Former LP Executive Continues
to Rise in the Industry
Lowe's President & CEO Marvin R. Ellison Named Chairman Of Board
N.C., June 1, 2021 -- Lowe's Companies, Inc. today announced its board of
directors has elected Marvin R. Ellison, president, chief executive officer and
current director of Lowe's, to the additional role of chairman of the board,
effective immediately. Ellison succeeds Richard W. Dreiling, who has shifted
from the role of chairman to lead independent director.
"Marvin has demonstrated exceptional leadership at Lowe's since his appointment
three years ago and has built an extremely talented team," Dreiling said. "He
has been the driving force behind the company's successful transformation into a
world-class, omnichannel retailer that provides outstanding customer
experiences, is a great place for associates to work and consistently delivers
value for our shareholders. He also deftly guided Lowe's through the pandemic
and continued to deliver for associates and our communities. The board is
confident Lowe's remains well-positioned for continued success, and we look
forward to working with Marvin in this expanded capacity."
am honored to have the confidence of the board and to take on this additional
responsibility at such an exciting time for Lowe's," Ellison said. "We have made
great strides in transforming the business, and our improved operating
capabilities and enhanced technology infrastructure enable us to capitalize on a
constantly evolving business environment. Together with the leadership team and
our more than 300,000 dedicated associates, we will continue to execute our
strategy and deliver exceptional customer service and sustainable value." Read
CONTROLTEK's Tom Meehan Joins Zero Trafficking Advisory Board
Meehan, CFI, chief strategy officer at
leading expert in cybersecurity and organized retail crime, recently joined the
advisory board of Zero Trafficking, an organization that offers resources and
training to combat human trafficking.
The Zero Trafficking team consists of technology researchers, artificial
intelligence experts and specialized trainers who have crafted methods and
databases based on anti-trafficking best practices. These resources are
available to government agencies, law enforcement, intelligence professionals
and social media experts working in the fight against human trafficking.
The Zero Trafficking team has produced solutions that support decision-making in
investigations, prosecutions and victim rescues. Their resources and services
are available on
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The Monitoring Association Welcomes its 50th FirstNet® Certificant
Monitoring Association (TMA) is pleased to announce the addition its 50th
FirstNet certificant, systems integrator Convergint Technologies, LLC. (Renton,
WA). FirstNet is the nationwide public-safety wireless broadband network
platform, built and deployed through a first-of-its-kind public-private
partnership between the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority)
and AT&T. The FirstNet Authority is an independent authority of the U.S.
Department of Commerce. In April 2019, under an agreement with AT&T, TMA began
issuing a Certificate of Verification to qualified alarm companies for the use
of FirstNet services for alarm transport communications.
Biden Allocating $2.1B to Fund Justice Department Efforts to Address
"Gun Violence Health Crisis"
Last week, President Biden proposed
allocating $2.1 billion to fund Justice Department efforts to address
the nation’s “gun violence public health crisis.” That’s in addition to his
proposal in March to spend $5 billion over eight years on community violence
prevention efforts to try to prevent violent crime.
But Bottoms and other local officials nationwide have pressed the White House to
do even more — including increasing funding for mental health, substance abuse
and behavioral health programs. Some of the Atlanta region’s most horrific
recent crimes, Bottoms noted, have occurred during incidents of possible road
rage where assailants appear to suddenly snap and shoot at another motorist.
Adam Gelb, the president of the Council on Criminal Justice, said the nature of
some of the latest homicides has been troublesome. “People getting in beefs,
fighting over parking spaces, or engaged in road rage kinds of things,” he said.
“And they are armed.”
Could Be the Deadliest Summer in Decades
Officials worry the rise in violent crime portends a bloody summer:
‘It’s trauma on top of trauma’
The mayor of Albany never expected to spend her days attending funerals and
comforting the families of those killed and injured in a spate of alarming gun
violence she finds hard to explain. “It shocks the conscience,” said Kathy M.
Sheehan (D). “The disregard we are seeing for human life. … It’s trauma on
top of trauma for our city.”
at least 12 mass shootings occurred across nine states, killing 11
people and injuring at least 70, according to a database compiled by the Gun
Violence Archive, a nonprofit group that tracks such incidents.
As the nation marks Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer, many
officials are concerned that this is
a preview of what they could face in cities nationwide in coming months,
when the onset of warm weather almost always marks a rise in violent crime. Some
worry that the violence could be especially pronounced this season as Americans
emerge back into society after a year of coronavirus-related shutdowns and
Scores of cities across the country have reported double-digit increases in
shootings and homicides. In Columbus, Ohio, police have counted
at least 80 homicides this year, more than double the same period last year.
Bigger cities also continue to see increases. In Chicago, 195 people had been
killed as of early May,
the highest number in at least four years, according to police statistics.
Nearly 1,300 people had been shot, according to a
Chicago Tribune database that tracks such incidents.
Bottoms said the “common denominator” for the crime wave is stress from the
pandemic and last year’s racial justice protests following the murder of George
Floyd. But she said she is considering a range of possibilities for the
violence, including long-lasting emotional and psychological issues found among
so-called long-haul victims of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Violent Crime & Homicides Continue
'Skyrocketing' Across America
Defunding Police Effort - Cities Reversing it
Due to Rising Crime
Cities Proposing Increasing Police Funding
Some Mayors are reversing the efforts due to violent crime just "skyrocketing"
in big cities.
From Minneapolis budget up $6.4M, LA up $50M, Baltimore up $27M, NYC up $92M.
Big City Homicides "Skyrocket". NYC homicides up 22%, Atlanta up 50%,
Minneapolis up 113%, Portland up 800%.
Great graphic- Especially for senior management teams looking for exact numbers
for justifying budget changes.
Project Safe Neighborhoods Nationwide Program
(PSN) Focused on Seeking Pre-Trial Detentions for High Risk Defendants
Workarounds for the No-Bail Progressives
U.S. Attorney’s Office Provides Update on Federal Prosecutions and Ongoing
Strategies To Combat Violent Crime in Chicago
R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois,
last Thursday provided an update on federal prosecutions and strategies to
combat violent crime in Chicago and the surrounding area.
The centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts
continues to be
Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be
effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of
stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems
in the community and develops comprehensive solutions to address them. As part
of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders
and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting
reductions in crime.
In addition to a sustained focus on prosecutions of federal firearm offenses,
the U.S. Attorney’s Office endeavors to disrupt violent
crime by seeking pre-trial detention for defendants who pose a danger
to the community and pursuing appropriate prison sentences to deter dangerous
individuals from continuing to wreak havoc in their communities. Through
enforcement actions, prosecutions, and community partnerships, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office works to lower violent crime and make neighborhoods safer.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s
Gun Crimes Prosecution Team continues to enhance the prosecution of illegal
firearm possession in the most violent police districts in Chicago. Working
collaboratively with federal and local law enforcement, the team focuses on
charging Chicago’s most dangerous criminals quickly after arrest, endeavoring to
disrupt the cycle of violence in the neighborhoods most in need.
LAPD after George Floyd: Fewer officers, fewer arrests but hardly defunded
A year after protesters massed in the streets of Los Angeles chanting “Defund
the police!” and “Abolish the LAPD!” the Los Angeles Police Department is a
changed organization but hardly in the ways its critics wanted.
Its operating budget was cut
by $150 million last summer with much fanfare, to $1.71 billion, then more
increased this year by about 3% — to $1.76 billion, a huge chunk of the
city’s overall spending.
In the last 12 months, the department has shrunk by nearly 500 officers.
Specialized units have been cut in favor of patrol and newer,
Key policies, including one governing the use of force, have been rewritten to
hold officers to stricter standards. Three reviews of the unrest were conducted
and dozens of recommendations for how to better handle future demonstrations
remain under review.
U.S. Lone Wolf Workplace Mass-Shooting Pattern
Workplace shootings are all too common in California. The latest one fits a
have been 37 mass workplace shootings since 2009, according to data tracked by
Everytown for Gun Safety. But in an alarming trend,
five of those deadly attacks occurred in just the last 10 weeks.
And two of this year’s mass workplace shootings were carried out in California,
in keeping with yet another lethal shift. From 1986 to 2011, a fourth of all
mass workplace shootings nationwide occurred here (in Calif.) according to
researchers at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
In that span, Robert McCrie, a professor of security management at John Jay,
counts 44 of what his research describes as workplace mass homicides in the
United States. Eleven happened in California. The next deadliest states were
Texas, Florida and Missouri; each had three.
Workplace shooters “are more likely to be striking out, as we saw in this case,”
McCrie said, “and they strike out at the place where the pain can be greatest —
either in their home and neighborhood or their place of work.”
In a study of workplace shootings published in the journal Injury Epidemiology
in 2019, researchers studied such attacks nationwide between 2011 and 2015 and
found that 40% were committed during robberies and 12% had unknown motives.
It was the other 48% — 744 shootings — that gave insight into the mind and
motivation of the workplace shooter. About three quarters
of those shootings involved an argument or a conflict.
295M Vaccinations Given
US: 34.1M Cases - 609.7K Dead - 27.8M Recovered
171.5M Cases - 3.5M Dead - 153.8M Recovered
Former Senior Loss Prevention Executive
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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 279
Enforcement Officer Deaths: 305
*Red indicates change in total deaths
Highly contagious India COVID variant spreading rapidly in the US
The highly contagious COVID-19 variant that first emerged in India is spreading
at a rapid rate in the US — and now makes up 7 percent of new cases, data
The dramatic rise of the B.1.617.2 variant comes after it accounted for only 1
percent of new cases stateside at the start of May,
according to a report from Outbreak.info.
The World Health Organization last week classified the variant as being one of
global concern and requiring heightened tracking and analysis.
Relaxed Restrictions Put Stores in the
Businesses determine own COVID restrictions as Ohio lifts health orders
Wednesday, masks will no longer be required at retail stores and restaurants.
Tables won’t need to be spaced at least 6 feet apart at pubs, taverns and
diners. And capacity limits will be lifted on music and sports venues.
It’s now up to individual business owners to decide
whether customers need to keep their distance and wear face coverings.
The move comes even as the coronavirus continues to infect hundreds of Ohioans
every day and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends
that unvaccinated people wear masks in social situations and practice social
distancing, providing widely divergent messages.
“It's a scary thought that everything is just going to be lifted,” said Juana
Williams, owner of J’s Sweet Treats and Wedding Cakes on Parsons Avenue.
Customer response is the key, business owners said, and it’s anyone’s guess
how the majority of customers will conduct themselves when the health orders
are gone. Other business owners said they’re doing away with COVID restrictions
for the sake of their employees.
Business owners and their workers have no shortage of stories about customers
who complain about mask and social distancing requirements. With Ohio’s health
orders in place, they had an easy fall back when customers resisted COVID
restrictions: It’s not our requirement; it’s the governor’s. Now that
backstop is gone.
EEOC Update Friday afternoon:
EEOC greenlights coronavirus vaccine requirements, incentives — with some limits
Federal equal employment opportunity laws do not prohibit policies requiring
that all employees who physically enter a workplace receive a COVID-19
vaccination, so long as such policies comply with the reasonable accommodation
provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act as well as other applicable laws, according to
technical assistance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
updated May 28.
Title VII and the ADA require employers to provide reasonable accommodations
for employees who, because of a disability or a sincerely held religious belief,
practice, or observance, do not get vaccinated for COVID-19, unless providing an
accommodation would pose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's
business, EEOC said.
Employers also may offer incentives to employees to voluntarily show
documentation or confirmation that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine,
but the agency outlined some limits in the event that employers are
incentivizing employees to voluntarily receive a vaccine administered by an
employer or its agent. An employer may offer an incentive to employees to
provide documentation or other confirmation from a third party not acting on
the employer's behalf, such as a pharmacy or health department, that
employees or their family members have been vaccinated.
Flash Report: New Cal/OSHA COVID Revisions Are Out
Latest round of revisions does not match the governor’s June 15th deadline,
or the recent Centers for Disease Control recommendations
The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has published the latest version of COVID emergency
temporary standards revisions ahead of a June 3rd vote.
Beginning July 31st, fully vaccinated [those 14 days past the 2nd shot]
employees without COVID symptoms will not need to be tested or quarantined
after close contact and will not need to wear face coverings outdoors or
at “mega events,” according to the revisions to General Industry Safety Orders
§3205. They will also not need to wear face coverings indoors when everyone is
vaccinated. Employer-provided housing and transportation will be exempt from the
standard when all are vaccinated.
“Before July 31st, employers can choose between using physical distancing and
partitions/barriers, or they can provide respirators to unvaccinated persons for
voluntary use,” according to Department of Industrial Relations spokesman Frank
Polizzi. “After July 31st, employers no longer have a choice; they must provide
unvaccinated employees with respirators for voluntary use. After July 31st,
there is not a requirement to use physical distancing or partitions/barriers.”
If not all employees are vaccinated, face coverings will be required unless not
feasible, or an employee cannot use one for medical reasons.
“During outbreaks, employers must provide respirators for voluntary use
to unvaccinated employees,” Polizzi says. “This requirement goes into effect
immediately” (as soon as the revisions become effective). “This same
requirement will apply to all unvaccinated workers after July 31st regardless is
there is an outbreak or not.”
Click here to see a copy of the new draft.
The Heat is On & So Is COVID
Get a Vaccine & Get Outside
'Open Air' Effect Gave the South a Break From Covid-19 Spring Surge
Scientists say more time spent outdoors helped slow transmission rates but
return of hot weather raises concerns.
Six months into the drive to inoculate the U.S. population against Covid-19,
stark gaps have opened up between the states with the highest and lowest
vaccination rates. But so far, states that have been slower to vaccinate
haven’t paid a big price in outbreaks of new cases, thanks in part to what
scientists call the open-air effect.
Many of the states with the lowest shares of people who have had at least one
are located in the Deep South, including Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and
Arkansas, and avoided large outbreaks last spring, only to see cases surge in
hot summer months. Most of these states also avoided a spike in cases
during the first few months of this year, even as many northeastern states
like Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, which now have some of the
highest vaccination rates in the U.S., saw cases rise during the winter and
Doctors and public-health officials worry, however, that as summer
approaches, warm-weather states with lower vaccination rates could be
vulnerable to a new round of Covid-19 outbreaks as the heat forces people to
spend more time in dry, air-conditioned spaces.
“Airflow, seasonality, and outdoor culture are probably the primary drivers
of the reduction in cases.”
Outdoor time and environmental issues like humidity and air circulation are far
from the only factors. Vaccination rates play a huge role, and mask mandates,
restrictions on public gatherings and geographic features like population
density are also significant factors, public-health experts say. A December
study found that 94% of superspreader events in the U.S.
occurred in limited-ventilation indoor environments.
“I think you are going to see surges over the summer in Georgia, but the
question is how much,” said Carlos Del Rio, an infectious-diseases doctor
and associate dean of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Vaccination and people spending time outdoors are the two biggest factors”
in why cases have been relatively low this spring. Health officials in
warm-weather states have launched public-information campaigns to encourage
residents to spend as much time outside as possible and are pushing for more
vaccinations at outdoor sites.
Retail Vaccine Lotteries
Kroger stores to offer five $1 million prizes to get people vaccinated
Kroger is joining the effort to get Americans vaccinated from COVID-19 by
offering a big prize: $1 million to five winners, plus prizes of free
groceries for a year. A spokesperson said more information is coming next
week, including who is eligible. But the basics are that the contest will be
open to both customers and employees.
When asked for more details, the spokesperson said all Kroger-owned stores
will be part of the contest. But when asked if an individual would need to
have been vaccinated at a Kroger-owned store or if anyone who has been
vaccinated will be eligible, she said the full set of rules would come next
Kroger said in a statement that there will be five prizes of $1 million payouts.
There will also be 50 chances to win free groceries for a year. Ten of
those winners will be announced each week over five weeks.
airlines will postpone serving alcohol amid surge of in-flight violence
Since Jan. 1, the Federal Aviation Administration has received about 2,500
reports of unruly behavior by passengers, including about 1,900 reports of
passengers refusing to comply with a federal mandate that they wear masks on
planes. "We have just never seen anything like this," Sara Nelson, the
international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, said during an
online meeting with federal aviation officials Wednesday. "We've never seen
it so bad."
Target is reopening fitting rooms after keeping them closed more than a year
Illinois reaches lowest COVID-19 positivity rate since July
Canadians would like Michigan's extra COVID-19 vaccines before they go to waste
Making the Same Mistake Over and Over Again
Apple sued over false accusations in Apple Store thefts by impostor
Facial Recognition Worked Actually But Human Error & Execution Didn't
Apple is being sued by a man due to repeated accusations the man was behind
numerous thefts at Apple Stores across the eastern seaboard of the United
States, attempted thefts that were conducted by others who were impersonating
The lawsuit, filed on May 28 in the U.S. District Court for the District of
Massachusetts, is suing Apple and
Security Industry Specialists,
a contractor working for Apple on store security. The lawsuit claims the
plaintiff Ousmane Bah was falsely accused of performing a number of Apple Store
thefts, which led to his arrest in New York in November 2018.
The lawsuit appears to be a continuation of
another legal action by Bah against Apple and SIS, launched in April
Part of the problem is Apple's alleged use of facial recognition, which it and
SIS used to identify "Bah" as the perpetrator of a series of thefts over time.
As the record of the fake "Bah" is unreliable, the lawsuit insists Apple and SIS
knew its use of facial recognition was unreliable in this case.
According to the lawsuit, Bah lost his learner's permit for driving in New York
State in March 2018, which took the form of a printout that contained details of
his height, weight, date of birth, and eye color, but not his photograph. The
missing temporary permit is alleged to have been used by someone else as
identification for an Apple Store theft in Greenwich, Connecticut in April 2018.
The man is said to have not resembled Bah at all, aside from being Black, such
as being 6 foot 1 inches tall when Bah is 5 foot 7 inches.
Bah says Apple and SIS created a record for Bah as the thief in the video, and
published the information to both SIS agents and Apple Stores in the Northeast
US and was used to ID the imposter continuing to steal from various Apple stores
and warrants being issued. Even after an NYPD officer pointed out the
discrepancy and despite fingerprints correctly identifying the imposter as
Bah continued to be prosecuted in multiple states, with the incorrect data still
being used by Apple and SIS.
Devices Limit Trucks to no more than 70 MPH
Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act, introduced in Congress
Drivers who violate proposed laws mandating that their trucks be equipped with
devices limiting speeds to no more than 70 miles per hour could have safety
rating consequences even in states that have higher speed limits, a truck safety
group points out.
The 50 Year Mall Push is Officially Dead & Almost Buried
It was a great run while it lasted
Gap Sees Its Post-Pandemic Future Outside of Malls
Gap has long been among the biggest operators of mall stores in the country. But
after the pandemic, it will have a much smaller presence in traditional indoor
malls as it closes Gap and Banana Republic locations and bets on the expansion
of its Old Navy and Athleta brands.
“What we have accelerated now is the digital dominance of the business — our
e-commerce business is about half of sales for the Gap brand, maybe even more in
certain markets — and the restructuring away from real estate that has been
obsoleted,” Sonia Syngal, chief executive of Gap Inc., said in an interview on
She added that only about 17 percent of the company’s overall sales came from
indoor malls in the first quarter.
The pandemic fundamentally reordered the
retail landscape, as bankrupt chains and even healthy retailers closed
thousands of stores, and e-commerce became far more significant for companies.
Gap, for example, said online sales made up 40 percent of its revenue in the
first quarter. The retailer said in October that
it would close 30 percent, or 350, of its Gap and Banana Republic stores in
North America by January 2024, with a focus on reducing its exposure to
declining indoor malls. As part of that plan, it will close 75 of the stores
this year, the company said Thursday.
Did Your CEO Make it on Top Pay List? There's Some Surprises @ Top &
Only 28 retailers made the list. Is yours on the
list? Who out ranked who?
The Numbers $$$$$ are in - See what Retail CEO's Made it in the Full S&P 500
The annual WSJ ranking of pay and performance for leaders of S&P 500 companies
Median pay reached $13.4 million for chief executives of the biggest U.S.
companies in 2020, setting a fifth straight annual record in a year
when businesses and their leaders battled a global pandemic.
Most S&P 500 CEOs got raises of about 5% or more as their companies recorded
annual shareholder returns of about 8%, according to a Wall Street Journal
analysis of data from MyLogIQ.
Twenty-two women ran S&P 500 companies for the full year in 2020, remaining near
recent lows. Their median pay was in line with the men, at $13.6 million versus
$13.4 million. Only three made it in retail.
See the Daily's list of the 28 retail CEO's who made the most and least in
the 400 member list -
Continue Reading here.
National Monitoring Center Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary
National Monitoring Center, the nation’s premier 3rd party monitoring center,
proudly announces the 20th anniversary of the company’s founding. In those
years, NMC has evolved from a single 10,000 square foot facility to two fully
redundant leading-edge monitoring centers located in California and Texas.
Warby Parker to open 35 stores this year - on top of its 135
Senior LP & AP Jobs
VP, LP job posted by Executive Search Firm for Undisclosed Company
The Vice President Loss Prevention will lead both the strategy and execution of
loss prevention and security for the company, one of the leading business
services providers in North America. The Vice President will be accountable for
both the company assets and its people, and will ensure the protection of the
company brand in the marketplace.
Director of Safety job posted for Ocean State Job Lot in North Kingstown, RI
Director of Safety is responsible for directing and leading the development of
company wide risk control business plans and strategies consistent with company
objectives. Strategies will focus on reducing the frequency and severity of
associate and customer injuries and illnesses, compliance with governmental
regulatory agencies, including OSHA, EPA, and DOT requirements, and the
protection of the Company's assets.
AVP, Regional Dir. of AP job posted for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, NY
AVP regional director is a proven subject matter expert, responsible for
assessing and mitigating business integrity related risks across a all stores /
facilities within his/her assigned region(s). This is accomplished by ensuring
timely, consistent and ongoing assessment of measurable asset protection,
investigative and shortage reduction strategies; both corporate initiated and
Dir. of AP job posted for Bar Louie in Addison, TX
the Asset Protection Director, you will oversee the safety and asset protection
programs and processes for the Company. This critical Team Member ensures the
stores adhere to OSHA standards, supports OSHA investigations, and supports the
HR Services team on the topic of Worker’s Compensation as needed. An everyday
partner to Field Operations, the Asset Protection Director trains and coaches
associates on Safety and Security programs, and monitors and reports on overall
Bar Louie: Established by Tom Fricke in 1990 and headquartered in Addison
Texas, Bar Louie Restaurant has evolved into a restaurant & bar chain with
96 stores operating in America.
Hibbett Q1 comp's up 87/3%, net sales up 87.8%
Caleres Q1 DTC sales represented 74.5% of total net sales, e-commerce sales up
21.4%, net sales up 60.8%
Ulta Beauty Q1 comp's up 65.9%, net sales up 65.2%
Williams-Sonoma Q1 brand revenue up 40.4%, West Elm up 50.9%, Pottery Barn up
41.3%, Williams-Sonoma up 35.3%, Kids and Teen up 27.6%
Best Buy Q1 enterprise comp's up 37.2%, domestic comp's up 37.9%, domestic
online sales up 7.6%, International comp's up 27.8%
Gap Inc. Q1 comp sales up 28%, net sales up 89%
American Eagle Q1 net sales up 17%, Aerie sales up 89%, AEO's digital sales up
57%, AEO store sales flat
Guess Q1 Americas Retail comp's up 6%, Americas Retail sales up 108.5%,
Guess Q1 Americas Wholesale sales up 75.6%, Europe sales up 127.1%, Asia sales
up 37.8%, Licensing sales up 66.4%
Dollar Tree Q1 comp's up Enterprise +0.8%, Dollar Tree +4.7%, Family Dollar
-2.8%, net sales up 3%
Dollar General Q1 comp's down 4.6%, net sales down 0.6%
Last week's #1 article --
San Francisco's 'Out of Control' ORC is a Hot
Shoplifting in San Francisco is so out of control that retailers are closing
Walgreens has closed 17 of its stores due to
rampant stealing, and CVS has called the city 'one of the epicenters of
organized retail crime'
Among the many problems plaguing San Francisco in recent years, business leaders
say one has become so commonplace that residents barely notice it:
Walgreens says petty theft in the city has gotten so out of control that it's
had to close 17 of its stores. CVS has told its employees not to intervene
because the thieves so often attack them, calling San
Francisco "one of the epicenters of organized retail crime."
"We've had incidents where our security officers are assaulted on a pretty
regular basis in San Francisco," Brendan Dugan, head of
CVS' retail crime division, said at a 13 May hearing with city
officials, according to a New York Times report.
Police agree that the stealing has become endemic.
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EAS Tag Recirculation: Apparel Source Tagging for Today's Retailers
Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) Source Tagging and EAS Tag Recirculation
are playing a large role in the evolution of retail logistics and loss
prevention. Retailers realize that in-store tagging is very expensive, time
consuming, and highly inefficient, and they are looking toward solutions that
move EAS tagging to the most economical place in the logistics chain - out of
the store, and back toward where the merchandise is manufactured.
Enterprising early adopters, such as Kohl's, Gap, Inc., Zara and bebe have
EAS Tag Recirculation provides important benefits, including:
Predictable cost of operating an EAS program.
No capital requirements for additional EAS tags.
Merchandise arrives at stores source tagged, secure and floor ready.
More tagging consistency, less apparel damage.
Maximum tagging protection during peak inventory periods.
No customer issues with tag pollution, when un-deactivated EAS sewn-in labels
set off alarms.
No environmental issues caused by the non-degradable components of disposable
More security and better shortage reduction results than with sewn-in or
Cash rebates for the return of tags and pins.
By implementing EAS Tag Recirculation, retailers achieve higher levels of
efficiency and customer satisfaction through this sustainable, innovative growth
program spearheaded by their loss prevention department.
Biden Budget Seeks to Invest Billions in US Cybersecurity
FY 2022 Budget Proposal Seeks $750 Million for 'Lessons Learned' From
Overall, President Joe Biden's first budget proposal as president contains
$9.8 billion in cybersecurity funding "to secure federal civilian networks,
protect the nation’s infrastructure and support efforts to share information,
standards and best practices with critical infrastructure partners and American
businesses," according to the official document published by the Office of
Management and Budget.
The Biden budget does not take into account an additional $10.4 billion that
Department of Defense wants to spend in fiscal 2022, which begins Oct.
1, on cybersecurity as well as research and development,
The document calls for an additional $110 million for the U.S. Cybersecurity
and Infrastructure Security Agency to help better address a wide range of
cybersecurity issues that have come to light over the past six months.
Overall, CISA's budget for 2022 would be $2.1 billion if Congress
appropriates the requested funding.
csoonline.com: 6 most common types of software supply chain attacks explained
The umbrella term “supply
chain attack” covers any instance where an attacker interferes with or
hijacks the software manufacturing process (software development lifecycle) such
that multiple consumers of the finished product or service are impacted
detrimentally. This can happen when code libraries or individual components
being used in a software build are tainted, when software update binaries are
Trojanized, code-signing certificates are stolen, or even when a server hosting
software-as-a-service (SaaS) is compromised.
With any software supply chain attack, attackers interject themselves either
upstream or midstream to cast their malicious activities and their after-effects
downstream to many users. As such, compared to an isolated security breach,
successful supply chain attacks are of a much a larger scale with a far-reaching
Here we examine six different techniques used in recent real-world,
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Here it Comes: Amazon Prime Day June 21-22
of an initial report from Bloomberg, Amazon sources
and documents indicate that Prime Day 2021 will be held Monday , June 21 –
Tuesday, June 22. Amazon has reportedly notified employees of the date but asked
them to not publicly disclose the information. Amazon has not publicly
responded to Bloomberg’s report.
Contractors Leaving Nooses on Amazon Jobsites
It's a Federal Crime Now - Mandatory Time in Jail!
FBI Investigating Hate Crimes at Amazon Fulfillment Center Job Sites Across U.S.
Since last spring general contractors have found at least 20 nooses at
various jobsites and are working with the FBI.
Since April 27
, up to eight nooses have been found on a 3.6
million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center jobsite that RC Andersen is
building in Windsor, Connecticut.
While the FBI is investigating the incidents as hate crimes, and Amazon has
shut the site down twice while condemning hate at its facility
, whoever is
responsible for the nooses still hadn't been identified at press time.
The developments follow
at least 20 similar cases at construction sites across the U.S and Canada
since last spring.
Amazon has stressed in media reports that hundreds of workers have access to the
site, and that the nooses were discovered in places where there weren't security
cameras. The eighth noose was discovered
, after the site was shut down the first time to beef up
security and install more cameras.
Amazon issued a statement Friday saying it would now take a closer look at its
general contractor on the job, which it previously confirmed to Construction
Dive as RC Andersen.
PMI Joins Effort to Block Online Counterfeiting
Plumbing Manufacturers International
, the trade organization that represents
the nation’s leading plumbing products suppliers, has joined with the
Buy Safe America
, a diverse group of retailers, consumer groups,
wholesaler-distributors and manufacturers, to support the
INFORM Consumers Act
, PMI officials announced.
Introduced in the U.S. Senate in March, the INFORM Consumers Act is designed to
protect consumers from counterfeit and stolen products that are sold online, a
problem that has grown significantly in recent months.
INFORM Consumers Act
would modernize consumer protection laws and
require online retail marketplaces to collect and verify basic business
information from sellers, in addition to requiring high-volume sellers to
provide contact information to consumers. The legislation would also help deter
the online sale of counterfeit goods by anonymous sellers and prevent organized
retail crime rings from stealing items from stores to resell those items in bulk
online, the McLean, VA-based PMI said.
More Importantly - Do you trust your neighbors?
Cause some will have the know-how to do just that- Spying on You
Do you trust Amazon to share your internet connection with others? How to opt
Sidewalk is a new service that shares your internet connection with others in
your neighborhood to extend the range and reliability
of Amazon Echo, Ring
Security cameras, and Tile trackers.
Amazon is getting ready to switch on a new service called Amazon Sidewalk, and
if you own an
, or a
, then the chances are that you are going to start donating
part of your internet connection to making this work.
The idea behind
is that without a reliable internet connection, having a device
like a webcam doorbell or security doorbell is somewhat pointless. So, to combat
this poor connectivity, Amazon is planning to turn select Echo and Ring
devices into Sidewalk Bridges and use your internet connection to help others.
Starting June 8 (US only for now), Amazon will be turning your devices into
Sidewalk Bridges unless you opt-out.
Is it secure? Amazon says yes
and has published a
privacy and security whitepaper
outlining how it has accomplished this.
Largest Safety Team on the Planet
Amazon warehouse workers suffer serious injuries at higher rates than other
firms. Critics blame productivity pressure.
OSHA data shows Amazon’s serious injury rates nearly double those at
warehouses run by other companies.
Amazon, the second-largest private employer in the United States, is also a
leader in another category: how often its warehouse workers are injured.
In 2020, for every 200,000 hours worked at an Amazon
warehouse in the United States — the equivalent of 100 employees working full
time for a year — there were 5.9 serious incidents, according to the OSHA data.
That’s nearly double the rate of non-Amazon warehouses. In comparison, Walmart,
the largest private U.S. employer and one of Amazon’s competitors, reported 2.5
serious cases per 100 workers at its facilities in 2020.
The data did not detail causes for the incidents, but some former OSHA
officials, union representatives and Amazon workers place the blame on
productivity pressures. The e-commerce giant pushes many of its warehouse staff
— particularly those at fulfillment centers, sorting centers and delivery
stations — to meet hourly rates to stow, pick and pack items. Critics say those
metrics are too onerous and lead to injuries.
“We don’t set unreasonable performance goals,” Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who
owns The Post, wrote in
a letter to shareholders in April, in which he addressed workplace safety
issues. “We set achievable performance goals that take into account tenure and
actual employee performance data.”
In 2020, Amazon spent more than $1 billion on safety measures such as
expanding a program that offers stretching, meditation and nutritional guidance,
as well as buying personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of the
novel coronavirus, Nantel wrote. The company also hired more than 6,200
employees to its workplace health and safety group, Nantel added.
Amazon’s rate of serious injury cases actually declined in 2020 during the
pandemic, when the company dispensed with performance tracking for part of the
year to give workers more time to wash their hands and sanitize work areas — and
hired more than 400,000 full- and part-time workers in its North American
logistics operations. Amazon declined to explain why the rate of injuries
The Strategic Organizing Center, a coalition of labor unions that includes the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International
released a report Tuesday that arrived at similar conclusions to The Post’s
“It’s a stunning degree of incompetence,” Eric Frumin, the SOC’s health and
safety director, said of Amazon’s injury rate.
Convicted of Defrauding American Companies of $7M+
Through Digital Advertising Scheme
Earlier today, Aleksandr Zhukov, a Russian national, was convicted by a federal
jury in Brooklyn of four counts of wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money
laundering conspiracy, and money laundering. The charges arose from Zhukov’s
sophisticated scheme to defraud brands, ad platforms and others in the U.S.
digital advertising industry out of more than $7 million.
In general, digital advertising revenue is based on how many users click or view
the ads on those websites. As proven at trial, Zhukov used computer programming
and infrastructure spread around the world to exploit the digital advertising
industry through fraud. He and his co-conspirators represented to others that
they ran legitimate companies that delivered advertisements to real human
internet users accessing real internet webpages. In fact, Zhukov and his
co-conspirators faked both the users and the webpages: they programmed
computers they controlled to load advertisements on fabricated webpages, via an
automated program, in order to fraudulently obtain digital advertising revenue.
The victims included The New York Times, The New York Post, Comcast, Nestle
Purina, the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and Time Warner Cable.
In discussing the scheme with a co-conspirator, Zhukov boasted about the money
he would earn and referred to himself as the “king of fraud.” As a result
of this elaborate scheme, the defendant falsified billions of ad views and caused businesses to pay more than $7 million for ads that were never actually
viewed by real human internet users. Zhukov was arrested in Bulgaria in
November 2018 and extradited to the United States in January 2019.
Interpol Thwarts Online Fraud Intercepting $83 Million Illicit Funds in the
According to a press release, law enforcement agencies in the Asia Pacific
region opened more than 1,400 investigations between September 2020 and March
2021 Over six months, the Interpol-coordinated operation, codenamed HAECHI-I l,
led to led to 585 arrests and 892 solved cases, including investment fraud,
romance scams, money laundering associated with illegal online gambling, online
sextortion and voice phishing.
Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO on July 5
Volusia County, FL: Deputies Dismantle Large Scale Retail Theft Ring,
"Operation Bengal King"
An 18-month operation leads to the end of an organized crime ring that spread
throughout five counties across Central Florida, including Volusia & Flagler
Counties. Under the cognomen "Operation Bengal King," the Volusia Sheriff's
Office's (VSO) latest investigation revealed that this unnamed South
Daytona-based organization reached beyond the Volusia County line and into other
counties in Central Florida, including Flagler, St. Johns, Orange and Brevard.
most recent arrests made by deputies included the apprehension of the group's
ringleaders, 53-year-old Anis Ahmed and his wife, 46-year-old Selina Ahmed. Anis
is currently charged with conspiracy to deal in stolen property; organized
dealing in stolen property, which is a first-degree felony; and two counts of
dealing in stolen property. Selina is charged with dealing in stolen property.
Their charges garnered bonds worth $225,000 and $25,000, respectively. Neither
one of them remains in custody.
The Ahmeds are also the owners of Bengal's Discount Liquors—the namesake of the
operation, where the organization was said to have trafficked goods stolen
from stores such as Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot and Walgreens throughout
multiple jurisdictions. Four other members besides the Ahmeds were arrested
as part of the operation and charged with grand theft and dealing in stolen
property. Two other members have been identified, but investigators say both
suspects passed away from heroin overdoses before they could be charged.
“This was an amazing job by our detectives into a brazen, large-scale operation
by people who ruined lives and took advantage of their drug-addicted
co-defendants,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “They should go away for a very long
time.” The investigation—which officially began in November 2019—found that the
Ahmeds were actively purchasing large amounts of property stolen from the
aforementioned stores before trafficking the same property through their liquor
store. Investigators say the Ahmeds, along with another employee, who deputies
identified as Joseph Bennett, one of the deceased suspects in this
investigation, initiated, organized, financed and directed the thefts, which
occurred multiple times a week, sometimes even daily.
The group stole around $375,000, which included high-end tools, electronics, and
large amounts of cigarettes, between October 2019 and June 2020. Detectives
state that the group was known to use stolen license plates on their getaway
vehicles as well. On several occasions, they also fled from law enforcement at
high speeds, putting the lives of innocent motorists in danger during the
process. While most members simply loaded their carts and left in a
snatch-and-grab scenario, one member of the group, 29-year-old Zachary Ridgill,
escalated to violence on more than one occasion. In one incident, Ridgill
leveled a stun gun against a cashier at a St. Johns County Home Depot. In
Brevard, Ridgill was said to have attempted to stun a loss prevention employee
during a theft, eventually leading to a physical fight between the two.
Investigators added that Ridgill also tried to run down a Volusia deputy while
they were laying stop sticks as he fled from law enforcement.
San Francisco, CA: 3 Organized Retail Theft Suspects Arrested, $150,000 in
Bay Area men were arrested Thursday and more than $150,000 in merchandise was
seized following the investigation of a large retail theft in Reno, the Golden
Gate Division of the California Highway Patrol said. When clothing worth an
estimated $50,000 was stolen recently from a Lululemon store in Reno, some
of the five suspects were recognized by store loss prevention investigators as
repeat offenders with ties to the Bay Area, the CHP said.
The retailer contacted the Organized Retail Crime Task Force, which includes the
CHP, the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco District
Attorney's Office, which executed search warrants Thursday in San Francisco and
Antioch, officials said.
Three suspects were arrested and $150,000 in suspected stolen merchandise,
$7,000 cash and a handgun were recovered. "The recovered merchandise
included clothing, cosmetics, purses and sunglasses from multiple retailers
including Lululemon, Macy's, Nordstrom, Victoria's Secret, JCPenney, Sunglass
Hut, Solstice Sunglasses, Ulta Beauty, Sephora, Burberry, Sax Off 5th, Louis
Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Chanel," and other retailers, the CHP said.
Mario Omar Cisneros-Cruz, 41, of San Francisco; Owen Omar Cisneros-Rodriguez,
19, of San Francisco; and Saul Garcia Hernandez, 28, of Antioch were arrested
and booked for organized retail crime, possession of stolen property, grand
theft, and theft of lost property, the CHP said. Hernandez was also booked for
carrying a loaded firearm. "It is our task force's mission to detect, deter and
dismantle organized retail crime," CHP Lt. Kevin Domby of the ORCTF said in a
Scranton, PA: Pawnshop owner charged with accepting stolen goods
The owner of a Scranton pawn shop is facing several charges after police say he
knowingly accepted stolen goods. Pennsylvania State Police were contacted by a
Home Depot Loss Prevention representative, notifying them that Jeff’s Trading
Post, on North Main Street, was selling what appeared to be new-in-box Home
Depot power tools. Jeff’s Trading Post is owned and operated by Jeffrey Decker,
police say. The loss prevention representative shared posts from Decker’s
Facebook page showing new power tools for sale in their original packaging,
several brands that are sold exclusively at Home Depot. Police say Home Depot
gift cards were also in some posts. Police conducted civilian surveillance at
the Home Depot store in Dickson City. They observed a person enter the store and
steal a backpack full of DeWalt tools. They left the store and were followed to
a local pawnshop where police say several subjects entered with the stolen items
and exited without them, court papers say. Three suspects were arrested and
police say they were involved in multiple theft investigations. The suspects
told investigators they went to Jeff’s Trading Post to sell because “he does not
ask a lot of questions”.
Las Vegas, NV: Las Vegas Metro Police Officer requested specific items for his
home from Organized Theft Ring
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer reportedly requested specific items from
his sister who was part of an organized retail theft ring, according to an
arrest report. Samuelito Quijano Jr. faces charges of participation in an
organized retail theft ring, conspiracy to commit burglary, grand larceny and
buying/possessing/receiving stolen property after he was arrested May 21 in
connection with the theft ring. According to an arrest report, nine suspects
were named as being part of the organized theft ring, which included Samuelito's
sister Kristine Quijano and another relative, Ranjit Quijano. The suspects were
found after a lengthy investigation into retail thefts at multiple retailers
around the Las Vegas Valley, including Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Sam's Club,
Target and Walmart. The arrest report said Samuelito specifically sought a
gazebo from Lowes, furniture from IKEA, other patio furniture items and home
items such as a couch and a blender.
Update: Walbridge, OH: Man pleads guilty to role in ORC ring
A Walbridge man who was indicted with six other individuals for participating in
a theft ring has accepted a plea deal that includes he testify against his
co-defendants. Larry F. Keel, 46, appeared Tuesday in the courtroom of Wood
County Common Pleas Judge Matt Reger. He had been indicted in December for money
laundering, a third-degree felony, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt
activity, a first-degree felony. He pleaded guilty to the amended charges of
engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second-degree felony, and receiving
stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. Court papers indicate the enterprise
consisted of seven people who stole items from 16 stores including Lowe’s,
Walmart, Marshall’s, Home Depot, Kohl’s and others in Michigan and Ohio.
Merchandise valued at more than $1,000 was taken during each theft.
Members of Lowe’s asset protection started looking on Facebook and noticed items
similar to the ones that were stolen were for sale, Hoppenjans said. Perrysburg
Township police then reportedly arranged a controlled buy of a chainsaw on July
9 and executed a search warrant at the Tracy Road home of one of the defendants
on July 10. They determined the stolen items were transferred to this home. Keel
would then place them for sale at half price on Facebook, “operating as the
fence for these thefts,” Hoppenjans said.
Defense attorney Abbey Flynn withdrew her motion to suppress evidence for what
she argued was an illegal warrant that uncovered the items taken in the
multi-state theft spree. Sentencing was set for Aug. 10.
East Garden City, NY: 2 Tried To Steal More Than $4,600 Of Merchandise From
Macy's; assault on Loss Prevention
Nearly 2 dozen Chicago kleptomaniacs nabbed by FBI for making off with 3+
million credit cards in national scam
Bossier City, LA: Suspect Attempts 'Two for One' Tool Theft at The Home Depot
Shootings & Deaths
Portland, OR: Security guard shoots, kills man outside East Columbia Lowe’s
man is dead after he was shot and killed in a Lowe’s parking lot by a security
guard in the East Columbia Neighborhood, according to witnesses at the scene.
The victim was identified Monday as Freddy Nelson. On Saturday at 6:42 p.m.
officers responded to a call about a shooting in the 1100 block of North Hayden
Meadows Drive, according to Portland Police Bureau. When they arrived, they
found a man with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tiffany Wolf was sorting through her receipts when she heard shouting in the
parking lot. “You could hear the gentleman that is deceased right now,” she
said. “He was screaming and you could hear him yelling throughout the parking
lot, and the security guard shot him.” Wolf said there was a woman with him at
the time of the shooting who was also screaming. “Just crying, yelling and he
died, he died instantly,” she said.
Wolf said many of of the shoppers who heard the gunfire ran for cover. Viktoria
Rounds was shopping in the outdoor garden section when she first heard the
yelling. “We heard a male and female voice and it sounded like a fight and it
was getting escalated,” she said. “I saw the security car blocking another
car that was trying to get out of the parking lot.” Rounds said she is still
trying to process what she saw and calm her young daughter, who was with her
when the man was shot. “We heard the security guard saying something like,
come at me one more time and I have to fire and then he fires,” she said.
Police have not released any additional details on the shooting.
Denver, CO: Man Armed With Rifle Shot and Killed By Denver Police After Liquor
“A caller phoned in to dispatch that there was a man in a liquor store at the
1300 block of West Alameda armed with an assault rifle,” Denver Police Division
Chief said. Officers responded to the Great American Beer Store on Alameda. They
found the suspect walking not far away, northwest, a few blocks. “They stopped
their vehicle from a safe distance from this individual, got out and began
issuing this individual commands,” Thomas told reporters. But, he said the man
ignored those commands. “[The man] began advancing towards officers and
ultimately threatened that officer with that assault weapon. The officers
discharged their weapons,” Thomas explained. The suspect, who police only
identified as a Black man, was taken to Denver Health Medical Center. He later
died Sunday afternoon. The officers were not injured, but a critical incident
protocol was initiated along with the investigation.
Winston-Salem, NC: Mural at CVS honors life of employee killed in shooting
and friends gathered in downtown Winston-Salem to unveil a portrait of a
dedicated CVS employee. 35-year-old Te’ore Terry was honored at the CVS on West
4th St in downtown Winston-Salem where he worked for several years. Donations
through a GoFundMe allowed the family to raise $2,600 to help with funeral
expenses and the materials for the painting. Kim Thorn, the artist of the
painting and organizer for the unveiling, said the store was the perfect spot
for his memorial. “The art will be printed on a large canvas so visitors can see
the ‘concierge’ of happiness when they arrive and leave,” said Thorn. Thorn said
she thought of the mural to cope with Terry’s death and to share his infectious
smile with the rest of his customers he knew and loved.
Kerr County, TX: Kerr County Sheriff’s Office Arrested a man planning a mass
shooting at a Wal-Mart
A man suspected of planning a mass shooting was arrested in Texas, according to
the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO). Coleman Thomas Blevins, 28, has made
specific threats to target local Wal-Mart stores, KCSO said in a statement
posted on Facebook on Sunday. The sheriff’s office posted images of evidence
believed to have been collected from Belvins’ apartment, showing a rifle with
multiple magazines, a flag with the Nazi party symbol, and the Saudi Arabia
flag. Books and handwritten Documents were also seized by the investigators. The
statement did not identify the type of message that warned authorities, but
after intercepting it, KCSO has the ability of Belbin to track threats with the
help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It was confirmed. According
to a statement, Belvins was arrested on a warrant of “a threat of terrorism that
creates public fear of serious physical injury.” Belvins is currently on
probation for a felony and is banned from owning firearms. He was imprisoned in
Kerr County Prison and remains intact. According to the KCSO, the FBI or other
federal authorities may seek federal charges in this case.
Fresno, CA: Baber Shop Employee killed, body found in restroom
Louisville, KY: 1 pronounced dead after overnight shooting at C-store
Louisville, KY: Employee and 2nd victim killed in weekend shooting at
Maywood, IL: Barber Accused of Fatally Shooting Customer Who Refused to Pay for
Haircut; claims self-defense
Akron, OH: Man Sentenced To 4 Life Terms For Killing 4 During Series Of
Robberies In Ohio
Dallas, TX: One person in custody after reports of shooting at NorthPark Mall;
Jefferson County, AL: 2 shot in vehicle outside Western Hills Mall in Fairfield
Columbus, OH: Mother shot at 23 times while parking car at Ohio strip mall;
Pittsburgh, PA: Ross Park Mall Shooting: A frightening moment occurred Saturday
when gunfire erupted at one of the Pittsburgh areas's most popular shopping
Incidents & Thefts
People Who Shoplift at CVS Shouldn’t Be Prosecuted, Says Sex and the City
Actress Cynthia Nixon
and politician Cynthia Nixon made waves this week when she Tweeted she would
rather have people steal from CVS stores than see them prosecuted. Nixon, best
known for her role on the HBO series Sex and the City and then for her failed
2018 gubernatorial bid in New York, Tweeted the comments about the stores owned
by the Woonsocket, Rhode Island headquartered corporation this week.
“The CVS on my corner has started locking up basic items like clothing
detergent,” Nixon Tweeted. “As so many families can’t make ends meet right now,
I can’t imagine thinking that the way to solve the problem of people stealing
basic necessities out of desperation is to prosecute them."
Reaction was swift — and vocal. “Worth noting that several candidates for
Manhattan DA (and for NYC Mayor) say shoplifting should not be prosecuted
because that’s ‘criminalizing poverty,’” Tweeted Errol Louis, the host of Inside
City Hall, in response.
“I grew up poor, and we never took anything that we hadn't paid for. It's
insulting that you think the less fortunate have no ability to discern right
from wrong. Also, allowing widespread theft will result in higher prices,
punishing the poor and honest,” wrote Twitter user “LynnM.” “You live in a
neighborhood of $3 million-dollar apartments and townhouses. No one at your CVS
is ‘desperate’ to steal ‘basic necessities,” wrote user “A New Radical
Centrism.” “This isn't just moral grandstanding on your part, it's really
incompetent moral grandstanding.”
Memphis, TN: Robbery suspect wanted for targeting two CVS stores
Zephyrhills, FL: Man arrested on Felony Burglary charges in connection with
break-ins and thefts at 7 businesses
Trussville, AL: Family of four threatened by knife-wielding stranger while
shopping at Target
AT&T – Torrance, CA –
Bakery - Zephyrhills,
FL – Burglary
Barber - Zephyrhills,
FL – Burglary
C-Store - Crook
County, OR – Robbery
C-Store – Worchester,
MA – Robbery
C-Store – San Mateo
County, CA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Jackson, MS
C-Store – Bellville,
TX – Armed Robbery
CVS – Memphis, TN –
CVS – Memphis, TN –
Indianapolis, IN – Robbery
Dollar General –
Anderson, SC – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Decatur,
IL – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – Little
Rock, AR – Burglary
Gas Station – Loudoun
County, VA – Burglary
Gun – Missouri City,
TX – Burglary
Gym – Bronx, NY –
Jewelry – Poughkeepsie, NY – Robbery
Jewelry – Chesapeake, VA – Robbery
Jewelry – Lexington, KY – Robbery
Jewelry – Portland, OR – Robbery
Macy’s – East Garden
City, NY – Robbery
Marijuana – Napa, CA –
Evansville, IN – Burglary
Zephyrhills, FL – Burglary
T-Mobile – Hagerstown,
MD – Robbery
Thrift – Chico, CA –
Walgreens – San Tan
Valley, AZ - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven – San Diego,
CA – Armed Robbery
• 18 robberies
• 11 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
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