LP Industry Veteran Gabe Esposito Announces
28+ years in the business, Gabe Esposito recently announced his retirement from
Verizon, where he held many leadership roles. Gabe created and for many years
lead Verizon Wireless's (VZW) Retail Loss Prevention program covering over 1,700
stores/kiosks and its associated supply chain security efforts. Gabe and the
team evolved the program from its grass roots to a hugely successful one that
relies on data analytics, employee training, sophisticated technology and
physical and human security solutions to keep its employees and customers safe.
Gabe is a trusted advisor to senior management who also built an enterprise wide
business continuity and crisis management program. He also led Investigations,
Public Safety Outreach, Compliance, and Physical Security/Technology teams. Gabe
joined the private sector from the FBI, where he was a Special Agent.
Within the industry, Gabe is most proud of his contributions to helping the
business enhance employee and customer safety, and protect its Brand and assets.
He is also very proud to have served on the LP Executive Committee of the
National Retail Federation (NRF), and co-chairing the NRF's Organized Retail
Crime Investigators network. Outside of retail, he is most proud of his support
of the public safety community, having served on the Board of the National Law
Enforcement Officers Memorial, and helping them build their national museum in
In his spare time he serves as the VP of the West Palm Beach Chapter of the
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He plans to spend much more time with
his family traveling the country and the world.
Reflecting on the LP profession, he acknowledges what everyone who is in it
today knows; evolve in order to keep up with the ever changing challenges and
ever increasing violence. As he'd often say to his teams, it's what keeps us
The D&D Daily thanks Gabe for his many contributions to the industry and
wishes him well in this exciting next chapter of his life
ORC Leader Gabe Esposito: Building Relationships is Key to Fighting ORC
In a feature article from 2018, Gabe discussed how building relationships
is key to fighting ORC -- advice that is more timely than ever as retailers
across the U.S. fight a surge in organized theft.
Click here to read
Summer 2023 Weekend Shooting Analysis
Crime & Violence in America's Big Cities
Big City Shootings, Killings & Injuries Dropped
Throughout Summer 2023
Shootings - 447 Killed - 1,686 Injured in 15 Cities Over Last 15 Weekends
Shootings (down 11%), deaths (down 20%) and injuries
(down 10%) all declined from 2022
The D&D Daily's Big City Weekend Violence Study - Memorial Day to Labor Day
The Daily's annual study analyzed weekend
shooting data in 15 major U.S. cities from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor
Day Weekend 2023
Memorial Day Weekend, the D&D Daily compiled and analyzed
data from 15 major U.S. cities to get a snapshot of summer gun violence.
Over this past weekend, from September
1st through September 4th, there were 121
shootings recorded in these 15 big cities, resulting in
38 deaths and
In total, over the past 15 weekends, these cities have recorded 1,617 shootings, resulting in
447 deaths and 1,686 injuries.
Compared to last summer's
total shootings in these cities are down 11%,
deaths are down 20%, and injuries are down 10%.
The D&D Daily tracked this data throughout the summer to capture
the weekend violence trend in our nation's big cities as warm weather typically
brings about more crime and violence. Stayed tuned next summer as we continue to
track big city violence throughout summer 2024.
Click here to see the list of incidents per city from each weekend this
Read more coverage about America's crime and
violence surge in the section directly below
The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact
'Mayhem on Main Street': Retail Theft
'Eye-Popping' Economic Footprint of Retail
Retail theft delivers an economic blow for companies and communities
In this series, Mayhem on Main Street, the
Washington Examiner will investigate the causes behind the scourge of
shoplifting, the role of the cartels, the cost to stores big and small, and the
complicity of lax prosecutors. Part three will
focus on the economic impact. To read parts one and two,
click here and
The crime wave has hit both run-of-the-mill retailers and luxury stores alike,
and while some might claim that the individual thefts have a minimal economic
footprint, taken together, the numbers involved are eye-popping.
National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, found
that in 2021, retail shrink amounted to a whopping $94.5 billion in
To put that into perspective, that is nearly equivalent to the entire annual
budget of the state of Florida and more than the annual expenditures of some
major countries. It is also about equivalent to retail giant Target’s entire
revenue in 2022.
“It is growing. We’re seeing a lot of open and brazen acts — I’ve been at
this for over three decades, and shoplifting and professional shoplifting is not
new, but in past decades, it’s always been seen as more of an invisible crime,”
David Johnston, the National Retail Federation’s vice
president of asset protection and retail operations, told the
Johnston noted that retail theft varies in scope and scale, ranging from
opportunistic shoplifters to smash-and-grab thefts to highly organized retail
crime operations that involve transnational gangs. He said the uptick is now
across the board, regardless of product type or price point.
Beyond just the numbers, though, the crime has become increasingly more
aggressive, something that is a concern for businesses that want to keep
customers and employees safe while shopping.
Some 80% of retailers surveyed reported that violence and aggression
associated with organized retail crime increased in 2021 from the year
before. That finding is anecdotally borne out by the viral videos of brazen and
aggressive thefts in recent years.
“Now we’re starting to see these large, open, brazen acts of shoplifting,
which are causing more violence and threatening the safety and security of the
consumer as well as the employee,” Johnston said.
Both Parties Blame California's Prop 47 for
Democratic County Supervisor Condemns Ineffectual California State Laws Leading
to ‘Epidemic of Organized Retail Theft’
Democratic county supervisor David Canepa from San Mateo, Calif.,
condemned state laws that have proven ineffective in the
face of an “epidemic of organized retail theft.”
San Mateo county supervisor has become increasingly outspoken about the
shortcomings of Proposition 47 (popularly known as Prop. 47), which passed
in 2014 and made retail thefts under $950 a misdemeanor instead of a
“I had supported Proposition 47, which basically said you wouldn’t
prosecute — the crimes were much different at the level of up to $950. I thought
it was a good idea at the time because I thought, we need to give people an
opportunity, we need to give people a chance,” Canepa told the local news
“I made a mistake, it was a big mistake, and you have to acknowledge your
mistake,” the supervisor added. “By doing this, what we’ve done is we’re letting
people take thousands and thousands of dollars. And why should people be
Prop. 47 was co-written by then-San Francisco DA George Gascón who, in
2020, became the district attorney of Los Angeles. In 2018, Gascón maintained
that he was “proud” to have been a part of drafting the bill and denounced
“critics [who] have attempted to blame Prop. 47 for every social ill short of
global warming. It’s long past time to separate fact from fiction.”
While Canepa was initially sympathetic to the push to decriminalize retail
thefts, the normalization of robberies in broad daylight across the country
has changed his mind.
“We need that other tool in the toolbox which is to make policy changes so
the repeat offenders, the ones going in with this petty theft. If they’re a
habitual shoplifter, they’re going to be held accountable,” the official
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Bill Amid Retail Theft 'Epidemic'
Body Cams to Fight Retail Crime Across the
The UK's biggest grocery chain is offering body cameras to staff as it seeks to
fight the 'scourge on society' of retail crime and abuse to staff
Tesco is giving all its frontline staff the chance to wear body cameras,
The Mail on Sunday reported.
Tesco, the UK's biggest grocery chain, is giving all its frontline staff the
chance to wear body cameras in a bid to deter crime and assault on workers,
as first reported in
The Mail on Sunday.
Physical assaults on Tesco staff have increased by a
third since last year, and more than 200 workers are victims of
"serious physical assaults" each month, the publication reported.
"Crime is a scourge on society, and an insult to shoppers and retail workers,"
Tesco CEO Ken Murphy wrote in an
opinion piece for The Mail on Sunday. "It is time we put an end to it."
He said that though only a small number of customers are verbally and
physically abusive towards staff, they have a "disproportionate impact."
Over the past four years, Tesco has invested £44
million (about $55.6 million) on security measures including door access
systems, protection screens, and digital radios, Murphy said. But he
emphasized that other changes were needed to deter criminals in the first
place, including better cooperation between police and businesses. He also
demanded changes in the law, such as making abuse and violence towards
retail workers a specific offence in itself.
Other British grocery chains, including Sainsbury's,
the Co-op, and Waitrose, have also offered body cameras to staff.
Waitrose has begun offering uniformed officers free hot drinks in an attempt to
deter shoplifters, and sister company John Lewis lets uniformed officers use its
staff seating areas and bathrooms as well as its subsidized staff canteens.
Another Retailer Takes Major Hit Over Theft
Dollar General expecting $100 million loss due to theft
Retailer Dollar General is expecting major financial losses in its most
recent quarter, which it is attributing to retail
The retailer's gross profit fell 126 basis points compared to last year, which
Dollar General has attributed to "lower inventory markups and increased shrink,"
with shrink being a retail term to describe the loss of inventory through
various means, such as theft. "Markdowns and inventory damages" were also
cited as a factor in the retailer's losses.
"The shrink environment has continued to worsen,"
Kelly Dilts said Thursday during the company's second-quarter earnings call. "We
now expect approximately $100 million of additional shrink headwind since last
Dilts has warned that the retailer is expecting its pressure from retail theft
will continue and that inventory shrink will increase in the second half of
2023. However, some precautions will be taken to combat this problem, including
"reducing our inventory position" and "improving execution in our stores."
Retail theft has been a growing problem within the United States. Retail giant
Dick's Sporting Goods saw its profits plummet 23%. Due to these losses in
profits, Dick's shares fell 24%.
Retailer On the Verge of Closing Stores Amid
DC grocery store removing major name brands from beauty, health aisles to
crackdown on theft
In May, the grocery chain increased security and locked up several
A Giant grocery store in Washington D.C. is removing brands like Advil, Colgate
and Tide from their shelves in an effort to avoid shutting down due to high
rate of theft.
The grocery chain has already taken drastic steps to increase security.
Giant shoppers will also be required to show their receipts before exiting the
store, according to the Washington Post.
Giant introduced widespread changes to their stores in May by increasing
security, limiting entrances and locking down some of their products. Kress
said at the time that he's seen theft rise at least "tenfold in the last five
years" and violence increase "exponentially."
"The alternative is worse for customers," he told the Post in May. "The
last thing I want to do is close stores. But I’ve got to be able to run them
safely and profitably."
Dollar General to donate $2.5M & remodel store in wake of Jacksonville shooting
Dollar General said it will donate $2.5 million in the wake of the Jacksonville,
Florida, shooting that left three people dead at one of its stores, including
a 19-year-old employee. The company also said it plans to fully remodel the
store and then reopen it in late September or early October, saying that the
location plays an important role in "providing daily necessities" to
Jacksonville residents. The attack, which authorities called racially motivated,
occurred on August 26, when the White suspect entered the Dollar General store
and opened fire, killing Angela Carr, 52; Anolt Laguerre, Jr., 19 and Jerrald
De'Shaun Gallion, 29. The suspect then took his own life.
Laguerre, also known as AJ, was working at Dollar General "while also
pursuing his passion for video games by streaming on the side," according to
a GoFundMe organized by his brother to raise money for his funeral services.
Carr, an Uber driver, was killed while sitting in her car outside the store,
while Gallion, a restaurant manager, was shot as he entered the store, according
to the Jacksonville, Florida Times Union. All three victims were Black. The
donations will be directed to "efforts and organizations focused on healing and
hope for Jacksonville," Dollar General said in the Friday statement.
LA Times Op-Ed Column: Businesses keep complaining about shoplifting, but wage
theft is a bigger crime
On the one hand, sporadic robberies inflated by retail lobbyists and
media via eye-catching reports; on the other, the pervasive shortchanging of
hourly workers by their employers.
Estimates of the scale of both phenomena are all over the map, but run into
billions of dollars a year. Yet it’s reasonable to conclude that, in terms
of the direct impact on households, wage theft is the bigger deal.
Pleasanton council to provide direction on police use of 'situational cameras'
Organized retail theft an ongoing problem in Wichita
Zombie Amazon Fresh Stores
Amazon is reportedly getting into legal fights with landlords as 'zombie' Amazon
Fresh stores pile up
Amazon is facing lawsuits from some landlords over its proposed Amazon Fresh
is reportedly getting into
legal battles with landlords over properties where it was supposed to open
Amazon Fresh grocery stores.
The latest example is on
Long Island, just outside of New York City.
There, Amazon is set to face off in court with Salisbury Partners, the New York
Post reported on Saturday. In April 2022, Amazon signed a lease with Salisbury
for a storefront in East Meadow.
The company repeatedly met with Amazon "to make them happy for months on end,
and then in November 2022 they were
nitpicking about things like the colors and a light,"
Mark Sagliocca, whose family manages Salisbury and the property in question,
told the Post. "The more I think about it,
it was a stall tactic,"
Salisbury and Amazon are scheduled to appear in New York state supreme court in
Nassau County on Sept. 22, the Post reported. The developer sued Amazon this
past spring for
$37 million, including unpaid rent on the property. Amazon claims that it has no
obligation to pay any rent
for the proposed store, according to the Post.
In New Jersey, another landlord is suing Amazon for $10 million after it
invested in readying one of its properties for an Amazon Fresh store,
the Post reported. Amazon has also
faced lawsuits from landlords in Philadelphia and Seattle,
according to the Post.
JCPenney's $1B Turnaround Plan
Dallas, TX: JCPenney is spending $1 billion on store and online upgrades in
latest bid to revive its business
JCPenney said Thursday it plans to spend more than $1 billion by the end of 2025
a bid to revive the storied but troubled 121-year-old department store chain.
The money is going toward remodeling JCPenney stores, upgrading its online
shopping site and app, and making its supply network more efficient so that
online orders are delivered more quickly. JCPenney’s CEO Marc Rosen, who took
the company’s helm in November 2021 and has served as an executive at Levi
Strauss and Walmart, is
renewing the chain’s focus on its core middle-income shoppers with affordable
fashion and housewares.
“Now is the time more than ever to lean into that and make sure that we’re
delivering that experience for our customer,” Rosen said in an interview with
The Associated Press. That’s a change of tactics from previous management teams
that pursued wealthier shoppers with offers of trendy items and major
As part of the plans unveiled Thursday, check-out stations that had been located
throughout JCPenney's stores will be replaced with a single area of cashiers.
Shoppers will also see brighter lighting and a fresh coat of paint.
Store employees will be equipped with mobile devices to scan inventory and ring
up shoppers' purchases. And the chain is making upgrades to its Wi-Fi networks
to speed up in-store connections. But JCPenney is playing catch-up with its
competitors — from discounters to department stores like Macy’s and Walmart —
that have been upgrading their stores and online businesses, underscoring the
challenges faced by the retailer based in Plano, Texas. JCPenney, which emerged
from Chapter 11 reorganization in December 2020 with new owners, not only has
grappled with years of internal issues but also faces an uncertain economy that
has challenged healthier department stores.
Target Return Policy Goes Against the Grain
Target offers 1 year to return items from store brands
Retail experts explain the strategy behind Target's policy and what would cause
it to change.
One thing that some parents have come to love about the brand is
Target's one-year satisfaction guarantee
— an unusually generous policy in retail, especially as some retailers start to
charge for returns.
Target's policy says
most items must be returned within 90 days
and they must be in new condition or unopened. Debit- and credit-card holders
with the company's branded RedCard receive an additional 30 days.
For any of the more than 45 private-label offerings Target sells, the policy
says: "If you're not satisfied with any Target Owned Brand item,
return it within one year with a receipt for an exchange or a refund."
"Target's return policy is
extremely generous and is designed to build confidence in its own brand product
and create a strong customer-service ethos,"
Neil Saunders, GlobalData's managing director for retail, told Insider.
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Surviving Retail Cyberattacks
Cyberattack survival: Incident response planning for retail business
Primed and ready: The power of preparation
Imagine this: you're operating a bustling retail shop when suddenly, the lights
go out. However, with a backup generator at the ready, there's no need for
concern. Now, translate this scenario to your online store. It's the busiest
shopping period, your digital cart is brimming with orders, and without warning
— wham! — a cyber attack strikes. How do you ensure operations continue? This is
the magic of incident response planning
Decoding the lingo: What is an incident response plan?
In essence, an
incident response plan for cyber threats is your digital version of a power
It's your protective shield, your secret weapon when you're facing the
malevolent villains of the digital realm. This plan is the guiding light that
cuts through the turmoil of a cyber attack, showing the way to safety.
Assembling your digital defenders: Building an incident response team
Formulating an effective incident response plan is akin to assembling your
superhero squad. You need a diversified team of experts, each bringing their
unique abilities (roles) to the table. This might involve IT wizards, legal
advisers, public relations and communications specialists, and potentially
external cybersecurity consultants. Like the intricate gears of a clock,
each team member plays a crucial role in mitigating the cyber attack
and restoring stability.
The business lifeboat: Your incident response plan
An updated and rigorous incident response plan is like having a comprehensive
insurance policy. During a cyber attack, just like a natural catastrophe, every
moment counts. Every tick of the clock could result in more data being breached,
similar to how every delay in firefighting can cause increased property
a well-planned response not only saves precious time, it minimizes harm
and aids in swiftly resuming business operations.
The learning curve: Review and adapt
An effective incident response plan is not stagnant; it includes a detailed
review and learning component. Similar to how a sports team studies game replays
to identify missteps and opportunities for enhancement, this phase involves
scrutinizing the attack,
grasping its mechanics and fine-tuning the plan to better manage future threats.
Cybersecurity Execs in the 'Eye of the Needle'
SEC cyber disclosure rules put CISO liability under the spotlight
Security executives find themselves in the eye of the needle as governance and
incident response come into focus.
The long anticipated Securities and Exchange Commission rule on cyber incident
reporting took effect Tuesday,
creating significant changes at the C-suite and board level.
will reframe the role and responsibility of the CISO,
who will likely face the task of not only responding to a material incident, but
reporting that incident up the command chain and making an official regulatory
The personal and professional stakes for CISOs have never been greater. Over the
past year, the
former CSO at Uber was convicted in federal court for helping to cover up a
amid a previously launched data security probe by the Federal Trade Commission.
In June the CFO and CISO at SolarWinds were notified by the SEC that they were
under civil investigation for their role in the Sunburst malware attack.
“The CISO role has
never been easy, and it looks a lot less appealing when you add liability and
criminal responsibility to the pressure, the on-call hours and the stress,”
Ryan Witt, VP of industry solutions at Proofpoint, said via email.
Proofpoint released its annual Voice of the CISO report in May, which indicated
62% of CISOs were already concerned about potential liability
in connection with incident response and corporate governance issues.
Given the responsibilities they will face under the new SEC rules,
the level of anxiety among CISOs is on the rise.
Tension Between Security Leaders & Chief Data
Data Initiatives Force Closer Partnership Between CISOs, CDOs
Though security leaders and chief data officers both care about data management,
their different missions have created a tension that needs addressing.
Big data initiatives and the growing adoption of generative AI and other
data-driven projects are accelerating the need for
security leaders and chief data officers (CDOs) to work more collaboratively
with each other.
At a high level, both roles involve oversight over how an organization
generates, stores, uses, shares, and manages data. But while the CISO's
objective typically is to
protect it from compromise and breaches,
the CDOs is to enable access to it for a variety — and growing — number of use
cases. The different goals are
driving a growing tension between the two roles.
Point of Reckoning Close at Hand
"The point of reckoning is coming in the next few years," says Mike Scott, CISO
at data security company Immuta, whose career includes a stint as CISO of
fast-food chain Wendy's. The problems that both the CISO and CDO face are both
focused on data governance and management. The point where they diverge is the
desired outcomes, Scott says.
"Where CISOs are
worried about controlling access,"
Scott says, "CDOs are
all about enabling access
to create revenue streams for the company."
It's a point of divergence that is manifest in how the CISO/CSO and CDO have
evolved over the years in organizations. For all the talk about
the need to align security closer to business needs,
the CISO role still remains predominantly technology focused. If anything, it
appears to have become even more so in recent years.
Mandiant blends Google Cloud, AI to automate threat hunting
Google Cloud is bringing Mandiant's threat hunting
intelligence to customers' Chronicle environments and infusing Duet AI across
its security portfolio.
Hackers Target High-Privileged Okta Accounts via Help Desk
Connected cars and cybercrime: A primer
In this special Travel edition of Tom's Tek Tips, Tom
Meehan, CFI will cover essential cybersecurity and tech tips to get
the most out of your tech while staying secure amidst traveling and
the upcoming fall trade show season.
Tip #1 - Pre-Download Maps: Before traveling to an area with
uncertain internet connectivity, download maps onto your mobile
device. Services like Google Maps allow for offline navigation. This
ensures that you'll have access to directions even without a data
Watch this space every
Tuesday for more of
'Tom's Tek Tips - Travel Edition'
Fighting Online Brand Threats with New Technology
Applying AI and ML solutions to mitigate online brand threats
In today’s interconnected world, where the internet serves as the backbone of
commerce and communication, the protection of a brand is more critical and
challenging than ever before. Kirill Kukshev from Gorodissky & Partners outlines
some of the key online brand threats that companies can face, and how they can
be mitigated through smart technology.
rapid growth of e-commerce and the rise of social media platforms
have created a vast digital landscape where brands interact with consumers.
While this provides businesses with unprecedented opportunities for growth and
engagement, it also exposes them to numerous risks.
Some of the main issues and
threats that can seriously affect a brand include: counterfeit goods, parallel
import, brand abuse, unauthorized online sales, piracy, and phishing.
Fraudulent actions could occur in every product market, from pharmaceutical
products to software. Cheaters deceive customers by
creating fake websites, duplicating social media accounts, and selling
counterfeits on marketplaces.
Another widely used method of online fraud is
So-called entrepreneurs register domains containing the name of brands,
geographical objects, and other popular, recognizable things to resell them
later or to create fake websites and
lead the customers astray with a view to selling counterfeit products.
Cybersquatting cases have increased dramatically in recent years.
Even worse, frauds may
target to steal customers’ personal and financial information by creating
phishing sites and sending spam emails.
As a result, brands are expected to safeguard their online presence and
channels. This is where technologies such as
artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can provide guidance.
Progressive AI and ML based online brand protection solutions
monitor millions of resources, including domain name databases, aggregators,
marketplaces, social media, search engines, phishing resources, web services,
mobile app stores, paid ads, messengers, live streaming services, and others.
Such information is being collected and analyzed using AI and ML. The user
uploads keywords, logos, videos, and audio files of the rights holder. It could
also be possible to upload SKUs. Uploading whitelists of authorized goods,
authorized dealers, and stores
allows the system to detect infringements more precisely and classify them
depending on the nature of the violation: fraud, brand misuse, piracy or
The Amazon Slowdown Continues
Amazon lots in east Vancouver remain empty
cancels industrial building plans nationwide
east Vancouver lots owned by e-commerce giant Amazon
sit largely empty
at present, as the company has either
closed or canceled plans to build nearly 100 industrial
Two years ago, when Amazon bought the properties, the COVID-19 pandemic had
driven a surge in e-commerce sales. The company reported a record $14.3 billion
in net income at the beginning of 2022. By the end of last summer,
Amazon took a $2 billion net loss.
Amazon’s chief financial officer told reporters last year
the company was stuck with “too much space.”
The company acquired thousands of acres of land during the pandemic when people
were flocking to e-commerce websites to shop.
Since then, the company reportedly began subletting warehouse space and
renegotiating leases. A survey from MWPVL International, a logistics consultant
that tracks Amazon, estimated the Seattle-based company closed or canceled 99
industrial facilities in 30 states.
MWPVL says it expects “similar
cutbacks will take place in the rest of the world” in 2023.
Amazon-related retailer files surprise Chapter 11 bankruptcy
$200K Theft Scheme Targeting Bay Area Retailers
Almost $200K in stolen items from Lululemon, Victoria’s Secret, other Bay Area
Contra Costa County man was arrested last week for his alleged role in
a retail theft scheme that pocketed thousands of dollars of merchandise from Bay
Area retailers, the
California Highway Patrol announced.
Investigators with CHP’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force recovered around
$190,000 worth of stolen merchandise from retailers that included Lululemon,
CVS, Walgreens, Target, Rite Aid, Express, TJX, Ross and Victoria’s Secret
at a house in El Sobrante on Thursday, CHP Golden Gate said in a statement
following the bust. Officials also seized roughly $24,000 in cash.
Ngoc Bui Bach, 52, was arrested and booked at the Contra Costa County jail on
organized retail crime, grand theft and possession of stolen property,
officials said. The arrest comes after a month-long investigation into the
alleged illegal fencing operation, CHP said.
Investigators obtained a warrant to search the home after receiving a tip
alleging that the
stolen merchandise was being stored at the home before being sold at various
Philadelphia, PA: Two arrested after $29k theft from King of Prussia Gucci store
have arrested two men accused of stealing nearly $30k in high-end merchandise
from a Pennsylvania shopping mall late last month. Nathan Thomas, 30, and his
accomplice were taken into custody last Thursday for an alleged robbery of the
Gucci store at the King of Prussia Mall over a week earlier. Investigators say
on Aug. 21 Thomas and the unnamed man wore surgical masks and "forcibly removed"
purses from their security cables just after the store opened. The pair stole an
estimated $29k in merchandise and fled to a car waiting outside the mall before
police arrived. Investigators later found the alleged getaway car in
Philadelphia's Brewerytown neighborhood. Police say they tracked down Thomas
after reviewing "numerous hours of video" and his accomplice, who has not been
pubically identified, was arrested a short time later. The Upper Merion Police
Department is still searching for Thomas's alleged co-conspirator in the heist.
San Francisco, CA: Police Find $19,500 Of Property From Pleasanton Mass Retail
An estimated $19,500 in merchandise stolen in a mass retail theft in Pleasanton
turned up in a double-parked car in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, San
Francisco police said Friday, Sept. 1. A passenger in the car fled from police,
but the driver, 20-year-old Angelleak Duncan of Oakland, was taken into custody
on suspicion of receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools and
parking violations, police said. The arrest took place about 5:15 p.m., Aug. 25,
in the 600 block of Polk Street near Eddy Street, when officers contacted the
driver about the parking violations and arranged for the vehicle to be towed,
police said. "While conducting an inventory search of the vehicle for the tow,
officers found several bags of suspected stolen property inside of the vehicle,"
police said in a statement. "Officers discovered that the property had been
stolen in a mass retail theft incident, where multiple subjects ran into a
retail store and stole a large amount of merchandise, that had occurred earlier
in the day in Pleasanton."
Thieves steal nearly $10K worth of goods in California in incidents at Home
Depot and Nordstrom
Thieves stole nearly $10,000 worth of goods from Home Depot and Nordstrom in two
separate incidents in California this week. A large group of brazen men ran into
a Home Depot in Signal Hill on Aug. 27, filling two shopping carts with $5,000
worth of power tools as shocked employees and customers looked on. In a video of
the Home Depot theft uploaded to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, the
seven men – seen wearing black and gray hoodies – hurriedly rushed to leave the
store with their goodies. They pushed two carts out the doors, as well as,
carried as much as they could in their arms while at least four store employees
watched. The Signal Hill Police Department responded to the incident, according
to a report. A day later, a couple was seen sprinting out of an Irvine Nordstrom
with armfuls of clothing. After leaving the store, they were spotted on
surveillance running up to their Kia Forte, according to a video released by the
Irvine Police Department.
San Carlos, CA: 2 suspected of stealing $7,000 in makeup from CVS stores
women arrested in San Carlos on Labor Day are suspected of stealing thousands of
dollars in makeup from CVS stores on the Peninsula, San Mateo County sheriff's
deputies said. Around 7 p.m. on Monday, deputies were called to the CVS store at
1324 San Carlos Avenue after two people were seen shoplifting makeup. The
suspects left the scene in a black Mercedes-Benz four door. Deputies soon
located the Mercedes and conducted a traffic stop. Both people inside the
vehicle were positively identified by witnesses as the shoplifting suspects.
Deputies said stolen makeup worth thousands of dollars was seized from CVS
stores in San Mateo County and the East Bay. Two people suspected in the thefts
were arrested on September 4, 2023.
A search of the vehicle yielded more than $1,000 in makeup stolen from the San
Carlos store, along with $5,000 to $6,000 in makeup from other CVS stores in San
Mateo County and the East Bay,
according to the sheriff's office. The suspects, identified as 22-year-old Hajar
Soumbati of San Francisco and 19-year-old Marwa Abdalla of San Francisco, were
arrested without incident.
San Francisco, CA: 2 arrested for string of retail thefts at CVS stores in San
Mateo County, East Bay
Two San Francisco residents were arrested on Monday following an organized
retail theft at a CVS store in San Carlos, according to the San Mateo County
Sheriff’s Office. Just after 7 p.m., deputies responded to a report of suspects
who were shoplifting makeup from a CVS store on San Carlos Avenue and fled in a
black Mercedes. The car was eventually located by deputies and the suspects were
positively identified by witnesses, police said. Deputies searched the suspects’
car and found stolen makeup from the CVS store in San Carlos that was estimated
Los Angeles, CA: $198,000 in stolen items recovered in retail theft ‘fence’ raid
in downtown LA, 2 arrested
Los Angeles, CA: Thieves steal more than $8,000 in merchandise from Highland
Park smoke shop
Victorville, CA: Accused retail thieves steal $2000 of merchandise from Party
American Canyon, CA: Organized Retail Theft Duo Caught Red-Handed at Walgreens
Shootings & Deaths
Dallas, TX: Police looking for info after Security Guard killed outside check
Dallas police are hoping for someone to come forward with information after
releasing photos of two suspects in the shooting death of an armored car guard.
Police released still images from surveillance camera video over the weekend,
but they are not yet showing the entire video. "From what I've seen thus far
this was just a straight ambush," said Dallas Police detective Reginald Woods.
The robbery and murder of Gardaworld security officer David Ruback happened
Friday morning outside Big Jim's Check Cashing Store on Carroll Avenue. "While
he's at the back door the car shoots in," said Det. Woods. The 52-year-old
Ruback was at the back of the armored van. "As my complainant is getting out to
walk towards the door he notices something isn't right, and he tries to escape
to the front door and that's when he's met with a barrage of gunfire," Woods
said. The suspect with an AR-15-style rifle is caught on camera. "He had a mask
on," said Det. Woods. "He was masked up pretty good, and he had body armor on as
well." Detective Woods says that the suspect is wearing what a person in
military or law enforcement would call a plate carrier.
Austin, TX: 2 dead, 1 critically hurt in shooting at The Arboretum shopping
One person was killed and another was shot and critically wounded in a shooting
at an Austin, Texas, shopping center Thursday, police said. The gunman was also
found dead, Interim Police Chief Robin Henderson said. “At this time, the
relationship between the suspect and the victims are unknown,” Henderson told
reporters after the incident that unfolded around 5 p.m. The shooting happened
in the area of an outdoor shopping center, The Arboretum, police said. The first
911 call of a shooting came in at 5 p.m., Henderson said, and as officers were
responding there was information that multiple shots had been fired. Initially
police believed there may be an active shooter, and called out its "counter
assault strike team," and searched the areas for explosive devices because
witnesses reported hearing explosions, Henderson said. None were found.
Rockingham County, NC: 18-year-old 'accidentally' killed in Mayodan Food Lion
An 18-year-old is dead after being accidentally shot in a Food Lion parking lot
Sunday night, police say. Officers said they responded to the Food Lion on
Burton Street in Mayodan Sunday around 6:19 p.m. when they found Chandler Wayne
Bullins shot to death in the parking lot. Officers said Bullins was lying in the
parking lot, suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Bullins was
taken to a nearby hospital where he later died from his injuries. The Mayodan
Police Department is working with Rockingham County District Attorney Jason
Ramey, who will be reviewing the case once it is completed, according to
investigators. This investigation is ongoing.
New Castle, DE: Del. officials name man killed by police behind New Castle
The Delaware State Police have identified the man that troopers shot and killed
behind a hardware store in New Castle on Thursday, Aug. 31 as an individual who,
officials claim, had multiple warrants out for his arrest and had a history of
evading arrest. On Sunday, officials identified the slain man as Tremaine
Jackson, 28, of Wilmington, Delaware. Jackson was killed by police after
troopers attempted to arrest him when he was, allegedly, caught shoplifting from
a Lowe’s hardware store, located at 2225 Hessler Boulevard in New Castle.
Indianapolis, IN: Family questioning felony murder charge for man connected to
double homicide at BP gas station near Marian University
Damarius Coffy’s family told FOX59 and CBS4 that he had driven his brother, his
cousin and his cousin’s 1-year-old son to a BP convenience store at 2950 Cold
Spring Road Saturday night when the cousin exchanged words with a man inside the
store. The family said that, as the Coffy brothers were driving away, the cousin
demanded to be let out of the vehicle and began walking back to the convenience
store, armed with his own gun. By the time the Coffy brothers pulled a U turn to
return to the store and became stuck at a stoplight, there was gunfire in the
parking lot. Seconds later, the brothers spotted the body of their cousin and
another man on the asphalt. The other man’s girlfriend was armed with a gun, and
police recovered two firearms at the scene. Now, two 23-year-old men are dead,
and the girlfriend who admitted she pulled a trigger and shot the cousin was
questioned and released. IMPD homicide detectives have lodged a preliminary
charge of Felony Murder against Coffy with Robbery listed as the underlying
factor to the charge.
Monroe, MI: 'They're not strangers': 1 dead after carjacking outside Monroe
Two regular customers of a Monroe store were shot, one fatally, during a
carjacking outside the business over the weekend. The suspects first robbed the
clerk of Highlander Market at gunpoint Saturday afternoon before going outside
and carjacking two men. The suspects shot both men at close range before fleeing
in the victims' vehicle, police said. One of the men, 31-year-old Michael Beck
Jr., died. The other victim, 34-year-old Adam Helton, remains hospitalized.
"Customers are shocked too because it's never happened in this area," store
owner Udana Seneviratne said. The suspects were arrested hours later on I-75 in
Ohio after a high-speed chase and a shootout with police.
Robeson County, NC: Shooting at local Grocery store leads to standoff
Robeson County deputies are currently at the scene of a standoff in the Pembroke
area. Authorities said it started around 3:15 p.m. when deputies were called to
reports of people being shot at Kalee’s 74 Supermarket on Highway 74 West in
Rowland. Before deputies arrived at the scene, the two victims were taken to
Pembroke Rescue Squad Base. The victims were then taken to the hospital for
treatment. Their conditions have not been released at this time. The search for
the suspected gunmen led deputies to a home on Shawn F. Road in Pembroke. The
Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Negotiation and SWAT Divisions are currently at
the home. The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations and Crime
Scene Divisions are also investigating the case.
Columbia, SC: Two injured in shooting at local Food Lion, deputies say
Two people have been injured in a shooting at a Columbia grocery store,
according to Richland County deputies. Deputies say they were dispatched to Food
Lion at 4700 block of Hard Scrabble Rd around 7 p.m. after reports of a shooting
at the store. Upon their arrival, deputies say they were informed that at least
two people were injured and transported to the hospital. No additional
information was immediately available.
Little Rock, AR: One person hurt in convenience store shooting
One person was wounded in a shooting Monday afternoon at a South Woodrow Street
convenience store, a Little Rock police spokesman said. Authorities did not
think the victim’s wounds were life-threatening, police spokesman Mark Edwards
said, but he had few details on the shooting, which happened outside the Golden
Foods convenience store. Edwards was not able to give any details on the victim.
Around 6 p.m., crime scene investigators could be seen photographing the scene
and cataloging potential evidence, but police had left the area by 6:30 p.m.
Entries in the city’s dispatch log show a report of a robbery alarm at the
address at 4:21 p.m. and a report of a shooting just occurred at the location at
Baltimore, MD: Officer shoots at fleeing shoplifter's vehicle in Southwest
Baltimore police have arrested Alex Husson, 33, after he allegedly struck two
officers with his car in Southwest Baltimore. Around 11:19 a.m., in the 3600
block of Wilkens Avenue, police were investigating reports of a burglary in the
area when they saw Husson stealing from the 7-Eleven. Police say as they
attempted to stop Husson, he got in his car and drove off. As a result, Husson
struck two officers with his SUV. Another officer then fired his gun at Husson's
vehicle. Husson was neither shot nor injured during these events. Both officers
were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Husson will be taken to Central
Booking Intake Facility, where he will be formally charged.
Houston, TX: Man sentenced to life for fatal 2016 convenience store robbery
Incidents & Thefts
Memphis, TN: Bulletproof vest protects officer from knife attack outside Gas
Police say a man tried to stab a Memphis police officer with a fixed-blade knife
outside a Frayser gas station Sunday afternoon. MPD said the female officer had
just removed Sedrick Steele from the EZ Express store on Dellwood when he threw
the officer against the storefront window and pulled out a knife. Police said in
the store’s surveillance window, you can see Steele take the knife from his
right pocket and attempt to stab the officer three times but could not get
through the officer’s bulletproof vest. They said the video also showed Steele
putting the knife back in his pocket before other officers arrived on the scene
to help take him into custody. Someone inside the store called police and said
Steele was threatening him with guns, knives, and a hand grenade. Officers said
Steele was carrying three knives, two with fixed blades and one folding knife.
They did find any other weapons on him. James Goodman visits EZ Express on
Dellwood Avenue a few times a week. Like many others at the store, Goodman is
relieved no one was seriously hurt.
Indianapolis, IN: Suspected Burglar who allegedly stabbed an Indianapolis police
dog is shot by officers
The dog, named Ringo, underwent surgery for three stab wounds Saturday morning
and was in stable condition, WXIN-TV reported. The suspect also was in stable
condition. According to police, officers responded to a report of a break-in at
Greene’s Auto and Truck Service just before 8 p.m. Friday. Officers found the
suspect near the business’ front desk. The suspect refused commands to
surrender. Ringo engaged the suspect, who then stabbed the dog. It's unclear how
many officers opened fire but the suspect was hit at least once. The
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's internal affairs unit has opened
an investigation into the shooting. Officers who fired their weapons have been
placed on administrative leave.
Pomona, CA: Street vendor, mother punched by security guard outside Pomona strip
mall, sparking protests
A fight between a security guard and a street vendor caught on camera outside a
Pomona strip mall triggered a protest outside the mall over the weekend. Pomona
police are now investigating the altercation. Vendors told FOX 11 they were
setting up on the same sidewalk they've been using for years, on the side of the
strip mall off Holt Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard, facing the El Super
Grocery Store, when a strip mall security guard aggressively approached them.
Jonathan, one of the vendors, took out his phone and started recording the
interaction. In the clip, the security guard said there was an issue with one of
the canopies the vendors wore using, and that it was on the dirt off the
sidewalk. Jonathan said he was willing to move it, but the confrontation quickly
turned ugly. Witnesses said the strip mall security guard punched a street
vendor and her son outside the store, and when a bystander intervened, he
allegedly pulled out a gun. Pomona police responded, and were recorded by
vendors as the officers say that, even though they had seen what happened on the
video, that if they had to go talk to the security guard, they would also, most
likely, end up citing the vendors as well, which scared them enough to not
proceed with a police report.
Lacey, WA: T-Mobile store smash-and-grab resembles similar robberies across
region says police
Police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary after an alarm was activated
Saturday morning at a T-Mobile store in Lacey. According to police, a vehicle
backed into the store twice and smashed the front doors just before 3 a.m. The
suspects entered the business, stole items, and took off in the vehicle from the
store that is located at 612 Sleater Kinney Rd NE Police say that this type of
burglary mirrors other similar crimes that have been happening across the region
lately. Officials cleared the scene by 3 a.m. after looking for the suspects
involved in the burglary.
Charlotte, NC: Robbery suspect holds workers at gunpoint, steals $30,000 from
north Charlotte restaurant
Auto – Indianapolis,
IN – Burglary
C-Store- Little Rock,
AR – Armed Robbery
C-Store- Akron, OH –
Cellphone – Lacey, WA
Clothing – Atlanta, GA
CVS – Suffolk County,
NY – Robbery
CVS – Essex County, NJ
Winston-Salem, NC – Armed Robbery
Gas Station – West
Hempstead, NY – Robbery
Hardware – Los
Angeles, CA - Robbery
Jewelry – El Monte, CA
Jewelry – Peabody, MA – Robbery
Jewelry – Tulsa, OK – Robbery
Jewelry – Atlanta, GA – Robbery
Jewelry – Goodlettsville, Robbery
Jewelry – Smithfield, NC – Burglary
Jewelry – Hayward, CA – Burglary
Jewelry – Tucson AZ – Robbery
Jewelry – Ft Smith, AR – Robbery
Jewelry – Montebello, CA – Robbery
Liquor – Calabasas, CA
Marijuana – Detroit,
MI – Burglary
Nordstrom – Irvine, CA
Charlotte, NC – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Macon, GA
– Armed Robbery (Burger King)
Restaurant – Franklin
County, PA – Robbery (Taco Bell)
Restaurant – Rayne, LA
– Armed Robbery
Sports – Janesville,
WI - Robbery
Tobacco - Myrtle
Beach, SC – Armed Robbery
Tobacco - San Jose, CA
Vape – Los Angeles, CA
Walgreens – American
Canyon, CA – Robbery
• 24 robberies
• 8 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
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