Spartanburg
County, NC – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Spartanburg
County, NC – Armed Robbery (2 of 2)
C-Store – Rapid City,
SD – Armed Robbery
CVS - Catawba County,
NC – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Daphne,
AL – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Rome, NY
Gas Station –
Waterford Township, MI – Robbery
Jewelry – Pooler, GA – Robbery
Pharmacy – Moultrie,
GA – Armed Robbery
Waxahachie, TX – Burglary (Super Sliders)
Restaurant – Sedgwick
County, KS – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Fort
Wayne, IN – Armed Robbery (Burger King)
Restaurant - Klamath
Falls, OR – Burglary (McDonalds)
Restaurant - Klamath
Falls, OR – Burglary (Burger King)
Restaurant – Athens,
GA – Burglary
Smoke Shop - San
Jacinto, CA – Robbery/ suspect killed in crash
Walgreens – Edgewater,
MD – Armed Robbery/ Assault
7-Eleven – Woodbridge,
VA – Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – Mishawaka,
IN – Armed Robbery
• 17 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 1 killed
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