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NRF PROTECT Session Roundup: Day 3 | June 6

By Amber Bradley, Owner, Calibration Group

As consistent as the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor (docked there since 1967), NRF PROTECT attendees can count on many reasons to shake off that post “networking event” fog to join colleagues for a packed day of learning and valuable takeaways for the final day of this year’s conference.

Thursday morning’s keynote, “Hacking Retail,” presented by Ted Harrington, Executive Partner, Independent Security Evaluators, an elite security researcher who was the first to exploit the iPhone. Ted’s message included busting misconceptions about overall infrastructure security addressing concepts like information leakage, functionality abuse and misconceptions like believing, “no one would ever think to do that.”

Ultimately, Ted’s call to action was to challenge assumptions to ensure you’re asking what if and finding different ways to solve problems. Couldn’t make the conference but loving Ted’s message? Get a free signed book from Ted Harrington by clicking here.

The session line-up was packed with phenomenal speakers and experts and you can check out the full list here. Today’s session round-up summarizes two key sessions:

- “Start with empathy: Handling vulnerable and homeless people” presented by Hugo Cortez, field security manager, McDonald’s Corp, Octavio Jara, Sr. Manager of Security, Edward Turner, Director of Protection, WPV & Fraud, Staples, moderated by Susan Reda, VP of Education Strategy, NRF

Summary: McDonald’s and Staples experts covered how important it is to change your mindset when it comes to dealing with the homeless population. It’s critically important to deal with these potentially tense situations by leading with empathy and respect. Each professional explained the importance of consistent training for frontline employees on principles of empathy, conflict prevention, and de-escalation.

Key takeaways from the session includes:

  • McDonald’s provided actual examples and key strategies they use to help train their employees on interacting with the homeless and preventing conflict including utilizing Amber Bradley’s company, the Calibration Group, for consistent awareness training. Contact Calibration Group here.

  • On the technology front, there were many tools mentioned that are extremely helpful in interacting with this population include:

    • LiveView Technologies for camera towers and classical music playing in the parking lots. Contact LVT here.

    • Amphion Integrated Solutions provides a technology that locks the restaurant down in the event of a dangerous situation with just the touch of one button. Contact Amphion here.

    • Virtual guards to help protect the restaurant and contact law enforcement when necessary provided by Interface.

  • Staples provided specific no-cost strategies including turning off the WiFi during off hours and partnering with your local health department or homeless shelter to ensure a productive relationship for mutual resources

- “Lessons from ten years of retail cybersecurity collaboration” presented by Diane Brown, VP of IT Risk Management for ULTA Beauty, Aaron De Runtz, Sr. Director, Cybersecurity and Technical Infrastructure, Peet’s Coffee, Cy Fenton, Managing Consultant, Proximus Consulting Group and Adam Isles, Principle and Head of Cybersecurity, The Chertoff Group

Summary: This group of cyber experts discussed the aftermath of the Target data breach, how that impacted retail, and how retail changed and what’s next for upcoming cyber risks. Ransomware and data extortion are top of mind for retailers standing in the cyber security gap against the hackers. Panelists also talked about ensuring you know the complexities of your internal systems because that is where organizations are potentially vulnerable. Another major point is to ensure your organization is resilient and make sure the “blast zone” is the smallest it can be.

Key takeaways from the session includes:

  • Hope and luck are not good plans for cyber protection

  • Don’t forget about the people parts of the cyber equation

  • Understand all the systems within your organization – including 3rd parties

  • Identify and measure the resiliency of the key segments of your organization

NRF PROTECT’s proverbial mic drop was its closing session featuring ESPN analyst Herm Edwards! Herm talked, “Playing to win the game” inspiring the audience to shape your career with the focus of elite athletes and by making something out of every day.

There you have it from Long Beach and this year’s NRF PROTECT! Meet up for more valuable content in 2025 in Grapevine, Texas at the Gaylord, June 23 – 25, 2025!


The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

40% of Americans Admit to Shoplifting
Survey: Shoplifting fairly common among Americans
A large percentage of American adults have admitted to stealing merchandise from a store.

That’s according to a new survey Express Legal Funding, conducted with SurveyMonkey, which found that 40% of respondents admitted to having shoplifted at least once, indicating that theft is a fairly common behavior among Americans. Two-thirds (66%) of respondents in all age groups reported knowing someone who has shoplifted before.

The survey found that women shoplift more than men, with 43% of women reporting prior shoplifting, while only 37% of men said they shoplifted before. Women are consistently more likely than men to know someone who has shoplifted, with a difference of roughly 10% in each region.

The likelihood of shoplifting decreases with age, with the 18-24 age group reporting the highest likelihood of shoplifting in the next two years, while the 55+ group shows the lowest.

As far as motivations for shoplifting, financial hardship (52%) was cited as the most prevalent and consistently cited primary reason for shoplifting across all demographics. Seeking a “high” or thrill from stealing was reported as the main factor for shoplifting by 19% of the respondents.

According to the survey, the most commonly cited reason for hesitation towards retail theft across all regions is the belief that shoplifting is morally wrong or against their religion (70%), followed by the fear of getting in trouble with the police.

Express Legal Funding and SurveyMonkey interviewed 535 consumer participants for the survey.

Pharmacy Robberies Plummet After New Time-Delayed Safe Requirement
Toronto, Canada: Pharmacy robberies down 82% thanks to new tech
Pharmacy robberies in the city are down 82 per cent in 2024 compared to this time last year thanks to new technology, Toronto police say. Last year, a new mandate kicked in ordering all pharmacies to have time-delayed safes, which only open after a set-amount of time has passed after being unlocked. They are used to secure narcotics such as oxycodone, morphine, and codeine. Now, Toronto police, the Ontario College of Pharmacists and the Ontario Pharmacists Association are celebrating the decrease in pharmacy robberies across the board. In Toronto, there have been 10 robberies so far this year, compared to 60 in the same time period in 2023.

"Pharmacy robberies were very lucrative. Each pill obtained was sold for profit, and there was an obvious demand," said Toronto police Insp. Joseph Matys at a news conference on Wednesday. "Working together with our residents and our law enforcement and industry partners, we can make it harder for criminals to victimize our communities and ultimately make a safer and more secure Toronto for everyone."

Matys said criminals would often use stolen vehicles during pharmacy robberies, which contributed to the auto theft crisis in the region. They would also put customers, staff and pharmacists in danger and would sell the drugs obtained in the illegal market, also adding on to the opioid crisis, he said. He confirmed police have received reports that criminals have left mid-break-in after realizing they can't open the safe quickly. "Criminals are after an easy target, and once they find out that these pharmacies have time-delayed safes, they go off," he said. More than 4,900 pharmacies now carry the technology in Ontario

Retail Body Cams Make More Headlines
Will Body Cameras Scare Shoplifters?
TJX Companies has started outfitting security guards at some of its stores in the U.S. with police-type body cameras as part of its ongoing efforts to counter a rise in shoplifting incidents.

“When somebody comes in, it’s sort of — it’s almost like a de-escalation where people are less likely to do something when they’re being videotaped,” CFO John Klinger said last month on TJX’s first-quarter analyst call.

Criminologists told CNN that body cameras can aid in investigations over in-store incidents, also including accusations of racial profiling or wrongful arrests for shoplifting. Body cameras could also help identify shoplifters, although having to get close to the suspect to secure a recognizable image carries risks for security personnel. Criminologists were more skeptical that body cameras would deter crime since shoplifters already assume they’re being filmed by standard security cameras.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is pushing for the New York Senate to pass the Retail Worker Safety Act that would require retailers to have written workplace violence prevention programs, including guidance on de-escalation tactics and active shooter training. Large retailers must install panic buttons throughout stores under the legislation.

Speaking to CNN, Stuart Appelbaum, the president of the RWDSU, expressed concerns about the information body cameras are collecting and whether they could be employed in union-busting efforts. He said, “Employees feel like they are under surveillance.”

UK: Is the Lack of Prosecution Fueling Shoplifting Surge?
Only 14% of Shoplifting Cases in the UK Result in Prosecution
Almost 90% of shoplifting offenses in the UK are not being prosecuted, raising concerns among retailers and the public alike. New figures from the Home Office reveal that only 14% of shoplifting cases across England and Wales resulted in a charge or summons in the year to September 2023. This statistic underscores a growing issue within the criminal justice system and highlights the challenges faced by police forces in tackling retail theft.

Shoplifting is not just a petty crime; it has significant repercussions for businesses and communities. As shoplifting incidents increase, retailers are left to deal with the financial losses and operational disruptions. The Home Office data indicates a 25% rise in shoplifting offenses compared to the previous year, signaling a trend that requires urgent attention and effective solutions.

The Shocking Rise in Shoplifting: Analyzing the Data

The Home Office figures paint a stark picture of the shoplifting landscape in the UK. In the year to September 2023, police recorded 264,000 shoplifting offenses, a substantial increase from the previous year. Despite this surge, only 14% of these cases resulted in charges or summons, leaving the vast majority of offenders unpunished.

This low prosecution rate is concerning, especially when compared to other types of crime. The data shows that shoplifting is often treated as a low-priority offense, with limited resources allocated to its prevention and prosecution. Factors contributing to this trend include understaffed police forces, the complexity of gathering sufficient evidence, and the perception that shoplifting is a minor crime.

However, the reality for retailers is quite different. Shoplifting leads to significant financial losses, increased security costs, and a stressful work environment for employees. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has highlighted the rampant nature of retail theft, emphasizing that offenders often escape without consequences. The BRC’s chief executive, Helen Dickinson, stated, “It is vital that police forces investigate and the criminal justice system acts to remove persistent offenders from our stores and streets.”

The Impact on Retailers: A Growing Concern - Authority Responses: Police and Government Actions - Strategies to Combat Shoplifting:

Shoplifting 'Creeping Into the Middle Class' - Is Self-Checkout Fueling It?
Anonymous commentary: I’m a middle-class shoplifter – and here’s why I’m happy to confess it
The first time I did the dodgy in the supermarket was a few years ago, when I took the tag off the organic leeks and pretended they were normal leeks at the checkout. I had a buzz on realising I was cheating the system and taking something from them, a behemoth supermarket giant. I realise it’s not high stakes, but now I regularly shoplift.

The tendency for people like me to take what they can hasn’t gone unnoticed – M&S chair Archie Norman has claimed faulty self-checkouts are behind shoplifting “creeping in” among the middle classes.

The former MP said customers were tempted to leave without paying when the machines failed to scan products. “With the reduction of service you get in a lot of shops, a lot of people think: ‘This didn’t scan properly, or it’s very difficult to scan these things through and I shop here all the time. It’s not my fault, I’m owed it’,” he said. He’s right.

You see, I don’t even see it as shoplifting: people like me don’t do that. I’m a nice middle-class woman with young children! I am entirely unextraordinary – we’re not on the breadline, but food is still expensive. We are the very definition of the “squeezed middle”.

I realised how easy it was when I downloaded an app from a leading supermarket where they trust you to do everything yourself. What is this magical thing? You scan the items, bag them, and then just check yourself out. I didn’t even consciously steal things at first, it was a genuine mistake – in a haze of walking round the supermarket with “two-under-two”. The first time I realised I’d done it I was mortified, and then a little bit excited. But I didn’t stop myself from doing it again.

$5 Million Dollar Grant to Fight Retail Theft
Palm Springs, CA: PSPD Awarded Grant To Help Tackle Retail Theft
The Palm Springs Police Department is asking for business owners help to combat retail theft. After receiving a grant of close to 5 million dollars, they will develop the tools to do just that.

They’re asking business owners to take a survey, which can be found on all of PSPD’s social media page, which gathers basic information about the owned business, including information, for example, if they’ve ever been victim to a theft or robbery.

All this, apart of the grant, which helps PSPD determine what areas might need extra security.

Seal Beach Police Overall crime down 4% in 2023

Adams admin asks federal judge to suspend solitary confinement ban in NYC jails

Big City Retail Finally Bouncing Back from COVID?
The internet isn't killing brick and mortar after all

Chicago Retail Is Climbing Back From The Worst Of The Pandemic
When moderator Mel Muoio of the Chicago Blackhawks asked panelists at Bisnow's Chicago Retail, Entertainment, Sports and Tourism event Wednesday at the Fifth Third Arena for one thing they wanted the audience to remember about retail before leaving, one panelist summed up her thoughts succinctly.

We suck less, finally,” Abbell Associates CEO Liz Holland quipped, to a chorus of laughs from the audience.

Holland’s tongue-in-cheek remark reflects the cautious optimism from retailers battling back from a brutal pandemic stretch that saw many tenants close up shop as customers stayed home and bought items from the comfort of their couches.

Demand for Chicago retail space went up by almost 4M SF by the end of 2023, Lee & Associates’ Zach Geller told RE Journals in April. Additionally, local firms are projected to add 30,000 new positions in 2024, with employment expected to remain on an upward trajectory.

Retail has always fought its obsolescence,” Holland said. “The good news for us is over the last 10 years, we've learned that the internet isn't going to kill brick and mortar retail, so we can put that nightmare behind us. But that still doesn't change … the fact that you have to evolve.

Adam Tritt, the chief development officer at Brookfield, said retailers need to provide reasons for people to get up off the sofa and come to visit “in the real world, not virtually.”

Presidential Politics Clashes with Retail
Kohl's Faces Boycott After Retailer Snubs Republican Convention
Conservative activists on social media are calling for a boycott of Kohl's after the Milwaukee-based retail chain said it won't be sponsoring the 2024 Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to take place in the city from July 15-18.

In posts on X, formerly Twitter, one person said they would "never shop there again," while another vowed to "Bud Light the f*** out of you!" in an apparent reference to the boycott campaign targeted at the beer producer after it partnered with transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney.

Speaking to CNBC News, a Kohl's spokesperson said the company would not support the GOP convention in its home city. They said, "Kohl's is not a political organization nor donor and is not sponsoring nor engaging in any specific RNC events.

The move came despite Reince Priebus, the former RNC chair who is helping to organize the convention, telling The Wall Street Journal that "virtually all of the Fortune 500 companies in Wisconsin" had made financial pledges to the event.

The news that Kohl's wouldn't be sponsoring the convention triggered a conservative backlash on social media, with some users falsely suggesting the company had already agreed to back the event before pulling out.

Retail Is No Longer 'On Its Deathbed'
Retail ‘Having a Moment Now,’ Global Developer Says
A couple of years after some real estate professionals were concerned that retail was on its deathbed, the property type is back and providing new opportunities, according to an executive at global developer Portman.

With brokerage JLL estimating the country's overall retail vacancy rate at 4.1%, companies including Portman are taking advantage of a lack of availability and building shop space, Dotan Zuckerman, the firm's head of retail development, said in a video interview. He pointed to the retail space the firm is developing at its Spring Quarter mixed-use project at the site of a former funeral home in Atlanta as an example.

"Retail is really having a moment now and standing on its own," Zuckerman said.

L.A. Retail Market Outpacing New York for First U.S. Shops
The influencer environment and upcoming World Cup, Super Bowl and Olympic Games are making L.A. attractive for international fashion, streetwear and fine jewelry brands.

Costco is building out an ad business using its shoppers’ data

Foxtrot Set To Reopen About A Dozen Stores This Summer

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Some Small Businesses Couldn't Survive a Cyberattack
78% of SMBs fear cyberattacks could shut down their business
94% of SMBs have experienced at least one cyberattack, a dramatic rise from 64% in 2019, according to ConnectWise. This increase in cyberattacks is exacerbated by the fact that 76% of SMBs lack the in-house skills to properly address security issues, increasing demand for the expertise and services of MSPs.

Rising cyberattack frequency on SMBs

The growing wave of cyber incidents is eroding SMBs’ confidence in their ability to protect their businesses with a staggering 78% concerned that a severe cyberattack could drive them out of operation.

This escalating apprehension is pushing SMBs to reevaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity strategies, recognizing the urgent need for proactive measures to safeguard their data, maintain customer trust, and drive innovation.

The data reveals that in addition to the substantial increase in frequency, 56% of SMBs have already faced at least one cyberattack this year, and 89% fear they will be targeted within the next six months. Organizations are feeling the impact of these incidents.

99.5% of organizations have experienced repercussions from cyber incidents, with 38% citing the cost and effort of dealing with these issues as the most common impact. Compared to 2019, 64% more of SMBs report experiencing damage to company reputation as a result of increased frequency of cyberattacks.

Despite these challenges, SMBs that work with MSPs report slightly lower impacts in terms of company reputation damage, monetary costs of dealing with the attack, and negative publicity compared to those that do not use an MSP. Although partnering with an MSP may not decrease the frequency of cyberattacks, it can significantly diminish the effectiveness and consequences of these attacks, providing a valuable layer of defense.

Avast Q1 2024 Threat Report
90% of threats are social engineering
Jakub Kroustek, Malware Research Director at Gen, discusses the Avast Q1 2024 Threat Report. The report highlights significant trends and incidents in cybersecurity. Key findings include:

Surge in social engineering attacks: Nearly 90% of threats blocked were social engineering-based, with scams and phishing on the rise, particularly utilizing deepfake technology and hijacked YouTube channels.

Lazarus APT campaign: The Lazarus Group’s sophisticated campaign targeted individuals in Asia with fake job offers, exploiting a Windows driver vulnerability to maintain persistent access.

Increase in mobile threats: Over 90% of mobile threats were scams, with notable threats including adware, banker malware like MoqHao, and biometric data theft attempts.

Ransomware activity: LockBit ransomware made headlines with a law enforcement takedown, though it quickly resurfaced. Avast released decryptors for new ransomware strains like HomuWitch and Rhysida.

YouTube as a threat vector: YouTube was exploited for phishing, malvertising, and crypto scams, but Avast protected millions of users from these threats.

Cybersecurity Partnership Between Feds & Private Sector
Panel advises CISA on how to improve industry-government collaboration project

The adopted recommendations include not getting waylaid from the central mission of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative.

A Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency initiative to enhance collaboration between government and industry should avoid policy distractions, establish a physical meeting space and create a “smart Rolodex” for identifying potential partners, according to a CISA advisory panel.

CISA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Committee on Wednesday adopted recommendations for improving the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC), a three-year-old project to share cybersecurity data between government and the private sector that has faced persistent complaints among some that the initiative has featured lackluster information sharing, a decline in participation and organizational problems.

Before producing its recommendations, the advisory panel spoke to a “good subset” of the more than 300 partners in the joint collaborative project, said Ron Green, chair of the subcommittee that produced the report and Mastercard’s former chief security officer and a current fellow at the company.

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How AI is Transforming E-Commerce
AI Remains Transformative Within the Ecommerce Space in 2024
Few things have disrupted the ecommerce industry of late quite as thoroughly as AI. The experts agree, predicting that global AI in the retail market will surpass $24 billion by 2028, growing at 24.4% CAGR YOY.

Yet many retailers haven’t begun leveraging AI to its fullest potential. They recognize GenAI’s contribution to their future success and see it as crucial to plans. About two-thirds of companies plan to invest more in AI in the next six months, and 60% of commerce leaders recognize the value of AI in boosting customer experience to provide a competitive advantage. Determining how and where to implement this technology to drive ROI remains a significant challenge.

AI’s Current Impact on Retail

In many ways, AI enables ecommerce companies to understand customers more deeply, engage them intelligently, fulfill demand efficiently and modernize the shopping experience.

AI algorithms can analyze customer data and behavior to provide highly customized and tailored recommendations, content and experiences to each shopper to drive higher engagement and conversion. AI tools help forecast demand, analyze market and sales trends, optimize pricing and manage inventory more effectively to increase revenue and lower costs.

Robust AI-driven search and discovery capabilities help shoppers find products more easily and accurately. Tools like visual search enable consumers to use images for searching. Many ecommerce companies have deployed conversational commerce and AI-powered virtual assistants for 24/7 customer support, boosting customer satisfaction without incurring higher costs.

In 2024, AI will continue making retail and commerce more customer-centric through conversational commerce tools.

Thieves Posing as Amazon Drivers
Porch pirates hit homes wearing Amazon vests that can be bought online

Thieves posed as delivery drivers, but the cases do not appear to be connected

Over the last week, police departments alerted their communities to watch for porch pirates disguised as legitimate Amazon workers swiping packages. Police in Gardner, Massachusetts, about 1.5 hours northwest of Boston, said they have seen an increase in these types of crimes, as has a Pennsylvania police department.

In both states, law enforcement described the same modus operandi; the suspects wore Amazon vests, walked up to the home carrying an empty box and switched it with a package that was already delivered.

The vests are sold on Amazon's site, but an Amazon spokesperson said only authorized parties are able to complete a purchase. Other online retail sites sell bogus, real-looking vests for cheap, though.

"Unfortunately, there are bad actors who wear Amazon-branded or look-alike apparel to steal packages from customers’ homes," Branden Baribeau, an Amazon spokesperson, said in an email to Fox News Digital.

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East Rutherford, NJ: $100K in goods stolen from luxury store at American Dream Mall
A crew of four people made off with about $100,000 in luxury merchandise from one store at New Jersey’s largest mall on Tuesday, law enforcement said. State Police responded just after 2 p.m. to a shoplifting incident at the Balenciaga store in American Dream, the retail and entertainment complex at the Meadowlands. Troopers said it appeared two males and two females entered the store, took numerous items, and left without paying. Troopers said it appeared two males and two females entered the store, took numerous items, and left without paying. The new flagship store opened in February, spanning two levels and over 10,460 square feet. Balenciaga has roots starting in 1918 — when Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first boutique in Spain, according to the brand’s website.

Los Angeles, CA: LAPD seizes more than 2,800 boxes of LEGOs in massive retail theft bust
Two people were arrested this week in connection with a retail theft ring that allegedly stole thousands of LEGO toys from several Southern California retailers. Blanca Gudino, 39, of Lawndale, and 71-year-old Richard Siegel were taken into custody after police served a search warrant at Siegel's home in Long Beach. Police said detectives became aware of a series of thefts from a retailer on North Gaffey Street in San Pedro where loss prevention personnel identified Gudino as the suspect. On Tuesday, she was seen stealing items from the same retailer in Torrance and Lakewood before dropping them off at Siegel's home, according to police. During the search warrant, LAPD Harbor Area detectives recovered more than 2,800 boxes of LEGO toys. "Individual items seized varied in retail value from $20.00 to well over $1,000," said police in a press release. Police did not identify the retailer that was targeted by the pair. Police said during Wednesday's bust, potential buyers who saw ads for the toys online stopped by the home. Siegel was arrested for organized retail theft while Gudino was arrested for grand theft.

Vancouver, BC, Canada: Vancouver police crack down on stolen goods being resold online for profit
Five people have been arrested as Vancouver police investigate fencing operations that bought up stolen goods being sold cheaply in Downtown Eastside street markets and resold the items online for big bucks. Some $650,000 worth of cash, drugs and property were seized by police during the months-long investigation. “The shoplifting epidemic is fuelling an illicit market for stolen property that impacts small businesses, employees, and consumers,” said Insp. Mario Mastropieri. “Much of that illicit market runs straight through the Downtown Eastside, where stolen property is bought and sold in plain sight, then resold for profit online.” On Thursday, Vancouver Police revealed the latest developments in Project Barcode, which was launched in February 2023 to crack down on shoplifting. Police tracked stolen property from store shelves to the sidewalk markets of the Downtown Eastside, where they were sold, and then on to homes where the items were sold online. Police believe some individuals were bringing in thousands of dollars a week. Investigators have not said what online platform were used to resell the items or at what mark up.

Oklahoma City, OK: OKCPD trying to identify three after merchandise stolen from Lowes
Oklahoma City Police say they’re trying to identify three people after merchandise was stolen from several Lowes stores. According to OKCPD, thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was stolen from multiple Lowes stores in the Oklahoma City area.

Manhattan, KS: 3 Wichita women steal $3,400 in merchandise from Dick's
Three young women from Wichita were arrested this week for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Dick's Sporting Goods in Manhattan. The Riley County Police Department said officers filed a report of theft at Dick's, located at 401 3rd Place, Tuesday afternoon. The business reported the three suspects entered the store and left without paying for about $3,454 worth of merchandise. Police said the three were swiftly apprehended. Police arrested 18-year-old Jvon Adams-Morgan, 20-year-old Inayjha Ware and 19-year-old Elvia Richards all from Wichita. Online court records show felony theft charges against Adams-Morgan and Ware were filed in Riley County on Wednesday. No charges were listed for Richards.

Columbia, SC: Florida man found with 74 stolen perfume bottles in his clothes after chase

Lackawanna County, PA: $2500 retail theft from The Home Depot leads to 90mph police pursuit

Ventura County, CA: VCSO targets alleged Target thief: over $1000 in merchandise recovered






Shootings & Deaths

Renton, WA: Off Duty Security Guard thought teens were about to rob a store before deadly shooting; teens weren't armed
The incident occurred around 7:40 p.m. on June 5 outside the Big 5 Sporting Goods store in the Renton Village Shopping Center. According to court documents, 51-year-old Aaron Brown Myers pulled into the shopping center parking lot to pick up his 13-year-old son, who was training at a jiu jitsu gym next to the Big 5 Sporting Goods store. Myers told officers that he is a security guard and had just gotten off duty to get his son. Myers was not employed to protect the shopping center. While waiting for his son, Myers said he saw three young people walking toward the sports store. One appeared to have what Myers thought was a gun at his waistband. Myers got out of his truck and pointed his gun at the group from behind. He told them to stop, put their hands up and drop the weapon. Myers told detectives later that he thought the teens were going to commit an armed robbery and he didn't have time to call 911.

According to court documents, Myers said he "had a duty to act to stop the individuals from hurting someone innocent and to protect his son who was at the location next door to Big 5 Sporting Goods." The teens initially complied and put their hands up. The teen who had the "gun," which ended up being an airsoft gun, tossed the weapon to the side. Myers told detectives that he tried to use his arm to restrain the teen who dropped the "weapon." He told detectives that he saw that the teen did not have the weapon, but wanted to make sure he couldn't grab it.

According to court documents, Myers told detectives that he gave the teens multiple commands to stop and that they did not. He said one teen was backing up with his hands in the air, saying, "what the f---, man?." Myers said he thought he saw a teen reach for something in his waistband, so he fired multiple times. According to court documents, he stood over the teen on the ground and continued to fire. The 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two teens and surveillance footage confirmed Myers' account. Myers was booked into King County Jail for second-degree murder. A charging decision from prosecutors is expected on June 10.

St Louis, MO: Man charged in fatal shooting outside north St. Louis gas station
A St. Louis man made his first court appearance Thursday for a fatal shooting outside of a gas station in the city’s Academy neighborhood. According to the St. Louis Metro Police probable cause statement, the shooting took place just after 3:30 p.m. on June 2 at the Phillips 66 at the corner of MLK Drive and North Kingshighway Blvd. Police said the victim, John Christmas, was attempting to buy something at the gas station, but employees told Christmas he could not make any purchases and ordered him to leave. Christmas got into an argument with store employees while standing in the parking lot. Police claim Trevell M. Warren, who was not involved in the argument, walked up to Christmas and took a pistol the man had concealed in his pocket. Christmas and Warren got into a fight over the pistol. During the struggle, the gun went off and Christmas was fatally wounded. Christmas was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 51.

Atlanta, GA: 2 injured in southwest Atlanta strip mall shooting
Two people were injured in a shooting in southwest Atlanta on Thursday afternoon. Officers were called out shortly after 3 p.m. to a strip mall on the corner of Campbellton Road and Dodson Drive. According to the Atlanta Police Department, officers found one man suffering from a gunshot wound and another person with cuts from flying glass. Both victims were speaking to medics as they were being evaluated at the scene.


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Parker, CO: Colorado police corner armed robbery suspects
After assaulting and robbing store employees at knifepoint, police say a trio of bad guys didn’t get far. Parker police officers easily caught up to the suspect vehicle, and when the group tried to cut through a gas station parking lot, officers weren’t far behind. “Officers located the suspects’ vehicle traveling north on Parker Road and attempted a traffic stop. The suspects were backing through a gas station parking lot when officers pinned their car,” the Parker Police Department said. Dashcam video showed what happened next: the suspects tried and failed to make a run for it.

Matthews, NC: Man Charged With Theft After Breaking Into Kohl’s Department Store In Matthews
A Charlotte man has been charged after he reportedly set off an alarm while attempting to break into a Kohl’s department store on Friday, May 31st. Officers responded to the alarm at the store located on East Independence Boulevard around 11 p.m. Upon arrival, officers say they witnessed the suspect, identified as 31-year-old Kevin Byrd inside of the store. Officers say they attempted to make contact with Byrd by giving him verbal commands which he refused to comply with. According to a news release, Byrd ran to the back of the store and left through the emergency exit where he attempted to flee the scene on foot. As he was running, Byrd ran into a tree and was transported to the hospital shortly after where he was treated for his injuries. After his release from the hospital, Byrd was transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail and charged with the following: Felony breaking and/or entering, Larceny, Felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance; Felony possession of cocaine; Resisting a public officer.

San Bernardino County , CA: Southern California man convicted of armed robbery, earning his third felony strike and 50 years to life in prison

Montgomery County, MD: 19-year-old arrested for string of armed robberies, carjacking

San Bernardino County, CA: Three-strikes felon is sentenced after committing smash-and-grab armed robbery in Rancho Cucamonga



C-Store – Stafford Township, NJ – Robbery
C-Store – Spring Hill, TN – Armed Robbery
C- Store – Memphis, TN – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Carrollton County, MI – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Parker, CO – Armed Robbery
Collectables – Pompano Beach, FL – Robbery
Dollar – Akron, OH – Armed Robbery
Handbags – East Rutherford, NJ – Robbery
Hardware - Lackawanna County, PA - Robbery
Hardware – Oklahoma City, OK – Robbery
Jewelry – Upper Merion Township, PA – Robbery
Jewelry – Anne Arundel County, MD – Burglary
Jewelry – Wichita, KS – Burglary
Jewelry – Riverside, IL – Burglary
Kohl’s - Matthews, NC – Burglary
Restaurant – Gonzales, LA - Robbery
Sports – Manhattan, KS – Robbery
Target – Ventura County, CA – Robbery                                                                                                                                      

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• 14 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


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