Courtney Meek promoted to Director of LP Operations
for Ross Stores
has been with Ross Stores for more than six years, starting with the company in
2014 as Manager, Merchandise Protection & LP Operations. Before her latest
promotion to Director, LP Operations, she spent over a year as Associate
Director, LP Operations and over a year as Senior Manager, LP Operations &
Initiatives. Earlier in her career, she spent more than a decade with Gap
Inc./Old Navy. Congratulations, Courtney!
Tunde Adekunle promoted to Director of
for Ross Stores
has been with Ross Stores for nearly six years, starting with the company in
2014 as an Area Loss Prevention Manager. Before his latest promotion to Director
of Investigations, he spent a year as Senior Manager, LP Operations &
Initiatives and more than two years as Senior Area Loss Prevention Manager.
Earlier in his career, he spent more than four years with Target as an Executive
Team Leader. Congratulations, Tunde!
Gary Kinsey, CFI promoted to Senior
Investigations Manager for Macy’s
has been with Macy's for more than 14 years, starting with the company in 2006
as an Asset Protection Manager. Before his latest promotion to Senior
Investigations Manager, he served as Regional Organized Retail Crime Manager for
more than four years and District Manager of Investigations for nearly five
years. Earlier in his career, he held AP roles with Hecht's Department Stores.
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Violence at Discount Retailers is Making the News
How Dollar Stores Became Magnets for Crime & Killing
"Discount chains are thriving - while
fostering violence & neglect in poor communities"
- 200+ gun violence incidents at Family Dollar or
Dollar General stores since 2017
- Large number involve armed robberies where workers, customers were shot
- Nearly 50 of those incidents resulted in deaths
Gun Violence Archive, a website that uses local news reports and law enforcement
sources to tally crimes involving ﬁrearms, lists more than 200 violent
incidents involving guns at Family Dollar or Dollar General stores since the
start of 2017, nearly 50 of which resulted in deaths.
The incidents include carjackings in the parking lot, drug deals gone bad and
altercations inside stores. But a large number involve armed robberies in
which workers or customers have been shot.
Since the beginning of 2017, employees have been wounded in shootings or
pistol-whippings in at least 31 robberies; in at least seven other incidents,
employees have been killed. The violence has not let up in recent months,
when requirements for customers to wear masks have made it harder for clerks
to detect shoppers who are bent on robbery. In early May, a worker at a
Family Dollar in Flint, Michigan, was fatally shot after refusing entry to a
customer without a mask.
The number of incidents can be explained in part by the stores' ubiquity: There
are now more than 16,000 Dollar Generals and nearly 8,000
Family Dollars in the United States, a 50% increase in the past decade. (By
comparison, Walmart has about 4,700 stores in the U.S.) The
are often in high-crime neighborhoods, where there simply aren't many other
businesses for criminals to target. Routine gun violence has fallen sharply in
prosperous cities around the country, but it has remained stubbornly high in
many of the cities and towns where these stores predominate.
The glowing signs of the discount chains have become indicators of neglect,
markers of a geography of the places that the country has written off. The
chains' owners have done little to maintain order in the stores, which tend to
be thinly staffed and exist in a state of physical disarray.
Holiday Crime Trends
July 4th Holiday Cargo Theft Trends and Security Tips from CargoNet
tracking and recovery company CargoNet is warning about a potential surge in
cargo theft during the first week of July when Canada and the U.S. celebrate
their national days. The company said Monday that extended business closures can
create an "advantageous operating environment" for cargo thieves.
Noteworthy thefts from previous July 4th holidays
• $2,000,000 of perfume from Hillsborough
Township, New Jersey
• $444,000 of copper cables from Long Beach,
• $328,321 of toys from Trevor, Wisconsin
• $270,000 of jeans from Blacksburg, South
• $259,878 of hard drives and server chassis
from Norcross, Georgia
Click here for July 4th theft trends and security tips infographic.
Coronavirus Tracker: July 2
US: Over 2.7M Cases - 130K Dead - 1.1M Recovered+
Over 10.8M Cases - 520K Dead - 6M Recovered
Officers From the COVID-19 Pandemic: 51 |
NYPD Deaths: 45
Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 150
US reports over 50,000 new single-day coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the
largest single-day total since the start of the pandemic
Holiday Weekend Could Lead to Bigger Spikes
Fourth of July has potential to create 'perfect storm' for COVID-19 spread,
infection disease doctor warns
As the Fourth of July weekend nears, an infectious disease doctor said the
United States could be heading into "the perfect storm" for a spike in
new coronavirus cases.
"It's set up a perfect storm: the combination of travel, the combination of
reopening - perhaps in some cases, too early - and the combination of
people not necessarily following some of these preventive guidelines," Dr.
Joshua Barocas, an infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center, said
during a Wednesday briefing by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Barocas said cases spiked in some states after Memorial Day. Thirty-seven
states now trend upward in the number of cases from last week and only two
states, New Jersey and Rhode Island, trend downward.
Pandemic-Era Store Safety
Meet the Security Robot That May Be Coming to Your Local Store or Office
Badger Technologies' PatrolBot roams store or warehouse aisles to detect
Technologies®, a product division of Jabil, introduces the Badger PatrolBot™
autonomous robot tailored for the security guard industry. The PatrolBot
autonomous robot extends security workforce operations by automatically
verifying that windows and doors are secured, fire extinguishers and
defibrillators are properly stored, and floors are free of debris and potential
hazards. The robot also can investigate alarms and areas not supported by
The Badger PatrolBot autonomous robot empowers security guard management
companies and their customers to prioritize personnel deployment while
automating manual security checks. This is especially relevant now that
security guard companies are being called upon to support
COVID-19 security requirements, including enforcing social distancing,
taking temperatures and performing worker welfare checks.
Face Mask Rebellion?
Anti-mask shoppers find themselves publicly shamed
and photos of in-store shoppers purportedly behaving badly have been going viral
on social media for years, but the occurrences have spiked in recent
weeks as some shoppers rebel against face mask mandates.
Last Friday, a woman at a North Hollywood Trader Joe's was filmed cursing,
slamming her shopping basket to the ground and calling employees and shoppers
names when confronted about not wearing a mask. She is heard saying mask
mandates violate federal laws. Millions watched the video on social media
over the weekend with the incident earning widespread news coverage.
Other incidents include a man trying to fight his way into an Orlando Walmart
after being told of a mask requirement, a group of shoppers in a Staten Island
ShopRite vilifying an unmasked shopper until she left and a Costco
employee calmly escorting a man refusing to wear a mask from the store.
Retailers generally respond to such incidents by restating their mask policy.
No more dressing rooms:
This virtual fitting experience is moving into Brookfield malls
A start-up that has developed 3D technology to scan your body in under a
minute and tell you what size you are for different clothes at different
retailers has teamed with one of the biggest U.S. mall owners to start opening
kiosks at malls across the country.
Fit:Match is rolling out this fall a handful of spaces with Brookfield, which
owns malls such as Brookfield Place in downtown New York and Fashion Show in
Las Vegas, the companies announced Tuesday. The first open at Oakbrook
Center in Chicago in mid-August, followed by Glendale Galleria in Los Angels and
Stonebriar Centre in Dallas in mid-September.
In the age of the coronavirus, people by and large are not comfortable going
back into fitting rooms. One recent survey found about 49% of millennial
consumers said they would not feel safe trying on clothes in dressing rooms,
even after the pandemic subsides. And that percentage was much higher for baby
boomers, at 71%.
Walmart's new self-checkout store brings more registers & open space
in the era of social distancing
The discount giant is officially confirming mid-June media reports that it
opened a pilot supercenter format in Fayetteville, Ark. that replaces
traditional, in-person checkout lanes with self-checkout kiosks. Instead of
arranging POS terminals in lanes, the store has a front-end layout in which 34
registers line the edges of a wide-open area.
In the new layout, all 34 registers are always open, making it easier to
adapt to changing traffic patterns and maintain a safe social distance within
the open area, because there is more room to maneuver. Other benefits
include reducing the 40 hours spent training a traditional cashier to less than
eight hours training a self-checkout host.
Survey: Americans want stores, malls to follow stricter hygiene measures
The new corporate swag: Branded masks, sanitizer spray bottles and Zoom vanity
does that mean? Does this mean I am less safe? Where did you take the billion
dollars from? Does it mean I am more safe?
Does it have any effect on police abuse? I don't know what it means."
Big Brands Pressured to 'Divest from Racism'
Investors Ask Nike, FedEx & PepsiCo to End Relationships With Washington
Redskins Football Team
Firms worth a total $620 billion put
pressure on brands to divest from racism
the battle for the team name change has gone on for decades, experts say
something is different this time. Institutional investors are concerned
about brands' actions that go against their stated commitments on diversity and
inclusion. History has shown there's a risk for companies that don't pay
attention to social pressure.
On Friday, three separate letters signed by 87 investment firms and
shareholders worth a collective $620 billion asked Nike, FedEx and
PepsiCo to terminate their business relationships with the NFL's Washington
Redskins unless the team agrees to change its controversial name.
'Does this mean I am less safe?'
Cuomo ridicules New York City move to strip $1B in NYPD funding
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed the New York City Council's move strip the
New York Police Department of $1 billion in funding, questioning "what it means"
and calling for concrete action.
"I don't know what it means," Cuomo said during a press briefing Wednesday. "
Cuomo's comments came after the New York City Council passed a budget Tuesday
shifted $1 billion from the New York Police
to programs that assist youth and community
Seattle police forcibly clear 'lawless' protest zone
Wearing helmets and wielding batons and rifles, Seattle police turned out in
force at dawn Wednesday in the city's "occupied" protest zone after
the mayor ordered it
cleared following two recent fatal shootings.
More than three dozen people were arrested, charged with failure to disperse,
obstruction, assault and unlawful weapon possession.
'Get it together, people': de Blasio lashes out at Occupy City Hall protesters
Public advocate threatens to block tax collection without NYPD hiring freeze
Gov. Tom Wolf Will Sign Police Reform Bills Passed Unanimously By Pennsylvania
Maryland lawmaker says a union fired him over his push for police reform
Las Vegas, NV: Police officer wounded in protest moving to spinal cord center
'A scary number' of retail companies are facing bankruptcy
amid the coronavirus pandemic
Even those that survive will face a bumpy
To be sure, 2020 is shaping up to be one of the deadliest ever for the former
icons of the mall and various shopping centers. The pandemic has kept stores
closed for months and sent sales for the sector into a tailspin. With consumers
only slowly venturing back out to stores after months of being quarantined,
retailers are being faced with the reality they need fewer stores open...or
should no longer be in business at all.
"Some companies are just not going to survive this,"
says McGrail, who is the COO of Tiger Capital Group. Its McGrail's team - which
often includes store associates of a stricken retailer - that hangs the "Everything must go" signs and works to fetch top dollar on fixtures and other
Once formidable retailers such as Neiman Marcus (filed for bankruptcy in
May) will either vanish entirely or emerge from bankruptcy with 75% smaller
store networks. Those retailers that somehow manage to avoid bankruptcy by way
of a creative debt raise or other restructuring will find the road ahead
bumpy at best.
Top CEOs see business impact from coronavirus lingering
until at least the end of 2021
The chief executives of the nation's biggest companies expect the business
impact from the coronavirus to linger until at least the end of 2021. Nearly
a third of them fear it could persist beyond then.
That sizable percentage − and disagreement among the country's most powerful
executives − represents how uncertain the economic climate remains as the
U.S. battles a health disaster with little modern precedence.
Apple to reclose 30 more retail stores as coronavirus cases spike
Nordstrom cuts 6,000 jobs, reduces workforce nationwide amid 40% decrease in
McDonald's is halting its U.S. reopening plans as coronavirus cases spike
Belk confirms layoffs, primarily at corporate office due to coronavirus pandemic
Fears grow for UK high street as more than 6,000 retail jobs cut in a day
Here's why the biggest U.S. mall owner might want to buy JC Penney
U.S. adds 4.8M jobs in June with leisure and hospitality and retail leading the
Macy's reimagining its fireworks for COVID-19
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Agilence Announces Creation of Strategic Advisory Board to Strengthen Leadership
in Retail and Restaurant Data Analytics
MT. LAUREL, N.J. - Agilence, Inc., the leading provider
of operational analytics & reporting solutions to the retail and restaurant
industries, today announced the formation of its new Strategic Advisory Board (SAB).
The newly formed SAB will work closely with the Agilence management team to
further advance its progress in the data analytics industry and support the
company’s continued growth.
"We are pleased to formally welcome such established industry leaders to our
newly formed Strategic Advisory Board,” said Russ Hawkins, President and CEO of
Agilence. "With vast corporate experience within the retail and technology
space, Agilence will hugely benefit from their strong global senior leadership
perspective. Their combined experience will be a great asset as we work to
enable all retail and restaurant chain operators to unlock the power in their
data, break down data access bottlenecks and empower all associates to make
better, data-driven decisions throughout the organization.”
The following individuals have been confirmed as members of Agilence's
Strategic Advisory Board:
Lisa Cramer, former co-founder and President of LeadLife Solutions, SVP
of Global Sales & Marketing at InReality, and current Head of North America
Sales Leader Performance at SAP. Cramer serves to provide experience building
growth engines through operational excellence that accelerate sales velocity and
Mike Lukianoff, previous CEO of CZAR Metrics and former Chief Analytics
Officer at Fishbowl. Lukianoff prides himself on creating quantitative solutions
for brick-and-mortar retail and restaurant businesses. He is also an advisory
board member at Bite.
Paul Melchiorre, previous President of iPipeLine, CRO at Anaplan, Global
Vice President at Ariba and SVP of Global Accounts at SAP. Melchiorre is
currently an Operating Partner at Stripes and holds board or advisory positions
at R3, Scout RFP, and MissionOG. He brings 30+ years of experience as an
established software executive.
Ken Morris, founder and Principal of Boston Retail Partners, former CEO
of CTF Consulting, and CEO of LakeWest Group. Currently, Morris applies his 40+
years of retail industry & consulting knowledge as an analyst for the Boston
Main Streets Foundation.
667% Increase in Coronavirus-Related
Balancing security and innovation in a crisis
The rapid global shift to a remote workforce and increased reliance on
digital infrastructure was met almost immediately by a staggering uptick in
cybercrime. With security resources and budgets stretched thin to
accommodate remote workforces, cybercriminals were quick to capitalize on the
increased attack surface and general uncertainty, striking with a 667 percent
increase in coronavirus-related cyberattacks.
New technology, new threats
What must be achieved is a balance between innovation and security, based on an
organization’s risk appetite, business objectives and regulatory climate. Firms
can avoid putting their reputations at risk by ensuring data and regulatory
compliance, identifying and fixing weak points with an ethical hacking service
and making sure IT departments control access to confidential information
using encryption and managing identity with PKI. Firms should also consider
working with a trusted security partner who can provide a comprehensive and
proactive security plan
Insiders pose a risk
It is not just new technology that can pose a serious risk. Perhaps the
greatest danger to a professional services firm is its people — and our new
ways of working magnifies this weakness. With the shift away from secure private
networks to SD-WAN, Internet and cloud-based connectivity, there are many ways
for individuals to unwittingly offer cybercriminals a route into a company’s
By partnering with a credible security partner, professional services firms can
achieve a healthy balance that not only provides the flexibility to react
quickly to rapidly changing market conditions, but also the ability to
continuously seek efficiencies to operations.
Race to the Cloud: Can Security Keep Pace With Adoption?
IBM's Limor Kessem on New Study of Cloud Security Gaps
the advent of COVID-19, many enterprises have moved new workloads to the cloud.
But have they been just as swift to adopt cybersecurity best practices in these
multi-cloud environments? IBM's Limor Kessem analyzes a new cloud security
In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Kessem discusses:
• Highlights of the new study;
• Key gaps in governance and cloud apps;
• Recommendations for improving security in a
Kessem, global security executive adviser at IBM, is a seasoned security
advocate, public speaker and author.
How IoT Can Help Retailers Succeed in a Post-Pandemic World
Internet of things (IoT) devices can support retailers as they navigate these
changed circumstances. When deployed across retail operations, such devices can
mitigate the amount of manual intervention needed to maintain product integrity
and service shoppers. Here are some of the ways the IoT can help retailers
adjust to a new world of business, and adhere to critical safety standards.
Under new social distancing and sanitation guidelines, retailers need to find
ways to limit unnecessary foot traffic that can contribute to the spread of
disease, while still protecting their products. IoT sensors attached to
containers can support warehouse management in these efforts, by collecting and
transmitting data on inventory conditions to remote retail staff. With this
technology, warehouse managers can monitor the temperature and pressure of
containers from a distance, thereby keeping human contact, and the spread of
germs, to a minimum.
Store Capacity Monitoring
Posting store “bouncers” at entrance and exit points to count shoppers as they
come through is one option, but this method is prone to human error and may
jeopardize employee and shopper safety. Instead, retailers can place IoT sensors
on shelves or grocery carts to automatically, continuously and accurately count
the number of shoppers in store, so they can more reliably adhere to safety
To meet these expectations, retailers can attach IoT-enabled devices to shipping
containers to secure up-to-date insights into package whereabouts. Data
collected by these devices can also help to immediately identify delays caused
by warehouse complications or heavy traffic, so that retailers they can quickly
reevaluate and optimize shipping routes that will further enhance customer
experiences moving forward.
LP + IT Collaboration
Good Cyber Hygiene in a Pandemic-Driven World Starts with Us
We've seen COVID-19 infection curves flatten when people are conscientious about
recommended pandemic hygiene, such as social distancing and wearing a mask. As
we start to re-emerge from quarantine, it serves as a powerful example of what
can be accomplished if security and IT teams approach cyber hygiene with the
same rigor and sense of urgency. Effective cyber hygiene requires a level of
cross-team collaboration, which is rarely the norm. Here are three ways security
teams can make effective improvements while creating the common ground needed to
Seek to Understand and Empathize
Corporate IT teams remain surprisingly siloed, which makes fundamental yet
essential cyber hygiene functions such as vulnerability and patch management
difficult to do well. Reducing vulnerability-related IT risk isn't possible
without contributions from both security and IT operations teams. Teamwork is
hard, and even simple cyber hygiene workflows are easily complicated, often by
the division of labor across different teams.
Security teams are usually the ones that find vulnerabilities, while other IT
teams (mainly IT operations and DevOps teams) are the ones that fix the issues.
When those fixes don't work as planned, it can impede their ability to preserve
the availability and reliability of infrastructure. The bottom line is that
full-stack security isn't trivial and requires compromise and collaboration
across all stakeholders.
As the pandemic has reminded us, the simple act of connecting with another human
being can have a profound impact on the personal and professional resilience of
all parties. Take the initiative to reach out to colleagues on other teams.
Ask what a successful day looks like for them, about the tools they use and
love, the processes that work well and don't work at all. With normal processes
and interpersonal communications upended, now's the time for security teams to
connect with their counterparts on other teams and (re)forge the connections
that lead to productive partnerships.
Intelligent Vulnerability Remediation Goes Beyond Patch
Re-Evaluate Remediation KPIs to Ensure Relevancy
IoT security prioritization creeps to the forefront
Can robots keep the salad bar safe?
Flying High with Cannabis
As more states legalize, questions raised
over bringing marijuana across state lines
states across the U.S. are going either medical or recreational with their
cannabis laws, it can be difficult to effectively regulate cannabis with
travel amongst legal states. Recreational cannabis has been legal in places
like Colorado and California for a while now. Even with cannabis being federally
illegal at this point in time, some areas are becoming more relaxed regarding
traveling with cannabis in carry-on luggage between states that mutually
agree with cannabis legalization.
On the Los
Angeles Airport Police Department’s website, the APD stated that California
Police Officers will now allow passengers to travel through LAX with up to 28.5
grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana. Both states must have
the same legal stance on cannabis, however, passengers are still made aware that
cannabis may not be consumed while at the airport, even while in clubs or
Many people in the United States travel across state lines to reach
better health care services and rates than what is available close to home.
Along the same lines, cannabis consumers, especially patients consuming it
for an alternative medicine, want to continue to have access to their legal
cannabis. With the allowance of traveling with a small amount, this
flexibility allows for users to safely use regulated cannabis products as
opposed to black market unregulated untested cannabis products.
This case brings up the question, though: What happens if you have a
connecting flight in a state that does not allow cannabis of any kind?
Planes themselves are still subject to federal law, meaning there is still
the possibility of facing fines or detention for traveling with any THC
products. But with carry-on luggage being so easily accessible while at the
airport and in flight, monitoring personnel could have difficulty regulating
passengers traveling with cannabis. These issues, along with diversion
prevention rules in place, make this evolving issue something to watch in the
Credit Unions and Hemp: New Federal Guidance is Here!
Last week, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) issued new guidance
(“Guidance”) for federally-chartered credit unions serving the hemp industry.
All of us at Harris Bricken were excited to see the Guidance released: NCUA
retained us last fall to advise the government on this project, and we have
always represented credit union clients as to cannabis business services.
The Guidance is structured in an easily digestible Q&A format: it comes with
clarifications, assurances and no real surprises. Fundamentally, the Guidance is
“advisory and provides no new expectations or requirements for credit unions.”
At issue is the impact that hemp businesses banking may have on credit union
obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act and implementing regulations,
sometimes known as anti-money laundering legal authority (“AML”).
Read the guidance here
Arizona, Florida dispensaries remain open during summer COVID-19 spikes
Why Should You Use an Integrator Who Is Experienced in the Cannabis Industry?
Pandemic May Strain Distribution Centers
How Will COVID-19 Impact Consumer Holiday Shopping Behavior?
Solution firm Voxware says distribution centers must prepare for early
‘Tis the season to discuss potential impacts on consumer holiday shopping
behaviors, according to retail solution firm Voxware — and it appears that
gifts will be purchased mostly online, and early, due to the coronavirus
Voxware said it surveyed 500 U.S. consumers in early June to gauge how holiday
shopping may evolve due to COVID-19 concerns, and its key findings revealed that
newly emerged behaviors may strain distribution operations.
“Significant” changes such as consumers’ plans to purchase small, difficult
to “pick and pack” stocking stuffer items online, in lieu of in-store, will
challenge supply chain operations, “resulting in ill-prepared distribution
centers struggling to meet consumer expectations in what is expected to be a
make-or-break buying season,” the firm explained.
Fifty-one percent of respondents expect to begin holiday shopping earlier
than normal this year, the survey found, likely due to expectations for
slower or delayed deliveries. Unsurprisingly, most of the shopping will take
place online, with 76 percent of respondents saying they intend to purchase
more than half of their gifts online, inclusive of the aforementioned stocking
stuffers and last-minute gifts, according to 62 percent of respondents.
An internal Amazon memo shows how closely it's tracking coronavirus data at
Behind the scenes, Amazon has been closely tracking the spread of the
virus inside at least one warehouse, according to an internal memo viewed by CNN
Business. And its own data may raise new concerns about the rate of
infections in its facilities.
Amazon has previously claimed that coronavirus cases were "popping up at roughly
a rate generally just under what the actual community infection rates are,"
according to Amazon SVP of worldwide operations Dave Clark. But the internal
memo reveals the infection rate at an Amazon warehouse in Shakopee,
Minnesota, is notably higher than the surrounding communities.
Amazon driver abandons delivery van, says he quits in viral tweet
Momentum in online, app-based sales to stay for retailers
Tennessee Legislation clarifies Organized Crime Retail law:
A new law went into effect July 1 clarifying Tennessee’s ORC statute
The legislation provides that the illegal purchase of merchandise or stored
value cards may be made by physical or electronic means under Tennessee statutes
to further curtail the crime. The measure seeks to cut off the flow of funds
used in the purchase of illegal drugs through retail theft. The offense of
organized retail crime includes an individual that acts in concert with one or
more individuals to commit theft of any merchandise with a value greater than
$1,000 aggregated over a 90 day period with the intent to fraudulently return
the material to retail merchant. Expert testimony taken in the General
Assembly previously revealed that Tennessee was losing over $14 million in sales
tax dollars and retailers were losing over $200 million each year related to
return fraud. Nationwide, the loss was $12-15 billion, with almost all being
related to the illicit drug trade. Senate Bill 1943 by Briggs / Public Chapter
620 / Effective Date: July 1, 2020.
California: Proposition 20: Tougher on parole, property crimes
California voters have weighed in twice in recent years to reduce the punishment
for crimes considered by existing law to be among those less serious than
violent felonies. In 2014, Proposition 47 was passed to reduce the penalties for
some theft and drug crimes. In 2016, Proposition 57 offered a chance of parole
to some serving prison sentences for crimes that don’t fall on the state’s list
of violent crimes.
Both laws have been the subject of intense debate over whether they are the
right step toward reducing the prison population and promoting rehabilitation or
a wrong step that has led to an escalation in crime by repeat offenders.
This ballot measure would place new limits on some of the sentence reductions
included in Proposition 47 and Proposition 57. It would allow some
theft-related crimes to be charged as felonies and it would create two new
crimes: serial theft (applicable only to a select list of crimes and to
defendants who have prior convictions for certain crimes) and organized retail
theft (two or more people involved in some theft crimes within a 180-day
period). Both crimes could result in jail time.
Delaware County, PA: Pennsylvania State Police investigating $75,000 theft of
merchandise from local boutique
Houston, TX: Man faces felony theft charges for 2 Walmart thefts; 4 prior theft
charges in past 4 years
Shootings & Deaths
Durango, CO: Police shoot, kill O’Reilly’s Auto Parts burglary suspect
Durango police shot and killed a burglary suspect who opened fire on an officer
at an auto parts store. The Durango Herald reports police went to the store on
Main Street early Wednesday after being alerted by a security alarm. Police
surrounded the store before the suspect shot at an officer through the glass
front doors of the business. The officer returned fire, killing the suspect. No
officers were injured. This is the Durango Police Department’s first
officer-involved shooting since 2000.
Chico, CA: Manhunt for Armed Robbery suspect ends in deadly collision in Red
The suspect who was wanted in two armed robberies in Chico is now dead after a
high-speed chase in Red Bluff Tuesday night. 32-year-old Jacob Gabriel of Eureka
died at the hospital after the high-speed chase in downtown Red Bluff, according
to the Tehama County Sheriff's office. Just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the TCSO
attempted to stop Gabriel who was driving a silver Infiniti SUV on Highway 36 at
Antelope Blvd. However, Gabriel sped off westbound on Antelope Blvd. at speeds
reaching 110 miles per hour, deputies said. Gabriel was wanted for the robbery
at the Speedway Gas Station which occurred on Sunday. He was also wanted for an
armed robbery at the Self Help Federal Credit Union in Chico Monday. Evidence
from the armed robberies was recovered from Gabriel, according to the sheriff's
Colorado Springs, CO: Off-duty officer won't be charged in the February fatal
shooting in Carl's Jr. drive-thru
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
Wauwatosa, WI: ‘Absolutely ridiculous:’ Brookfield police release video after
arrest of 13-year-old sparks outrage online
on witness cellphone camera and seen thousands of times, a 13-year-old boy's
arrest has sparked outrage on social media. On Wednesday, July 1, Brookfield
police released body camera video they said paints a clearer picture of what
happened. Brookfield police said around 5 p.m. Tuesday, they were flagged down
near 124th Street and Capitol Drive by a loss prevention officer who offered
information and a description of two juveniles alleged to have been involved in
a retail theft there. Police said officers located the two juveniles. When an
officer approached them, the situation was calm at first, but video shows it
escalated within minutes.
Omaha, NE: Jewel thief breaks through wall
Girard, PA: 76 year old man pleads not guilty to Shoplifting (now Robbery) and
Assault on Giant Eagle store manager
Longmont, CO: Video shows man attacking employees inside Cricket Wireless
Las Cruces, NM: Camera captures violent dispute at Walgreens over coronavirus
El Paso, TX: 2 Walmart workers fired after customer is told ‘You’re in America,
Nashville, TN: Man charged with setting fire to Big Time Boots during Nashville
Auto Parts – Durango,
CO – Burglary / Suspect shot killed
C-Store - Washington
County, PA – Burglary
C-Store – San Antonio,
TX – Armed Robbery
Clothing – Delaware
County, PA -Burglary
Gas Station – Port St
Lucie, FL – Burglary
Jewelry – Omaha, NE –
Liquor – Lancaster, NY
Thrift – Mendocino
County, CA – Burglary
Restaurant – Chicago,
IL – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Cicero,
NY – Armed Robbery (Pizza Hut)
Restaurant – Chicago,
IL – Armed Robbery
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• 1 shooting
• 1 killed
• 36 robberies
• 31 burglaries
• 3 shootings
• 3 killed
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