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Anthony Rodriguez named Director of Asset Protection, Retail for Fendi
Before being named Director of Asset Protection, Retail for Fendi, Anthony spent eight years with David Yurman, most recently serving as Senior Director of Loss Prevention, Commerce & Operations for more than two years. With David Yurman, he also served as Director of Loss Prevention, Commerce and Senior Manager of Loss Prevention. Earlier in his career, he held LP/investigative roles with The Children's Place, Ann Inc., Saks Fifth Avenue, The Container Store and Bloomingdale's. Congratulations. Anthony!

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149 Fatalities – Up 49% Over 2016, Up 16% Over 2020
129 Incidents – Up 50% Over 2016, Up 12% Over 2020
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Violence, Crime & Protests

500+ Shootings, 233 Killed Over Violent Holiday Weekend
More than 230 people fatally shot in shootings over the Fourth of July weekend
At least 233 people were killed and 618 people were injured by gun violence in more than 500 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend, a 26% drop from last year's holiday weekend, according to the latest data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive.

According to data released Tuesday morning, which looks at shootings from 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, there were 314 fatal shootings with 751 injuries during the same period last year, the GVA said.

The significant drop in shootings and shooting victims comes as major cities nationwide confront a surge in violent crime.

In New York, where gun violence has been rising to levels not seen in years, there were 26 victims from 21 shootings from Friday to Sunday, a decrease from the same period last year when 30 people were shot in 25 shootings, the New York Police Department said.

So far this year, gun violence incidents in New York have spiked almost 40% over the same period in 2020, with 767 shootings and 885 victims.

In Chicago, after Police Superintendent David Brown raised concerns before the "most challenging weekend of the year" for police, 100 people were shot and 18 people were killed from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday, according to the Chicago Police Department. There were 69 shooting incidents during that period, police said.

There were the same amount of murders last year, but the number of shooting incidents and victims increased, according to data from Kellie Bartoli with the Chicago Police Department. There were 83 shooting victims and 18 murders in 47 shooting incidents from July 2-5, 2020, she told CNN in an email.

California's ORC Explosion Continues
Target, Walgreens close early due to thefts in California stores

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento report most ORC in the country

Target and Walgreens are heightening security efforts in major cities across California amid increased theft and crime, new reports suggest.

Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento are among the cities with the most organized retail crime in the country, according to the California Retailer's Association. As a result, stores have been closing early or permanently shuttering.

Target stores in San Francisco are now closing early, moving from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a Financial District store closing as early as 5p.m. on Saturday, according to hours listed on its website. Most stores open between 7 and 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Target told KPIX5 the decision to adjust its store hours in San Francisco was related to theft with a spokesperson confirming: "For more than a month, we’ve been experiencing a significant and alarming rise in theft and security incidents at our San Francisco stores, similar to reports from other retailers in the area.

"Target is engaging local law enforcement, elected officials and community partners to address our concerns. With the safety of our guests, team members and communities as our top priority, we've temporarily reduced our operating hours in six San Francisco stores."

"This has been a problem going on for years. We have been diligently trying to find solutions to this, including pending legislation to continue funding for the Organized Retail Task Force. We are trying to attack it from all different ways. Our priority is the safety of our employees and consumers. We can’t have our security guards going after this – they are not law enforcement," CRA President and CEO Rachel Michelin said in a statement.

Walgreens, as a result, has also closed several stores with some security guards reportedly told not to engage with shoplifters.

Minneapolis Protesters Warn 'Stage Two' is coming this summer to 'their lawns'
Dismayed over lack of police reforms, activists vow to protest outside lawmakers' homes

Dismayed over state's lack of reforms, activists vow "front lawn" protests.

Activists and relatives of those killed by law enforcement spent hours last week huddled inside the State Capitol rotunda, their voices reverberating as they shouted their insistence on new major police accountability reforms.

But when a late-night public safety bill vote yielded a far more modest slate of policing legislation than they sought, the group that had spent the session testifying to lawmakers and marching throughout the Twin Cities made plans to further ramp up their activism this summer. It will be, as they put it, "stage two."

"Many of these legislators are going home after this week," said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Minnesota. "What they don't realize is that they will not be going home ... peacefully because we will be coming to their homes, we will be demanding justice on their front lawns. We will be making sure they understand the pain that exists in our communities."

Protesters from across the political spectrum have made residential protests a more common but controversial tactic in the past year — ranging from demonstrations after George Floyd's death to conservative protests against Gov. Tim Walz's pandemic emergency powers.

"Reimagining Policing" Program in Boston
Boston Suspends 1,200 "Special Police" in SP Program July 1st
Special police officers augment the Boston City Police and respond to quality-of-life issues and prevent and deter crime. Since 1898 These are sworn law enforcement officers who work for both private entities and city departments such as park rangers, the Boston Public Health Commission Police, Boston Housing Authority Police, Boston Public Schools Police, Boston Municipal Protective Services (formerly Boston Municipal Police), Boston Park Rangers, Boston Code Enforcement, and Boston Transportation Department parking enforcement.

Some of the officers patrol high crime areas, housing complexes, and problem areas in the city while providing all law enforcement duties, most armed and all with arrest authority. For the most part, they have all worked well with local police, and have been credited with police call volumes and reducing crime.

But that will all end on July 1st, 2021, as part of the “Reimagining Policing.” Approx. 1,200 officers lose their police powers. But not all Special Police Officers will be affected by this ruling. Many other officers have complied with the training requirements done at the Massachusetts State Police academy and will not have their police powers canceled.

Some public city departments and hospitals might be eligible to start their own police agency and hire regular officers who have completed the 800 basic laws enforcement academy.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Nabs Arms Supplier/Buyer
Man Gets 3 Yrs 4 Months for procuring 33 pistols used in Atlanta-area crimes
Ben’Andre Javon Goolsby has been sentenced to prison for unlawfully acquiring dozens of firearms, several of which were later recovered by police at various crime scenes, a number of which were retail store crimes and robberies, in the metro-Atlanta area and beyond. “Goolsby’s illegal purchases of firearms helped fuel the violence in our community."

From October 2017 through the date of his arrest in May 2020, Ben’Andre Javon Goolsby purchased 33 pistols from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Jonesboro, Georgia.

In fact, Goolsby knew at the time of each of his many purchases that he had been indicted in Rockdale County, Georgia, for a smash-and-grab burglary and other crimes. Those charges related to a 2014 break-in at a pawn shop from which Goolsby and others stole numerous firearms.

Several of the guns that Goolsby purchased found their way into the hands of people who sought to—and did—use them unlawfully. in Decatur, police confiscated a Goolsby-purchased .40 caliber pistol from a 19-year-old suspected of robbing a jewelry store and burglarizing a dollar store and gas station. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).

159 YTD Line of Duty Deaths of Police Officer's, Down 2% from 2020
June 2021 12 Line of Duty Death's
Down 1% Over 2020. Gun: 28, Auto: 37, Heart: 7, COVID-19: 75

Rioters/Protesters Charged By DOJ

Philadelphia Man Charged with Federal Firearms Offense After Retail Pharmacy Burglary Incident During 2020 Civil Unrest

Minneapolis Man Sentenced To Prison For Arson Of St. Paul Enterprise Rent-A-Car Agency During Protests

East Longmeadow Man Convicted of Placing Firebomb at Entrance of Jewish Nursing Home During Protests April 2020

Montgomery County Defendant Charged with Possession of Molotov Cocktail December 31, 2020, vandalized the Federal Detention Center, the Robert C. Nix Federal Building, and other property in Center City Philadelphia

COVID Update

330.6M Vaccinations Given

US: 34.6M Cases - 621.3K Dead - 29.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 185M Cases - 4M Dead - 169.3M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 281  
Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 315

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Pre-Pandemic Numbers???????
July Fourth Delivers Huge Crowds, but Who’s Complaining?

Independence Day saw people across the country eager to enjoy a regular holiday weekend

This Fourth of July saw crowds across the country clamoring for a regular holiday weekend. In Southport, N.C., local businesses were so overwhelmed by lines and crowds that many vendors ran out of goods by Saturday afternoon, said Trisha Howarth, the town’s July Fourth festival co-chairwoman.

America Celebrates July Fourth

This holiday weekend is a turning point in the pandemic, with Americans getting back to live entertainment, large celebrations and fireworks extravaganzas

The busiest air travel period since the pandemic began went relatively smoothly after severe storms caused hundreds of cancellations and thousands of delays last week. The number of people passing through airports Thursday and Friday outpaced levels on the same days in 2019, a pandemic first.

The weekend’s demand stretched hotels, which face labor shortages and a demand boom. This weekend, smaller teams of housekeepers and concierge workers welcomed a near-normal flow of visitors into America’s hotels. Mr. Rogers said he expects that when numbers are released they will show that hotels were at an estimated 70% occupancy nationwide.

In some places, where there’s 100% demand, hotels are having to cut back on the number of rooms they can offer because of the labor shortage,” he said.

We're Going to Have Trouble This Winter if No More Get Vaccinated
GOP govs implore residents to overcome vaccine hesitancy as delta variant rises
GOP governors implored their residents on Sunday to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, as polling shows that vaccine hesitancy has been driven by Republicans and as the virus's new, more contagious delta variant has caused recent upticks in COVID-19 cases in areas with low vaccination rates.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed 74 percent of people who haven't been vaccinated say they probably or definitely won't get vaccinated.

Widespread Vaccination is More Critical Now
White House sending teams across US to combat spread of Delta variant
The White House is dispatching response teams to hot spots across the country where​the Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading. ​

The teams will be made up of officials from the​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Jeff Zients, the White House’s COVID senior adviser, told reporters at a news briefing.

T​he Biden administration fears that the variant could gain ground because of the country’s faltering vaccination rate and become the nation’s dominant strain.

Members of the teams will encourage vaccinations, increase testing, provide therapeutics and begin contact tracing in those areas.

Deaths, Hospitalizations Surge as Delta Variant Deals Blow to Poor Countries
Infections are surging in countries such as Indonesia, as the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic moves to the developing world.

Vaccines in use now in the West appear effective at protecting against the Delta variant.

In the U.K., the variant is dominant and has pushed reported daily cases up by 67% in the past week compared with the week before, but deaths are down 1.6%, government data shows. Israel, which has among the highest inoculation levels in the world, has reported small new outbreaks but just one fatality in the last two weeks of June, according to data from the World Health Organization.

LA County Revise Mask Order - Businesses Can Require Face Coverings
California – The Los Angeles County Public Health Officer issued a revised order allowing any business or government office open to the public to require face coverings regardless of vaccination status. The California Retailers Association is available to assist with questions.

As Delta Variant Surges in U.K., Boris Johnson Says England Will Lift Most Covid Curbs

T-Mobile stores earn health-safety certification
T-Mobile US has made health and safety a priority at its stores nationwide.

The wireless provider is the first in its category to earn the Well Health-Safety seal from the International Well Building Institute. The seal is based on a new global rating for ensuring spaces and places adhere to science-backed standards that put health and safety first.

T-Mobile achieved the rating and seal for the measures it has undertaken at more than 3,200 retail stores, 22 customer experience centers and its Bellevue and Kansas City headquarters. As part of the certification, the entrances to most T-Mobile stores will display the Well Health-Safety seal.

"T-Mobile is leading the pack as the first wireless provider to earn the Well Health-Safety rating by rapidly implementing innovative cleaning and sanitization policies, emergency preparedness programs and health resources such as access to mental health and vaccine services,” said IWBI president and CEO Rachel Hodgdon

T-Mobile earned the rating after third-party experts validated the company’s policies for keeping spaces sanitized and air-filtrated, communicating health and safety efforts, helping employees and customers prepare for possible emergencies and providing essential wellness services such as additional sick leave and vaccine.

Additionally, the Well Health-Safety rating is third-party verified by the Green Business Certification Inc.


The Big Move Back

Re-Opening Corporate America
Things Have Changed

Texas Highest Return to Work - With 49% Back
NY & San Fran the Lowest with 21% & 19%

Yes, the office is back. It just might never be the same

Workers are suddenly feeling happiness and angst; frustration and relief. Sometimes all at once.

Handshakes are back from the dead, against all odds. Hugging too. (Hope Not - my addition)

Across the country, the leaders of corporate America have begun opening their doors again at companies like Facebook, Goldman Sachs and Microsoft, bringing the country’s white collar workforce back into the skyscrapers, office parks and campuses that were long assumed to be the only way to corral them.

Companies that have begun bringing back people into their offices, even as data shows that most big commercial buildings are still well below full capacity across the country.

Most workers spoke about a strange office environment that bears little resemblance to the one they left behind — a world of complicated social interactions, lingering anxieties about masks and vaccinations, and simmering frustrations about inflexible work policies. Companies spoke about the challenge of getting a workforce that has grown accustomed to working from home fired up again about office culture.

Mask on/mask off - Requiring Vaccines - The political divide - Physical changes - New trend - Having fun yet

Editor's Note: Great article on what they're running into and what you might expect yourself.

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Return to Work Plans Could Lead to Widespread Resignations
This is going to be tricky

Leaked Apple memo tells employees that they'll be coming into the office at least 3 days a week from September
Earlier this month, the company said it would adopt a hybrid working pattern from September, provoking some employees to quit as a result.

Now, in a clip obtained by The Verge, Deirdre O'Brien, senior veep of retail and people, reiterated the same platitudes about collaboration we saw in CEO Tim Cook's all-hands memo.

From September, Apple will require all employees to be physically present at the office at least three days a week: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Other employees would be required to work from the office full time, depending on their role.

To sweeten the blow, Apple said it would allow employees to work fully remotely for two weeks each year, allowing them to temporarily relocate to be closer to family, or just to get a reprieve from the tedium and expense of commuting.

The tech world is divided about the future role of the office, with Twitter and Pinterest allowing employees to work remotely indefinitely. Others, including Google, are urging the adoption of a mixed remote/in-person approach, while Workday is calling for a return to the corporate altar.

The Case for Remote Work & The Risks
Do Chance Meetings at the Office Boost Innovation? There’s No Evidence of It.
For some, the office even stifles creativity. As the pandemic eases in the U.S., a few companies seek to reimagine what work might look like.

“Innovation isn’t always a planned activity,” said Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, about post-pandemic work. “It’s bumping into each other over the course of the day and advancing an idea you just had.” Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, said working from home “doesn’t work for spontaneous idea generation, it doesn’t work for culture.”

Yet people who study the issue say there is no evidence that working in person is essential for creativity and collaboration. It may even hurt innovation, they say, because the demand for doing office work at a prescribed time and place is a big reason the American workplace has been inhospitable for many people.

“The idea you can only be collaborative face-to-face is a bias,” he said. “And I’d ask, how much creativity and innovation have been driven out of the office because you weren’t in the insider group, you weren’t listened to, you didn’t go to the same places as the people in positions of power were gathering?”

He and others suggested reimagining the office entirely — as somewhere people go to every so often, to meet or socialize, while daily work is done remotely.

Harvard Business School Professor Opinion - The Case for Remote & The Risks: Continue Reading

Activists & lawmakers increase calls for ban on federal use of facial
recognition technology

Activists & lawmakers say a federal ban on facial recognition is more urgent than ever.

And now, they have fresh ammunition in their calls for a federal moratorium on facial recognition technology.

A new report by the Government Accountability Office, the federal government’s main watchdog, makes it all the more necessary that the technology be banned at the federal level, they argue.

At least 20 U.S. government agencies have deployed facial recognition technology since 2015, with many not knowing which systems they’re using, the nonpartisan watchdog found. The watchdog recommended that many of the agencies better track the systems and assess their risks.

The “agencies’ failures to set responsible boundaries on facial recognition use makes it even more critical that Congress step in immediately,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Some groups are going further, calling on the Biden administration to issue an outright ban on the technology from being used at the federal level.

Six agencies reported using facial recognition technology to find people suspected of breaking the law in protests and riots following the killing of George Floyd — double the number of agencies that used the technology to find participants in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

And 10 agencies reported using technology made by Clearview AI, which claims to have scraped billions of images from social media sites and elsewhere across the Internet.

Wyden, who called on Congress to pass legislation banning federal use of the technology, has introduced a bill that would stop government purchases of the technology.

Allied Universal GM Charged With Fraud Working with Highmark
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The now-former general manager of a security company that is used by Highmark is being accused of defrauding Highmark.

According to court records, Derek Dowiak of Indiana was the general manager of Allied Universal Security, the company that provides security to Highmark, allegedly defrauded Highmark for more than $50,000.

Dowiak allegedly submitted fraudulent invoices for reimbursements for buying jackets for Allied Universal Security employees.

After he was arraigned, he was released and will face a preliminary hearing on July 8.

FTC Authorizes Investigations into Key Enforcement Priorities
Agency to Focus on Mergers, Repeat Offenders, Big Tech Companies, the Healthcare Industry, Harms Against Workers and Small Businesses, COVID-19 Scams

The Federal Trade Commission voted to approve a series of resolutions authorizing investigations into key law enforcement priorities for the next decade. Specifically, the resolutions direct agency staff to use “compulsory process,” such as subpoenas, to investigate seven specific enforcement priorities. Priority targets include repeat offenders; technology companies and digital platforms; and healthcare businesses such as pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefits managers, and hospitals. The agency is also prioritizing investigations into harms against workers and small businesses, along with harms related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, at a time when merger filings are surging, the agency is ramping up enforcement against illegal mergers, both proposed and consummated.

In remarks delivered during the open meeting, Chair Lina M. Khan noted that the resolutions approved today represent an important step in rethinking the work of the FTC. Instituting new cross-agency, investigatory resolutions will promote a more holistic use of the FTC’s enforcement authorities to stop bad actors across markets.

'State of Emergency' & Business Closures Ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa
Florida braces for potentially life-threatening storm surge
Potentially life-threatening storm surge, heavy rains and damaging winds -- including possible isolated tornadoes -- are expected to impact southern Florida on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Elsa takes aim at the peninsula.

Search and rescue teams working at the site of the deadly building collapse in Surfside, Florida, are keeping an eye on the storm after its approach prompted the demolition of the remaining portion of the Champlain Towers South condo building.

Others in southern Florida are preparing by filling sand bags, opening shelters, closing businesses and schools, and activating local emergency operations centers.

Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded a state of emergency Monday to cover 26 counties. President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for the state ahead of the storm. The declaration, which began Sunday, authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in southern Florida.

Walmart To Pay $10M To Resolve Ill. Biometric Privacy Suit
Violated ILL. landmark biometric privacy law when it required workers to scan their handprints to access cash recyclers without obtaining informed consent.

Back-to-school shopping to rise 9% in 2021: KPMG

Forrester: Stores will account for 71% of all U.S. retail sales by 2024

Quarterly Results
H&M Q2 sales up 75%

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Gunshots in Broad Daylight Strike Times Square Tourist
Newly released video shows gunman firing weapon in Times Square
Police released frightening new footage early Monday of the gunman who allegedly opened fire in Times Square - striking an innocent tourist in broad daylight.

The clip shows a man in a red and black top fire off at least two rounds on the sidewalk late Sunday afternoon - as people around him scurried out of his path.

Samuel Poulin, 21, a Marine, was hit in the upper back by a ricocheting bullet just after 5:15 p.m. Sunday outside the Marriott Hotel on West 45th Street and Broadway, according to sources and the NYPD.

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Gatekeeper Systems is proud to announce the 2020 edition of our Annual Pushout Theft Snapshot is now available.

This year’s edition examines over 300 recorded pushout thefts across the United States from January to December 2020.

Highlights include a rise in pushout thefts ending in violence, ORC pushout thefts have increased and average pushout theft loss is slightly down from last year.

Click here to download your copy of the 2020 pushout theft snapshot





Russians RaaS Hit 1,500 with REvil & Want $70M
Kaseya: Up to 1,500 Organizations Hit in Ransomware Attack

Software Vendor Quiet on Whether It Might Pay for REvil's Full Decryption Tool

Software vendor Kaseya said late Monday that it believes 800 to 1,500 organizations - mostly small businesses - were compromised via the sweeping ransomware attack that exploited its VSA remote IT management software.

Up to 60 of its own customers were compromised, Kaseya said in an update posted late Monday. Those customers supply IT management services to others, which comprise the up to 1,500 organizations that it suspects will have been affected by the attack.

The numbers help put into focus the scope of the attack, which used ransomware code developed by a suspected Russian or Eastern European group called REvil, aka Sodinokibi. Kaseya says in a separate news release that the types of businesses affected include dentists' offices, small accounting offices and restaurants.

The REvil group - or attackers affiliated with it - claims to have compromised 1 million organizations. On Monday, it began offering a single, universal decryption tool - that it said would decrypt all victims' files - for $70 million in bitcoins. But cybersecurity expert Jack Cable tweeted later that day that the asking price may have already dropped to $50 million, suggesting that victims haven't been collectively rushing to pay (see: Kaseya Attack: REvil Offers $70 Million 'Universal Decryptor').

Whether Kaseya or others should pay for a universal decryptor is a tough call, says Jake Williams, who's CTO of Rendition Infosec, an Atlanta-based information security consultancy, and CTO of Dallas-based incident response firm BreachQuest.

Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola on Monday told Reuters that he has "no comment on anything to do with negotiating with terrorists in any way." A Kaseya spokeswoman tells Information Security Media Group that Kaseya has cyber insurance. Some cyber insurance policies will cover paying ransoms, but it's unclear to what extent such a policy might cover paying ransoms for Kaseya's MSP customers, or those MSP customers' clients.

Kaseya Ransomware: 'Largest Attack I've Witnessed So Far'

Mark Loman of Sophos Analyzes the Scale and Impact of the Attack Against Kaseya

Since Friday afternoon, Mark Loman of Sophos has been immersed in studying the scope and impact of the ransomware attack spread through Kaseya VSA's remote management platform. And he's learned enough about it to say without reservation: This the largest ransomware attack he's seen.

"What's unique about this attack is that the adversaries have leveraged what appears now to be a zero-day exploit to gain access to issue commands and send code to victims," says Loman, Director of Engineering at Sophos. "And what's interesting here is that the attacker did quite some research in order to attempt to bypass security controls by making sure that their payload is obfuscated, making sure that it works well, and they have extensive knowledge on how to set up their attack through the Kaseya software."

From Sophos' visibility into its own clients, it sees evidence of more than 70 managed service providers impacted, resulting in more than 350 individual companies struck. But Loman fully expects this total number to be much larger, impacting thousands of organizations throughout the world.

Kaseya Attack: REvil Offers $70 Million 'Universal Decryptor'

Yet Another Ransomware Attack Targets Managed Service Providers to Maximize Profits

The REvil ransomware operation behind the massive attack centering on Kaseya, which develops software used by managed service providers, has offered to decrypt all victims for $70 million in bitcoins.

REvil's post

"On Friday, we launched an attack on MSP providers," REvil states in a message posted on Monday to its "Happy Blog" data leak site. "More than a million systems were infected. If anyone wants to negotiate about universal decryptor - our price is $70 million in bitcoins and we will publish publicly decryptor that decrypts files of all victims, so everyone will be able to recover from attack in less than an hour. If you are interested in such deal - contact us."

Remote management software provider Kaseya has 36,000 MSP customers worldwide, and the attack, which it discovered Friday, led U.S. President Joe Biden to order the launch of a full-scale federal investigation.

Based in Dublin, with U.S. headquarters in Miami, privately held Kaseya, founded in 2000, sells IT remote management software used by hundreds of managed service providers. By attacking Kaseya, REvil was able to substitute ransomware for a legitimate software update issued by Kaseya, thus distributing crypto-locking malware not just to Kaseya's MSP customers, but potentially to all of the endpoints managed by those MSPs.

Kaseya maintains that only "a very small number of on-premises customers" - and no MSPs using its software-as-a-service product - were affected by the attack, although these MSPs could still collectively count hundreds of organizations or more as customers, and thus also potential victims.

RaaS Operation

REvil is run as a ransomware-as-a-service operation: A core operations team develops the crypto-locking malware and makes it available to affiliates. In REvil's case, the core team also runs a data leak site where affiliates can name and shame victims and leak samples of stolen data - if any data was stolen - to try and force nonpaying victims to change their mind.

Here comes a faster & more 'muscular' FTC 'Privacy Watchdog'
FTC approves streamlined rule-making process
Enabling it to more easily regulate companies for abuses such as privacy violations.

In a 3-2 vote, the agency’s commissioners voted to tweak its approach to prescribing new rules for unfair or deceptive business practices under Section 18 of the FTC Act. The changes include shifting oversight of the process from an administrative law judge to the FTC chair, eliminating a staff report on proceedings and cutting some public comment periods.

The vote was one of several party line decisions Thursday that suggest the FTC will take a more muscular approach to consumer protection under the Biden administration by probing large technology companies and other firms.

The FTC is the key regulator policing data abuses through existing consumer-protection statutes or more narrowly tailored privacy laws.

Five Arrested for Allegedly Laundering Nearly $1 Million from Business Email Compromise Fraud
San Antonio - A federal grand jury indictment unsealed today charges five individuals for laundering nearly $1 million derived from a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scheme. FBI agents and local authorities arrested the defendants without incident.

In a BEC scheme, scammers target businesses and individuals making wire transfer payments, especially those employees with access to company finances. The indictment focuses on funds largely derived from BEC schemes perpetrated against victims in Montana and Texas from October 2018 to September 2019.

Conspiracy to commit money laundering calls for up to 20 years in federal prison upon conviction.

Russian RaaS Provider & Two Russian Users Plead Guilty
Citizen of Estonia Pled Guilty Operating "Crypting" Service to Conceal Kelihos Botnet from Anti-Virus Software
At the time it was dismantled by the FBI, the Kelihos botnet was known to include at least 50,000 compromised computers around the world, including computers in Connecticut. Tsurkan provided the Crypt4U service to assist individuals who created and maintained networks of infected and compromised computers, known as “botnets.” His offense carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.

Two other co-conspirators who used Tsurkan's service, both Russian, have already pled guilty and all three are awaiting sentencing.

Senior Job Posting
VP, Cyber Crime Investigations job posted for American Express in the U.S.
As a key member of the American Express, Global Security team this position is responsible for directing worldwide cyber financial crime investigations into unlawful acts which may have been committed against our company. The incumbent assumes a leadership role in identifying global cyber threats and works closely with business partners, law enforcement, government agencies and industry partners to mitigate these threats. Some of the responsibilities associated with this role include developing proactive internal and external financial fraud deterrent initiatives and coordinating internal financial and electronic crime training programs.

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#1 - Columbus, OH is Exploding - Tampa, FL. - Savannah, GA
Here's the growth areas for the next ten years

Demand for warehouse space is skyrocketing — especially in these three markets
Increased e-commerce operations and the demand for home delivery are driving the need for expanded warehouse space across the United States.

Demand in 2021 is up by 22% year-over-year. For 2021, the firm tracked 1,800 individual tenant requirements needing over 660 million square feet of space, exceeding both 2020’s and 2019’s numbers.

“This year, logistics and parcel delivery [includes FedEx, UPS, USPS and DHL] has taken the number one spot—now making up nearly a fifth of all demand—as other industries (like traditional retailers and food and beverage) step into the home delivery game.”

Demand among mass merchandisers for warehouses will be the highest it has ever been, according to JLL’s 2021 Industrial Tenant Demand Study. There is a lot of pent-up demand in value retailers—companies like Walmart, Target, Big Lots, TJX and Costco are vying for warehouse space,” JLL stated in the report.

Three markets stood out in JLL’s analysis as see big increases in industrial demand, including Columbus, Ohio, where demand has “exploded.” Nearly half of the U.S. population is within one day’s drive time of the city. It’s more about the cost and logistical advantages of Columbus—you can reach almost half of the U.S. population within a day’s truck drive of Columbus.”

Other markets experiencing major increases include Tampa, where a tightening U.S. housing market is boosting the construction industry.

Savannah, Georgia, is also experiencing a great uptick in tenant demand, which is tied to port activity. Savannah’s demand grew by nearly 10 million square feet from 2020 to 2021

As the Southern California ports experience unprecedented congestion, port markets like Savannah (alongside Houston in the South and Oakland and the Northwest Seaport Alliance up the West Coast) are seeing a surge in Industrial demand, as tenants set up warehouse and distribution space to receive more product from more varied seaport locations,” JLL explained.

Retailers Forced to Step Up E-Commerce
The Pandemic Altered Shopping Habits Beyond Return

Not only are consumers shopping in new ways; they also have higher expectations for brick-and-mortar retailers

As online shopping exploded, giants like Amazon weren’t the only beneficiaries. Traditional retailers and grocers that had previously been e-commerce dilettantes became serious online sellers.

Big-box retailers such as Walmart, Target and Costco will become more common fixtures too. Target, for example, plans to spend roughly $4 billion in each of the next few years on new stores, remodels and other projects. Consumers turned to these retailers in record numbers last year—not only for necessities such as toilet paper and household staples, but also for discretionary items like apparel to consolidate shopping trips. Those retailers are seizing the moment to look even more like department stores. Last year, Target entered a partnership to open Ulta Beauty stores within some of its locations and signed a deal with Levi Strauss to bring the denim brand to more of its stores. Walmart got into an e-commerce partnership with secondhand-clothing seller thredUP.

The National Retail Federation now expects retail sales to grow up to 13.5% in 2021, a substantial revision from its prior forecast, delivered in February, of 6.5% growth. The pie has gotten bigger, and 2020’s retail winners will grab even more of it in the future.

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Oxy Bandits Leader Faces Life in Federal Prison
Leader of ‘Oxy Bandits’ Crew of 21 Found Guilty of Federal Charges For 15 Armed Robberies of Southern California Pharmacies
LOS ANGELES – A Lynwood man was found guilty today of federal robbery charges for organizing and leading a crew that committed 15 armed robberies of independent, “mom-and-pop” pharmacies across Southern California, with the intent of illegally selling the stolen prescription medication.

Tyrome Lewis, 26, a.k.a. “Boobie,” was found guilty of all eight felony charges he faced after a two-day bench trial in April. Lewis has been in federal custody since his arrest in July 2019.

From May 2018 to July 2019, Lewis conspired with others to commit 15 armed robberies. Lewis selected the pharmacies to be robbed, targeting smaller pharmacies to steal oxycodone and other similar prescription medication. He also assigned the roles from the crew members, and then he served as a lookout while co-conspirators committed the robberies. Following the pharmacy robberies, Lewis and others would sell the stolen prescription medication on the black market.

The court found the Lewis-led armed crew – dubbed the “Oxy Bandits” by law enforcement – robbed pharmacies in Glendale, Bellflower, Paramount, Cerritos, Hawthorne, South Los Angeles, Pico Rivera, Huntington Park, Claremont, Westminster, Fullerton, Anaheim, and Riverside.

Each of the robberies shared a common modus operandi, including targeting smaller pharmacies, placing the stolen prescription drugs into the pharmacy’s trash bags or trash cans, using a black semi-automatic handgun to threaten and intimidate store employees, and forcing employees to open the medication vault.

Through this partnership, the United States Attorney’s Office has charged 21 individuals for their roles in various pharmacy robberies. Since the investigation began in 2019, 19 individuals, including Lewis, have been convicted for their participation in pharmacy robberies, while two defendants await trial.

September 23 sentencing hearing, at which time Lewis will face a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison.

Senior Citizens - Oceans ??? - How'd they make it over the walls physically?
Contractor - Employee & Associate Pull off Two Big Heist Las Vegas Style
Jury Convicts Three Defendants Of Stealing Over $6M in Jewelry & Cash From Vault Business & Money Laundering
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Yesterday, a federal jury convicted three defendants who worked for a Las Vegas private vault business of stealing cash, jewelry, and watches from safe deposit boxes and private vaults, as well as laundering those illegal proceeds.

“Yesterday’s verdict reflects that the defendants used their inside knowledge of the business’ security measures to take advantage of victims — including victims who were reluctant to come forward even after they were stolen from,” (Editor's Note: Wonder why the victims were reluctant to come forward? Hiding something?)

2012 Robbery. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Phillip D. Hurbace (74, of Calpine, California) was a former contractor for the private vault business and Sylviane Della Whitmore (aka “Sylviane Cordova,” 69, of Las Vegas) was an employee of the business. They met and conspired to rob the business using information they knew. On April 14, 2012, conspirators entered the business through an adjoining vacant suite, restrained an employee using handcuffs and duct tape, and used the crawl space above the ceiling to pass over walls.

Once inside, conspirators drilled into safe deposit boxes and private vaults. They stole cash and personal property, including coins, jewelry, and watches. Whitmore subsequently deposited more than $250,000 of stolen money into her bank account, and Hurbace attempted to sell a stolen watch worth several hundred thousand dollars.

2014 Break In. In 2014, after the private vault business went into bankruptcy, Whitmore and Larry Anthony McDaniel (61, of Las Vegas) planned another heist. They broke into safe deposit boxes and private vaults, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Afterwards, McDaniel opened new bank accounts using nearly $700,000 in cash, and Whitmore deposited $190,000 into a trust account in her mother’s name.

Sentencing for September 28, 2021. The statutory maximum penalties faced by each defendant are: Hurbace — 50 years of imprisonment and a $750,000 fine; McDaniel — 135 years of imprisonment and a $3.5 million fine; and Whitmore — 115 years of imprisonment and a $2.75 million fine.

Editor's Note: The old crawl space above the ceiling routine. Remember always check that in the malls and strip centers. Contractors are always shortcutting that to save money.

Colorado man racked up more than $352k in fraudulent credit card purchases

At least 275 transactions were made on 19 different credit cards, according police.

Lorenzo Castaneda, 32, was arrested May 25 and faces the following charges: Theft, Three counts of criminal impersonation, Three counts of ID theft.

He's accused of targeting two northern Colorado restaurants and a California company that makes order and payment systems for the restaurant industry, LPD said.

Investigators determined that someone in northern Colorado had victimized the payment system company by processing fraudulent credit card sales through the company’s point-of-sale system.

By mid-March 2021, 275 transactions totaling just under $352,000 were processed using 19 different credit cards, according to police.

Some of the credit card thefts derived from purchases at a mobile food truck that Castaneda operated in the northern Colorado area under the name Serendipity Food Truck, according to police.

Here's a New One
Refund Gang Skips the Store & Rings Up Their Own Refunds
Fed Judge Threw the Book at Two of Them

Tehama County Woman Pleads Guilty in Refund Fraud Scheme
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sabrina Raylene Toilolo, 26, of Corning, pleaded guilty last Thursday in federal court.

According to court documents, between July 2017 and September 2019, Sabrina Toilolo, Johnathon Ward, Monica Nunes, and Talalima Toilolo conspired to defraud financial institutions using a scheme that exploited the merchant refund process used by businesses and retail establishments to refund customers for returns, reimbursements, and erroneous charges.

The defendants committed this scheme by stealing or purchasing point-of-sale (POS) terminals used by businesses to process bankcard transactions. The defendants programmed each terminal to make it appear as if it was authorized by a particular retail merchant, connected the terminals to payment processing intermediaries, and executed refund transactions even though no purchases had been made. The payment processors, falsely believing the terminals were authorized, approved the refunds and caused the merchants’ payment processors to transfer funds to the defendants’ fraudulent accounts. The defendants then drained the stolen funds from the accounts and distributed them among members of the conspiracy.

Sabrina Toilolo is scheduled to be sentenced on September 23, 2021. She faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

On April 2, Nunes was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison. On February 11, Talalima Toilolo was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Charges against Ward are pending.

Entire Fraud Gang of 7 Get Fed Prison Sentences
$1.3 Million Fraud Ringleader Gets 7 Yrs Federal Prison
PROVIDENCE, RI – The leader of a multi-state conspiracy that executed multiple schemes to defraud banks, finance companies, car dealerships, and retailers of more than $1.3 million was sentenced today to more than seven years in federal prison.

According to court documents, soon after arriving in the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2016, Octavio Andres Difo-Castro, 30, of Brooklyn, NY, began purchasing blocks of stolen identifying information of unsuspecting victims from the dark web. The identities were used to create high-quality drivers’ licenses and other documents he provided to individuals who worked at his direction to execute schemes that defrauded financial institutions and retailers.

Difo-Castro’s schemes included using the stolen identities and fraudulent documents to open bank accounts that were used to deposit and withdraw fraudulently obtained funds; to pose as both the seller and the buyer of vehicles in order to fraudulently secure bank and/or credit union financing from financial institutions in several states; and to obtain retail store credit and to make purchases at clothing and cellphone retailers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

According to court documents, banks and credit unions were defrauded of $899,866; cell phone retailers of $117,341; and clothing retailers of $14,067.

Six others have been convicted in these matters and rec'd sentences of anywhere from 39 months to 24 months.

High-profile drugstore thefts expose deep-seated issues in S.F.
You can see it playing out every day at Seventh and Market streets. Goods stolen from retail stores and cars are openly traded for cash, or turned in for dope. It’s a one-stop shop. This sketchy, mid-Market corner represents a cycle of crime that’s been going on for years. But some people may not realize how it’s all connected, contributing to some of the biggest problems facing San Francisco today. “The thefts feed the drug use, feeds the mental illness, feeds the homelessness,” said San Francisco police Sgt. Jennifer Marino, who investigates organized retail thefts. “We are in a cycle that I see happening in San Francisco, around California and around the country that is going nowhere fast.”

While the crime is hardly new, a recent viral video showing a man brazenly stealing goods from a local Walgreens has renewed attention to the chronic problem of organized retail theft in San Francisco, raising questions about what can be done to stop it. Whether the problem is getting worse is up for debate. While some retailers say their losses from theft are rising and driving a slew of drugstore closures in San Francisco, police data shows that reported shoplifting has trended down since 2018. High-profile drugstore thefts expose deep-seated issues in S.F.; ‘The systemic inequality in our society is what’s fueling Organized Retail Theft’

New York, NY: NYPD Looking For Group Suspected In $900,000 Manhattan Jewelry Heist
The NYPD is looking for three people suspected of stealing nearly a million dollars worth of jewelry. Police are trying to identify two men and a woman in connection to the alleged theft on June 19. According to police, a 60-year-old woman who had merchandise on display at the Metropolitan Pavilion was loading her car after the event. A man allegedly took a duffle bag of jewelry worth approximately $900,000 from her backseat. He left with another man and a woman in a gold and silver 2011 Subaru Forester. The other two had been watching the victim during the event, police said.

San Francisco, CA: Group dashes out of Neiman Marcus store after handbag robbery
San Francisco police are investigating a handbag robbery at a Neiman Marcus store Monday evening. Authorities said the robbery happened around 5:49 p.m. at the high-end department store located in Union Square. But by the time officers arrived the suspects were already gone. Witnesses said the ordeal happened just before the store was about to close. They said the suspects smashed display cases and snatched items from racks before fleeing. Cell phone video shows the suspects bolting out of the store right behind each other with purses in their arms. It appears the suspects fled in awaiting getaway cars. Neiman Marcus has not yet responded for comment yet about what happened.

But other retailers are reacting to similar crimes of their own. Over a span of five years, Walgreens has closed about 17 stores, specifically as a result of shoplifting. Late last week, Target announced six San Francisco stores will be limiting store hours as a result of too many shoplifters: Stores will now close at 6 p.m instead of 10 p.m.

Fencing Operation Suspect Arrested in San Jose, $100K in Stolen Bikes, Equipment Seized
A San Jose man suspected of being responsible for a major underground fencing operation was arrested and police seized stolen bicycles, construction tools and other nearly $ 100,000 items. José Guadalupe Barba, 56, was arrested on May 27 after a search warrant was issued at home, police said Monday. During the investigation, police found expensive bicycles, boxes of construction tools, retail goods that still had security sensors, and more than $ 20,000 in cash. Detectives are trying to identify the owner of the seized property. It is estimated to be worth nearly $ 100,000.

Spring Hill, TN: Police investigating $25,000 worth of merchandise stolen from AT&T store
Police are investigating after thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was stolen from an AT&T store early Friday morning. According to police, around 2:15 a.m. officers responded to an alarm call at the retail store, located on Main Street. When officers arrived, they found the front door glass shattered.

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Shootings & Deaths

Judge calls Walmart Cop Manslaughter Case a ‘battle of the experts’
Judge upholds manslaughter charge against San Leandro cop in Walmart killing

But says ‘there’s no way in the world’ a jury will convict

OAKLAND — A former San Leandro police officer will stand trial on manslaughter charges in the killing of a 33-year-old man inside a Walmart, though the Alameda County judge who issued the decision expressed doubt a jury would ever return a guilty verdict.

Ex-Ofc. Jason Fletcher charged last year in the April 2020 killing of 33-year-old Steven Taylor, whom Fletcher shot as Taylor grasped a bat a few steps away from Fletcher inside of a Walmart. Alameda County prosecutors charged Fletcher, arguing that the officer did not attempt to deescalate the confrontation before fatally shooting Taylor once in the chest, though Taylor had already been Tasered multiple times.

Body camera footage of the incident showed Fletcher shot Taylor as he slowly approached two officers, gripping an aluminum baseball bat in his hands. Police were called to the Walmart at 15555 Hesperian Boulevard in San Leandro because Taylor appeared to be shoplifting and grabbed the bat when staff confronted him, said Michael Malone, a security guard who was called as a defense witness Wednesday.

Malone said that after he warned Taylor that police were on their way, Taylor repeated, “‘I don’t give a f—‘” when and started taking “practice swings” with the bat.

“I told him the situation, you know, how things are going with Black men and police,” said Malone, who his Black, adding that he told Taylor, “‘They’re about to kill you.'” Taylor’s response, according to Malone, was, “‘I don’t care, I’ll wait for police to get here.'”

Des Peres, MO: Man charged in deadly West County Mall shooting
A suspect has been charged, accused of shooting and killing a 20-year-old man inside the West County Center in Des Peres Saturday afternoon. Jason Hill, 21, of North City, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He was arrested Sunday morning. Police said Malachi Maclin, 20, of Florissant, and Hill got into an altercation around 6:20 p.m. inside the Champs store and shots were fired. Maclin was struck and taken to a hospital where he later died. Des Peres police requested the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis to handle the investigation. Hill is being held in the St. Louis County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

High Point, NC: Man shot, killed outside Speedway; police begin homicide investigation
High Point police began a homicide investigation after a fatal shooting on Saturday, according to a High Point Police Department news release. Around 12:37 a.m., High Point officers responded to the Speedway on 801 W. Fairfield Rd. when they were told about shots being fired. As officers were responding, they were told by police communications that someone was shot outside of a store. When they arrived, officers found Walter Devon Pouncy, 38, of High Point, who was unresponsive and had been shot multiple times.

Houston, TX: Man shot to death outside NW Harris County convenience store
Deputies are searching for a group of men who are believed to have shot and killed a man early Sunday outside a northwest Harris County convenience store. It happend around 1:20 a.m. in the parking lot of the business at the corner of Tomball Parkway. Deputies were dispatched to a shooting call at the store and found the man with multiple gunshot wounds. They performed CPR on the man until medics arrived and took over, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. It began with an argument between the victim and three to four other men when one of them pulled out a handgun and began shooting, witnesses told investigators.


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Melbourne, FL: Man Whacks Elderly Lady Cashier, Stabs Home Depot Worker With Screwdriver After Attempting To Take Off With $1,500 In Merchandise
A Melbourne man has been arrested on Saturday after brutally assaulting store employees of at least two hardware establishments, even stabbing one worker using a screwdriver following his attempts to take off with thousands of dollars in merchandise without payment. Randall Keith Kearse, 50, has been apprehended Saturday for multiple robbery attempts on a string of stores in West Melbourne and Melbourne, Florida Today reported.

According to a press release from the West Melbourne Police Department, Kearse’s first attempted to rob a Walmart on Palm Bay Road on early Saturday. The suspect reportedly filled up two carts worth some $1,500 in supplies and merchandise and attempted to exit the store without paying. However, an employee blocked Kearse on his way out. After a “brief struggle over the merchandise,” the burglar callously punched the employee and immediately left the scene to escape before police were summoned.

In the melee, he did not succeed in stealing any Walmart items from his two carts. However, Kearse then bolted to the Home Depot on U.S. 192 and again picked out items he would attempt to pilfer. Upon again attempting to leave the store without paying, a Home Depot associate, who mentioned that he identified Kearse for prior attempted robberies, confronted and stopped him from fleeing with the items.

San Francisco, CA: 160 shopping carts were stolen from San Francisco Safeway
One San Francisco Safeway has resorted to moving all of its shopping carts inside the store after 160 of them were allegedly stolen in the past month, reports Hoodline. A number of customers were taken aback when they arrived at the grocery store located at 2020 Market St. ahead of the holiday weekend, only to realize that no carts were available in the outdoor bay near the entrance. “Zero shopping carts. It appears they have all been removed including the cart racks that were outside the front of the store,” read a Google review for the store posted by resident Paul Johnson on July 2. “How the hell are you supposed to purchase things like bottled water, canned sodas, beer, seltzers, or wine in the same visit?? I tried the Potrero St. and Mission st. stores too. Zero.” "They had a shipment of 160 carts last week and all of them have been taken," he wrote in a Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Facebook group, according to Hoodline. "What good is having security if they can't stop someone walking off the property with a shopping cart."

Wendy Gutshall, a spokesperson for the grocery chain, confirmed the change in shopping cart availability was an attempt to combat rising theft at the store, and that customers will be required to ask for assistance if they’d like an employee to help them take their groceries to their car. "Like other retailers, the disappearance of shopping carts is an ongoing challenge," Gutshall told Hoodline. "We continue to explore solutions to address and send additional shopping carts to the Castro Safeway store."

Raleigh, NC: Industry rallies behind Raleigh restaurant manager who was robbed, beaten
In an industry rocked by the pandemic where restaurants and restaurant workers were hit especially hard - a well-known Raleigh restaurant manager is off the job again. This time, violent robbers are to blame. Raleigh restaurant insiders will say if you've eaten out in the Triangle over the last decade -- you've probably met Justin Skinner or met a restaurant worker who knows him. He's served, tended bar at countless places, and is currently manager at City Club Raleigh. At 1 a.m. on June 19, Skinner was the victim of violent crime in downtown Raleigh. Skinner spoke to ABC11 via Facetime. He's still recovering from a broken jaw and nose suffered in the attack. Skinner says he was waiting for an Uber near the Moore Square bus station on Hargett Street when two guys beat him severely before taking his wallet.

Gillette, WY: Woman says she owns Walmart, so shoplifting isn’t theft
A California woman accused of taking more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart told police that it couldn’t be considered shoplifting because she owned the store. Police found Sina A. Dailey-Sykes, 31, outside of the Gillette store June 18 after Walmart workers had seen her walk out of the store with a cart full of items that she hadn’t paid for. Among them were a hot pink bag, a blue-striped bag and a suitcase, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Sykes admitted to police that she hadn’t paid for the items, but didn’t need to because the FBI had given her Walmart and she owned the entire contents. Inside her car, police found the suitcase and the striped bag.

They also found more than 400 other items that had been taken from the store. No receipts were found and nearly all the items still had tags on them, according to court documents. The total value of the merchandise was $5,099.23. Surveillance footage showed that she had arrived in the parking lot June 13 and had been living there for the past five days.

Teen goes viral for McDonald's nuggets hack – but is it stealing?
A teenage TikToker in the US is enjoying his 24 hours of fame after discovering a glitch in a McDonald's self-serve kiosk, tricking the machine into serving him four times the number of chicken nuggets he actually paid for. TikTok has long been a popular platform for McDonald's fanatics who have come up with all sorts of hacks, from how to customise your order to keep your fries fresh and hot. In this latest viral video, New Yorker Luke Urda hacked the McDonald's ordering machine by ordering from the $1 to $2 menu and selecting the four chicken nuggets option. When redirected to the sauce selection, the teen clicks on the "plus" sign, adding multiple packs of $1 nuggets to his order and a total of five sauces. At checkout, he proudly displays the 20 nuggets he’s scored for US$5.43, or approximately $7.20. "This is a McDonald's life hack which will change your life forever," Luke says in the video.

Evesham, NJ: Serial burglar charged with 2 C-Store smash and grabs

Cumberland County, TN: C-Store Employee pleads guilty to $60,000 lottery ticket theft


Fraud & Counterfeit

Fraud Ring Leader Pleads Guilty to $10M Phony Tech Support Fraud Scheme Exploiting 7,500 Elderly Victims
Technical Support Scheme Deceived More Than 7,500 Victims Across the United States and Canada, Many of Whom Are Elderly, into Paying for Phony Computer Repair Services

ROMANA LEYVA pled guilty today to participating in a conspiracy that for several years exploited elderly victims by remotely accessing their computers and convincing victims to pay for computer support services they did not need, and which were never actually provided.

“As she admitted today, Romana Leyva was a leader of a conspiracy that caused pop-up windows to appear on victims’ computers – pop-up windows that claimed, falsely, that a virus had infected the victims’ computers. Through this and other misrepresentations, this fraud scheme deceived thousands of victims, including some of society’s most vulnerable members, into paying a total of more than $10 million. Leyva now awaits sentencing for her crimes.” Faces 10 years in prison. As she acknowledged as part of her guilty plea, LEYVA was a leader or organizer in this conspiracy.

*This case not included in ORC quarterly totals - here for educational purposes only.

Montgomery County, TX: In the ‘Dark Side’ Counterfeit Coupon Operation, 87 people have been identified
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department in Texas revealed on Wednesday that they have made multiple arrests in connection with a coupon fraud investigation. According to police, 87 persons were involved in the scam across 23 states, and the matter is now in the hands of the FBI. Capt. Tim Holifield of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department stated his squad discovered a “Dark Side” coupon gang that offered counterfeit coupons that looked like those provided by numerous goods producers during a press conference. After one person was found as having allegedly used these counterfeit coupons to purchase $200,000 worth of merchandise in a single year, police launched an investigation in November 2020.

North Fort Myers Man Sentenced To 33 Months In Prison For Counterfeiting Federal Reserve Notes




AT&T - Spring Hill, TN – Burglary
Adult – Evansville, IN – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Morgantown, WV – Burglary
C-Store – Sa Francisco, CA – Burglary
C-Store – Denver, CO – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – McNairy County, TN – Robbery
Grocery – Fresno County, CA – Burglary
Hobby – La Grande, OR – Burglary
Home Depot – Melbourne, FL - Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Shelby, NC – Burglary
Jewelry – Hayward, CA – Robbery
Jewelry – Bethesda, MD – Armed Robbery
Jewelry – Westminster, CA – Robbery
Jewelry – Palm Coast, FL – Robbery
Jewelry – Frisco, TX – Robbery
Jewelry – Nashville, TN – Robbery
Jewelry – Chicago, IL – Robbery
Jewelry - Minnetonka, MN – Robbery
Jewelry – Culver City, CA – Robbery
Nieman Marcus – San Francisco, CA – Robbery
Pet – Chattanooga, TN – Burglary
Pet – Shenandoah, TX - Robbery
Restaurant – Raleigh, NC – Robbery
Restaurant – Morgantown, WV – Burglary (Burger King)
Restaurant – Prospect Park, NJ – Burglary
Rite Aid – Bakersfield, CA – Robbery                              

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• 17 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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