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The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Another Organization Calls on Congress to Pass ORC Legislation
Small Retailers Report Increases in Retail Theft, Raise Prices to Offset Loses
Over half (56%) of small businesses in the retail sector say they have been victims of shoplifting in the past year, according to a new survey released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Fifty percent of small retailers say the issue has gotten worse over the past year, and 46% of them have been forced to increase their prices over the past year as a result of shoplifting.

“Retail theft is not a victimless crime, and its increasing prevalence means greater danger for store employees and higher costs for law-abiding Americans. Store owners are not only confronted with traditional shoplifting, but increasingly with highly organized criminal gangs who seek to profit by taking advantage of gaps in the law. To better protect businesses, employees, and customers from falling victim to organized retail theft, it is incumbent upon lawmakers to make changes, including passing legislation to stop the sale of stolen goods on online marketplaces, updating the definition of organized retail crime, and increasing criminal penalties, and prosecuting these criminals for their actions,” said Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Organized retail theft rates have spiked significantly in the past year, affecting communities across the nation. This theft is perpetrated by organized criminal rings that steal large amounts of goods with the intent to resell them, particularly online. These groups are taking advantage of state laws regarding the levels of theft that will be prosecuted, which in many cases allow their members to avoid any prosecution altogether. These laws allow criminal rings to operate with impunity across county and state lines, hitting store after store and accumulating massive quantities of stolen goods.

To combat rising retail theft, the Chamber has urged Congress to pass legislation to provide more transparency in online marketplaces by requiring sellers of large quantities of goods to provide basic, “know your seller” information. The Chamber has also urged state and local governments to prosecute these theft rings and enact policy changes that would help law enforcement and prosecutors arrest and prosecute these criminals.

Dems Look To Shake the "Defund the Police" Label
House passes four policing bills despite Democratic division
The House on Thursday moved four policing and public safety bills over the finish line after last-minute opposition from the “Squad” almost tanked the package, capping off months of negotiations between progressive and moderate Democrats.

A broad bipartisan majority voted, 360 to 64, in favor of the centerpiece of the four-bill package, called the Invest to Protect Act, which would give $60,000,000 a year for five years to local police departments. The funds could be used for purchasing body cameras and conducting de-escalation training, as well as other activities.

The votes, all of which were bipartisan, came after members of the progressive “Squad” threatened to bring down a procedural vote to advance the legislation over concerns of a lack of accountability measures in the legislation, and opposition to the fast-track process used to consider two of the four bills.

The bills now head to the Senate, though they are not high on the priority list. Even if they were brought up for consideration in the upper chamber, it is unlikely 10 Republicans would come on board to break a filibuster.

One, sponsored by Gottheimer, would provide federal grants to small local law enforcement agencies with fewer than 200 officers.

Another proposal, sponsored by Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.), provides grants aimed at reining in community violence.

A third bill, sponsored by Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), promotes the use of mental health workers, in lieu of law enforcement officers, in responding to incidents involving people with special behavioral needs.

The fourth, sponsored by Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), provides funding to promote technology in helping local investigators crack unsolved cases, particularly those involving gun violence.

What Happens After a Few Mental Health Workers Get Killed Responding
Across the country we're starting to see mental health workers responding to incidents in lieu of police and obviously the benefits and value, especially for the citizen, are a great first step in hopefully redefining the response model. But long term, it may be fraught with challenges in itself.

First, the obvious: what happens after a few mental health workers are killed? Let's hope not. But reality is the odds speak for themselves. How do the cities and politicians respond? And let's hope it doesn't happen in a store response of some sort.

Then there's the costs involved. From training to travel expenses and staffing issues. So while this effort may be successful in a large percentage of cases, it's not a quick fix and once the reality of what LE deals with on a daily basis and if a few get killed, it may not be a long term solution. Just my thoughts. Hope I'm wrong. -Gus Downing

'Property Crimes Particularly Are Rising' - Topping the List
Murders are declining, but other crimes are still disrupting American life.

A shift in crime

For the last two years, murders and shootings increased in the U.S., while many other types of crime remained flat or fell. So far in 2022, the trends have reversed.

It’s a confusing combination. The worst forms of crime have been moving in a different direction from other forms of crime. Both developments have big implications for everyday life: The decline in murder is saving lives, but the rise of street crime has created widespread anxiety and problems in many parts of the U.S.

First, the good news: Murders in major cities have fallen by 4 percent so far in 2022, compared with the same period in 2021. Shootings nationwide have fallen 2 percent. The decreases are not enough to undo the large increases in 2020 and 2021; the murder rate is still 30 percent above its 2019 level.

But there’s also bad news in the recent trends: Many other types of crime, particularly property offenses, are rising. Thefts and robberies in major cities increased by around 20% in the first half of 2022, after falling or plateauing the previous two years, the Council on Criminal Justice found.

How can inflation lead to more crime? For one, there is a direct link: People might try to get around higher prices by stealing. But a bigger dynamic is also at play, Rosenfeld said: Higher prices can push people to seek cheaper — and potentially stolen — goods at gray markets, such as pawn shops. These purchases effectively boost demand for stolen goods, enticing more thieves and robbers.

All of this can eventually lead to more serious crimes, too. Robberies sometimes escalate into murders. Disputes at markets for stolen goods can turn violent. Social discord likely fueled the recent spike in shootings.

Criminal Reoffending Surged After Bail Reform
Yes, New York’s Bail Reform Has Increased Crime
On Wednesday, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) quietly dropped a bombshell. For months, the state has avoided releasing much-needed data on individuals who were arraigned in New York before lawmakers passed bail reform. But newly available data confirm what critics have long argued: bail reform was followed by a significant increase in criminal reoffending.

The new supplemental data contain arraignments going back to the beginning of 2019—an additional 200,000 cases—with reliable rearrest information through September 2021. The data are imperfect: most notably, superior courts enter the data set slowly. But they provide the first comprehensive picture of bail reform’s effects.

What the data shows is that in the post-bail-reform period, judges were less likely to set bail, and more likely either to release offenders on their own recognizance (ROR in the chart), or release them under restrictions.

There’s a lot to the data, but the basic takeaway is that rearrest rose after bail reform. Using the constant window, the increase is on the order of 3 to 5 percentage points. But that window necessarily undercounts rearrests.

Perhaps the most suggestive comparison is “ever” rearrest rates in 2020 versus 2019, as graphed below, with the 2020 rates more than 7 percentage points higher than the 2019 rates (with a one-year-less time to reoffend) overall. In other words, offenders arraigned in 2020 were significantly more likely to get rearrested than those arraigned in 2019, even given that more time has elapsed since the 2019 arraignments. It is quite probable, given the much shorter time since most 2021 arraignments, that the “ever” figures will rise to the 2020 level in time.

This effect is driven by a rise in reoffending outside of New York City, particularly upstate. Again, the 2020 versus 2019 “ever rearrested” comparison is instructive. If we assume that 2021 rates will converge to 2020 rates in time, then we can expect a durable increase of between 5 and 9 percentage points in reoffending within regions. Even using the 180-day figures, offending has risen 4 percentage points upstate and spiked significantly upstate and in the suburbs.

Safety is the TOP Priority in Minneapolis
Shootings, carjackings & violent crimes are up

Mayor, law enforcement partner on new initiative to curb violent crime in Minneapolis
Calling public safety "the paramount issue" in Minneapolis now, Mayor Frey outlined a plan "Operation Endeavor" that will use data to more efficiently deploy the city's depleted resources into high-crime areas as part of a partnership of police, prosecutors and violence interrupters.

Although he offered few specifics, Frey said the strategy will focus on greater day-to-day partnerships among disparate city, county, state and federal agencies that will allow a more nimble approach with police staffing down. He said the multi-jurisdictional strategy will begin downtown and ripple throughout the city and nearby communities and that he will present progress reports and regular updates.

Trained violence interrupters will also be deployed to de-escalate and canvass in these areas, and other city staff will work with victims, said Jen White, community and interagency engagement manager for the city.

The Minneapolis Police Department is down more than 300 officers from two years ago and the city is rolling out a $1.2 million campaign to recruit officers.

Earlier this year, Minnesota U.S. Attorney Luger announced he'd instructed all criminal prosecutors in his office to help crack down on violent crime, with an emphasis on indicting traffickers of illegal guns, gang members and car thieves.

Is National Trend Impacting the Increasing Violence in Retailers?
Gunplay: Number of teenage shooters, victims in NYC triples in disturbing trend
New three-page data analysis prepared by the New York Police Department shows the share of teenagers injured or killed in shootings has also exploded over the five-year period.

The increase outpaces the overall rise in gun violence, which has nearly doubled in 2022 when compared to 2017. The average age children first pick up an illegal gun has dropped from an average of 16 or 17 to just 12 or 13 years old. The NYPD report also found that recidivism among teenagers has dramatically increased over the five-year period.

We need to get ahead of it. It is a national trend but that doesn’t mitigate it. It is crystal clear we are failing our kids,” said Richard Aborn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission.

Researchers Say Curfews Might Have Opposite Effect
Debate Over Enforced Curfew for Teens Spreads Nationwide
In response to a spike in violent crime among teenagers, authorities around the country have been imposing curfews, with places like Chicago actually expanding youth curfew laws and increasing police enforcement of them.

Researchers say that there is no evidence that curfews reduce crime, while community leaders worry that increasing police contact with teens from disadvantaged communities, especially Black teens, could lead to further criminalization, more arrests, and worse prison sentences for minor offenses.

According to Philadelphia’s crime stats, in July 2022, when the updated curfew was in effect, most violent crimes did not decrease. In fact, robberies with a gun went up 72 percent, other types of robberies increased by 40 percent, and auto thefts went up 29 percent.

A 2015 study by professors at the University of Virginia and Purdue University found the effect on public safety was “ambiguous,” and even suggested that curfews could increase the levels of violence.

Police in North Carolina tourist town reveal worsening violent crime stats



COVID Update

616.1M Vaccinations Given

US: 97.7M Cases - 1M Dead - 94.3M Recovered
Worldwide: 619.3M Cases - 6.5M Dead - 599.2M Recovered

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 362  
Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 798

Retailers Bounce Back from COVID Woes
Report: Retail sector powers past the pandemic, with gains in several areas
The second quarter update report notes several interesting nuggets that bode well for the sector, including a rise in new leases. A little more than 250 million square feet of nationwide retail space has been signed for in the last 12 months, the report shows, and current estimates put the final second-quarter 2022 leasing number at 78 million square feet. That tally would be the highest since the fourth quarter of 2017, the report states.

But new store counts could be the most interesting find: so far this year, U.S. retailers have announced approximately 4,432 store openings, compared with 1,954 closings. That’s a net gain of 2,478 stores year-to-date, a solid rate coming off 2021, when Covid crushed the retail industry. Discount stores top the list of announced openings, the report states, with 1,910 new locations planned. Restaurants were No. 2, with a combined total of 838 and apparel stores were No. 3, with announced openings of 348.

Pandemic Remote Work Analysis
The number of people working remotely tripled during COVID
The number of people primarily working from home tripled between 2019 and 2021, per survey results released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

By the numbers: 17.9% of people primarily worked from home in 2021, compared with 5.7% in 2019, per the survey results. Nearly half, 48.3%, of workers in Washington, D.C., worked from home in 2021, the highest percentage of remote workers in the country, per the Census Bureau.

The states with the highest percentage of residents working from home were Washington, Maryland and Colorado, all around 24%. The newly released survey results provide one of the most reliable indications yet of the pandemic's impact on Americans' work-from-home habits.

What they're saying: "Work and commuting are central to American life, so the widespread adoption of working from home is a defining feature of the COVID-19 pandemic," Michael Burrows, a statistician in the Census Bureau’s Journey-to-Work and Migration Statistics Branch, said in a statement.

New COVID Booster Rolls Out Ahead of Potential Fall & Winter Surge
CDC director weighs in on whether pandemic is over, says bivalent COVID shot is 'critically important'
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky became the latest American to receive the new bivalent COVID-19 booster shot on Thursday, telling ABC News that, thus far, "millions" of Americans have now gotten an updated vaccine.

"All the data from this new bivalent vaccine have demonstrated that it will protect you against — more likely protect you — against the strains that we have circulating right now, those Omicron BA.5 strains, as well as keep you well protected, because we've seen that some of that protection can wane over time. So, we are really encouraging everybody to roll up their sleeves and get this updated bivalent vaccine," she said.

$1k bonus for getting COVID-19 booster? That’s the proposed deal
Under a tentative deal Washington state employees would get $1,000 bonuses for receiving a COVID-19 booster shot.

WHO warns ability to identify new Covid variants is diminishing as testing declines



Lawmakers Grapple with Facial Recognition Tech
Days of facial recognition discussions uncover a tricky future for policymakers
The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, created to provide in-depth reports on innovations and challenges for society, is preparing a report on face biometrics’ capabilities, prospects and governance. In this case, academies members want what insiders feel that decisionmakers need to know before they legislate, mandate or regulate.

As part of their process, members are holding live online seminars to better understand face biometrics themselves. The meetings were included in this year’s FedID, the Federal Identity Forum and Expo; more will occur Sept. 27.

Of two information-gathering completed by the academies, only one was accessible online on deadline, and it peeled the onion a bit on the accuracy of face recognition algorithms and their potential impacts on the transgender community.

Later, Karl Ricanek, a professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, spoke about democratizing face-based technology for the transgender community, which will be a challenge for algorithms as well as policymakers.

Even hormone therapy, it turns out, can alter a face significantly. Skin density, vascular structure and other factors can change the face enough to fool AI, says Ricanek.

"No Concerns Returns" at Walmart
Retailer announces easier, “no concerns” returns options including extended return window, curbside returns & Walmart+ return pickup from home

New and expanded “no concerns” returns options

Walmart is making the returns experience easier and more convenient with three new and expanded options. Starting in October, Walmart customers and Walmart+ members can take advantage of seamless new returns options, including:

Holiday Guarantee: Now Walmart guarantees they won’t have to worry about short return windows with the newly extended holiday return policy for purchases. Oct 1 to Jan 31, 2023

Curbside returns - Return Pickup from Home for Walmart+ members in select markets.

Solution to the Labor Crunch?
The robots are here. And they are making you fries.

Meet Flippy, Sippy and Chippy, the newest technology stepping in to address a protracted labor crunch in food service

Restaurants have toyed with robotics for years, but now — with restaurants facing a protracted labor shortage and robotic technology becoming both better and cheaper — restaurant brands are doing new math. How long before an initial technology investment pays off? How long will it take to train human employees to work alongside robot co-workers? And, ultimately, how many restaurant jobs will be permanently commandeered by robots?

Target’s and Walmart’s holiday plans? Discount early and discount often.
The retail giants will begin rolling out deals the first week in October in a bid to draw in more cautious and cash-strapped consumers

Nordstrom lays off over 200 workers at supply chain facility

Kroger and These Other Grocery Chains Are Closing Locations, Starting Oct. 7

Bed Bath & Beyond facing holiday seas that's crucial for its survival

Quarterly Results

Costco Q4 comp's up 13.7%, E-comm. up 7.1%, sales up 15.2%, FY comp's up 14.4%, E-comm. up 10.1%, sales up 16%

Darden Restaurants Q1 comp's up 4.2%, sales up 6.1%

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#1 Risk to Businesses
Cyberattack Costs for US Businesses up by 80%

Cyberattacks keep inflicting more expensive damage, but firms are responding decisively to the challenge.

In seven out of eight countries, cyberattacks are now seen as the biggest risk to business — outranking COVID-19, economic turmoil, skills shortages, and other issues. The "Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2022," which assesses how prepared businesses are to fight back against cyber incidents and breaches, polled more than 5,000 corporate cybersecurity professionals in the US, UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, and the Netherlands. These experts had some enlightening things to say.

AdvertisementCyberattacks Are a Bigger Concern for US Businesses Than the "Great Reshuffle"

According to the report, IT pros in US businesses are more worried about cyberattacks (46%) than the pandemic (43%) or skills shortages (38%). And the data prove it. The survey indicates that in the past 12 months, US businesses weathered a 7% increase in cyberattacks. Approximately half of all US businesses (47%) suffered an attack in the past year.

Remote work has caused many smaller organizations to use cloud solutions instead of utilizing in-house IT services. However, with more cloud applications and APIs in use, the attack surface has broadened, too, making these organizations more vulnerable to cybercrime.

COVID Has Caused Businesses to Double Their IT Spending

Although the proportion of staff working remotely almost halved in the past year — from 62% of the workforce in 2021 to 39% in 2022 — overall IT expenditures doubled, from $11.5 million in 2021 to $24.2 million this year. "Despite 61% of survey respondents now being back in the office, businesses are still experiencing a hangover from the pandemic," Alannah Paul, cyber product head for Hiscox in the US, said in a statement. "Remote working provided a year-long Christmas for cybercriminals, and we can see the results of their cyber-feast in the increased frequency and cost of attacks. As we move into a new era of hybrid working, we all have an increased responsibility to continue learning, and managing our own cybersecurity."

'Significant Breach of the U.S. Federal Courts System'
Senator slams U.S. courts agency for 'stonewalling' inquiry into cyberattack
The agency responsible for answering questions about a significant breach of the U.S. federal courts system is “stonewalling” congressional efforts to get additional information and specifics, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Wednesday.

In that hearing, committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the courts had suffered “an incredibly significant and sophisticated cybersecurity breach” dating to early 2020 that has “had lingering impacts” on the Department of Justice and other agencies and may have included “three hostile foreign actors.”

Nadler said at the time that “perhaps even more concerning is the disturbing impact this security breach had on pending civil and criminal litigation, as well as ongoing national security or intelligence matters.”

The Administrative Office announced in a January 2021 press release that it was working with the Department of Homeland Security on an audit “relating to vulnerabilities in the Judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files system (CM/ECF) that greatly risk compromising highly sensitive non-public documents stored on CM/ECF, particularly sealed filings.”

The incident was separate from the SolarWinds breach that affected a range of U.S. federal agencies, Nadler said, adding that the committee had only learned in March 2022 the “startling breadth and scope of the court’s document management system’s security failure.”

Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen told Nadler at the hearing that he couldn’t “think of anything in particular” as far as specific cases the incident affected. Nevertheless, DOJ has filed its most sensitive court documents on paper since January 2021 “to avoid any chance of a breach or vulnerability in electronic filing systems compromising its high stakes cases,” Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security Adam Hickey told CyberScoop’s Suzanne Smalley on Aug. 4.

Hiring Hackers After They're Releases from Prison?
After Prison, Hackers Face Tech Restrictions, Limited Job Prospects

Security leaders may confront the decision to hire or reject a postprison job candidate as cybercrime grows and more hackers move through the justice system

Hackers who go to prison in the U.S. and many European countries can face restrictions on their use of computers and their ability to access the internet when released that can last for several years. Often the person is prohibited from using web applications or technologies that can mask online behavior such as virtual private networks, and their devices must be registered with authorities.

The cyber industry is expecting to face more situations that require executives to decide if they would hire convicted hackers. The Federal Bureau of Investigation received 847,376 reports of cyberattacks last year, up 7% from 2020.

Many hackers have the right kind of technical and critical-thinking skills needed in a cyber professional. In a few countries, such as Belgium and the Netherlands, tech restrictions on released hackers are rare, said Catherine Van de Heyning, a Belgian prosecutor and professor of law at the University of Antwerp. Many judges deny such requests from prosecutors, saying limitations would harm the individual’s ability to work and rejoin society, she said.

One step toward entering the corporate workforce for a convicted hacker is earning a certificate from a respected cyber organization. But it isn’t a path many take. The International Information System Security Certification Consortium, a key training organization, has received fewer than 10 applications in the past decade from individuals with a cybercrime charge or conviction, said Clar Rosso, chief executive of the consortium.

Concerns Over Open Source Code Security
Data Scientists Dial Back Use of Open Source Code Due to Security Worries

Data scientists, who often choose open source packages without considering security, increasingly face concerns over the unvetted use of those components

Vulnerabilities in open source components have forced data scientists to reevaluate the open source code frequently used in analysis and the creation of machine learning models.

According to a report by Anaconda, a data-science platform firm, in the past year, 40% of surveyed data scientists, business analysts, and students have scaled back their use of open source components, while a third remained steady, and only 7% incorporated more open source code into their projects.

While software developers and IT have already started vetting secure code, the concerns over the security in open source software is a relatively new trend for the data science world, says Peter Wang, co-founder and CEO of Anaconda.

The security of open source components — and the software supply chain, in general — has become a primary consideration among software developers, businesses, and national governments over the past two years. Overall, the maturity of organizations' security efforts has improved. About half of firms have an open source security policy in place, which leads to better performance in measures of security readiness, according to the June survey. In addition, the efforts to control open source risk has jumped by 51% in the past 12 months, a study of security maturity stated on Sept. 21.

Using LinkedIn to Harvest Credit Cards
Threat Actor Abuses LinkedIn's Smart Links Feature to Harvest Credit Cards

The tactic is just one in a constantly expanding bag of tricks that attackers are using to get users to click on links and open malicious documents.

A malicious campaign targeting Internet users in Slovakia is serving up another reminder of how phishing operators frequently leverage legitimate services and brands to evade security controls.

In this instance, the threat actors are taking advantage of a LinkedIn Premium feature called Smart Links to direct users to a phishing page for harvesting credit card information. The link is embedded in an email purportedly from the Slovakian Postal Service and is a legitimate LinkedIn URL, so secure email gateways (SEGs) and other filters are often unlikely to block it.

The email also asks the recipient to pay a believably small amount of money for a package that is apparently pending shipment to them. Users tricked into clicking on the link arrive at a page designed to appear like one the postal service uses to collect online payments. But instead of merely paying for the supposed package shipment, users end up giving away their entire payment card details to the phishing operators as well.

Deepfakes detected via reverse modeling of the vocal tract are ‘comically’ non-human
Scientists from University of Florida have long been researching what sorts of sounds a dinosaur made or how a person’s voice may sound based on skulls or other elements and organs that produce speech. By reversing this process and applying it to deep fakes, scientists generate models of the vocal organs that the speaker in the deepfake audio must have. And they are not of a human, as reports The Conversation.

“When extracting vocal tract estimations from deepfake audio, we found that the estimations were often comically incorrect,” write the researchers in The Conversation.
Alternative payment apps such as AliPay a boon for cybercriminals, experts tell Congress








FTC Launches Another Amazon Investigation
Amazon’s $1.7B Proposed Purchase of Roomba Maker Under FTC Investigation

Federal antitrust agency sought records about deal from Amazon and iRobot this week

Federal antitrust enforcers are investigating Inc.’s proposal to buy Roomba maker iRobot Corp., according to a securities filing.

The FTC’s review is the latest investigation involving Amazon. The agency also is examining Amazon’s $3.9 billion deal to buy 1Life Healthcare Inc., which operates One Medical primary-care clinics in 25 U.S. markets.

The FTC is separately investigating Amazon’s Prime membership program, according to a legal petition Amazon filed last month. The company has asked the five-member commission to quash subpoenas tied to the probe, saying the FTC staff made excessive demands on founder Jeff Bezos and other company executives.

Not Good News When the Union is Protesting Out Front
Leaked email reveals that Amazon is walking back employees' raises after an internal bug miscalculated their compensation
Many of Amazon's corporate employees who just got promoted are finding that because of a software error, their raise packages actually won't be as high as they thought.

Roughly 40% of employees promoted this quarter had "been impacted by this issue." The glitch caused Amazon to overstate bonuses for recently promoted employees because it miscalculated compensation by relying on older, higher stock prices for Amazon shares.

Still, when employees learned they would make less than they thought, it reinforced a sense among some that the company was nickel-and-diming them, according to screenshots of Slack messages.

Amazon is slammed for promoting an ex-prison exec to run its notorious fulfilment center warehouse training









Wichita Falls, TX: Texas Walmart theft ring suspect jailed on dozens of warrants
A suspect in a series of thefts from Walmarts across the state of Texas is now jailed in Wichita County after police said he confessed to stealing “all of the Apple Airpods” from a Walmart in Wichita Falls. Robert Lee Williams, 29, of La Marque (located near Galveston), is charged with theft over $2,500 but under $30,000 in Wichita County following an incident that occurred in July 2020. The arrest affidavit on Williams said he’s currently jailed with over 24 arrest warrants for thefts he has committed in multiple counties across Texas. According to the affidavit, an investigator with the Crimes Against Property division of the Wichita Falls Police Department traveled to Llano, Texas, where Williams was in custody for an alleged theft that occurred in San Angelo. The investigator said he questioned Williams during a custodial interview in which Williams confessed to stealing Apple Airpods from a Walmart in Wichita Falls.

Pinon Hills, CA: Video shows suspects stealing 200 gallons of gasoline from high desert gas station
Two men were arrested after allegedly stealing hundreds of gallons of gasoline from two high desert gas stations this week. Surveillance video from an incident early Wednesday morning shows a man breaking into the gas pump at a Shell station in Pinion Hills, and then siphoning out gasoline into a large container hidden in the back of his pickup truck. "It appeared the suspect pried open the gas pump and then used a device to override the system, and siphon about 200 gallons of gasoline in their truck," said Gloria Huerta, a spokesperson for the San Bernardino County sheriff's department.

Sanford, NC: Deputies, police led on high-speed chase across county lines by habitual Cumberland County felon after shoplifting incident
A felon led law enforcement on a high-speed chase across county lines after stealing $1,000 worth of tools on Wednesday. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Sanford Police Department said Gerald Shaundell McClarey shoplifted from the Harbor Freight on North Carolina 87 and fled law enforcement at a traffic stop. The traffic stop revealed McClarey also had multiple outstanding warrants. Once officers eventually stopped McClarey in Harnett County, they arrested and charged him with felony flee to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger, driving while license revoked, fictitious tags, speeding 105 in a 55, center lane violation, failure to maintain lane control, unsafe lane change, improper use of traffic lane and expired registration plate. Additionally, Sanford police added on charges of felony larceny and felony of stolen goods. Previously, he had warrants out for failure to appear on charges of possession of firearm by felon, felony possession of cocaine, felony larceny and being a habitual felon of Cumberland County.

Carson City, NV: Women arrested in Carson on multiple felonies
Two California women were arrested earlier this week on multiple felony counts including burglary, grand larceny and theft. Darrian Williams, 29, and Aubrianna Thompkins, 26, were arrested after a customer at Smith’s supermarket reported her purse stolen from her shopping cart while she was distracted by one of the defendants. The suspects were tracked down after dispatch reported the victim’s credit card being used at Office Depot on Fairview Drive. The clerk there said the two women bought several hundred dollars’ worth of gift cards at the store using the victim’s credit card. The two were identified by surveillance video in the store that matched video taken at Smith’s. The arrest report says the same women were identified trying to use a stolen debit card at Raley’s and again at Save Mart in south Carson City. The report says the two tried to resist arrest violently when deputies approached them at Save Mart. They were apprehended and cuffed by deputies as multiple deputies arrived to assist. The arrest report says the two were in possession of $800 in cash and debit cards belonging to the victim. More debit cards and other evidence was found in the vehicle belonging to the two suspects.

Memphis, TN: Suspect allegedly stole electronics, assaulted security guard at Walmart

Hoover, AL: Police looking for person wanted for questioning in $2000 theft

Fort Myers, FL: Man accused of attempted $1000 grand theft from Home Depot at the Forum

Central Islip, NY: 2 men wanted for stealing $700 of electrical wiring from The Home Depot

Longmeadow, MA: Two suspects wanted for allegedly stealing in Longmeadow

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Tulsa, OK: C-Store Armed Robbery Suspect Dies In Custody
An armed robbery suspect who died in Tulsa Police custody has been identified. Ramond Thompson, 40, died Wednesday night. On Sept. 21, police responded to an armed robbery at the 2-Go Food Mart near 5506 E. Pine Street. Officers said two males robbed the store with a gun, fired the gun at least once inside the store, and then drove away from the scene. One person was shot when the suspect fired the gun, but their injuries are non-life-threatening, police said. Shortly after the robbery, police said they found the suspect vehicle on Pine near Highway 11 and attempted to stop them. However, the suspects fled once again, police said. A brief pursuit between officers and the suspects led them to a dead end, where the suspects jumped out of their vehicle, said police. An unidentified suspect ran into a heavily wooded area with rocky, overgrown terrain and poor visibility, police said. That suspect has not been found at this time. The other suspect, Thompson, evaded officers after navigating his way around the terrain, police said. An officer and his K-9 unit tracked Thompson and found him hiding in a bush, police said. The dog bit the suspect and the officer was able to place him under arrest, police said. As officers escorted Thompson back to the closest street, they said he was falling over and had difficulty breathing. Tulsa Fire arrived at the scene and gave Thompson medical treatment, said police. EMSA then arrived and transported Thompson to the hospital but he died from his injuries, said police.

San Bernardino, CA: Liquor store clerk mourned by friends and regular customers after fatal shooting
A 46-year-old liquor store clerk in San Bernardino was fatally shot on Tuesday, leaving regular customers and friends reeling from the loss. Nader Alkouli, who immigrated to the U.S. from Syria, worked at P&J Liquor in San Bernardino for years, but at about 8 p.m., he was found suffering from a gunshot wound on the sidewalk outside the store. He succumbed to his wounds at a local hospital, and the store now has one fewer friendly face to greet customers. It’s unclear what exactly happened Tuesday night in the store. Police are investigating, but could only say there was a confrontation between Alkouli and the suspected gunman, 21-year-old William Norris Jr., who was arrested on Wednesday and booked on murder charges.

Erie, PA: Millcreek Police Charge 5 Juveniles Following Altercation, Shot Fired in Food Court
Millcreek Township Police have charged five juveniles for their involvement in a fight at the Millcreek Mall which resulted in a shot being fired Sunday. All five range in age from 15 to 17. Two were charged with aggravated assault and other related offenses. Two others were charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Another was charged with firearm-related offenses. Three of the five have been placed in juvenile detention where they await court action. They will appear in court Friday morning, according to police. James Troop III, 18, was also arraigned Tuesday on charges connected to the incident. They include aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, disorderly conduct and corruption of minors. The incident started with a fight near the mall food court area just after 4 p.m. Sunday. The fight escalated, a gun was introduced and one shot was fired into the ceiling. That sent employees who work in that section of the mall running for cover.

St Louis, MO: Woman shot at St. Louis’ Courtesy Diner after ‘dine and dash’ confrontation
A woman was hurt in a flurry of gunshots fired at Courtesy Diner early Thursday after an employee confronted “dine and dash” customers outside the restaurant. The woman was a customer who had nothing to do with the dine and dash, police said. She was inside the diner and was hit in the thigh when a bullet fired into the building ricocheted. The shooting happened about 12:15 a.m. Thursday at the diner, 1121 Hampton Avenue. The woman, 63, was hit by the bullet as she walked to the bathroom inside the diner. She was treated at a hospital, where she was listed as stable, police said. At least six bullet holes were left in the diner’s side window. . Before the shooting, a diner employee went outside to find and confront customers who ate and left without paying. Police said the employee’s efforts were unsuccessful but didn’t elaborate.

Phoenix, AZ: Armed suspect shot by Police after walking into Phoenix 7-Eleven
Police say a suspect is in critical condition after he walked into a Phoenix convenience store while armed, leading to police shooting him on Thursday night. According to Sgt. Vincent Cole with Phoenix police, around 7:30 p.m., officers received a call about a man with a gun at a home near 31st Avenue and Greenway Road. Police say the man left the home with the gun, and a gunshot was heard shortly afterward.


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Madison, WI: Gas Station Burglary spree in Wisconsin leads to police processing a 12-year-old & 13-year-old
Two juveniles in Wisconsin were identified as suspects following a spree of break-ins at multiple convenience stores. The Madison Police Department released information about two suspects who were identified in a spree of burglaries that happened in September. Two suspects, a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old, were identified, processed and conveyed to the Juvenile Reception Center. The two suspects are facing charges related to the investigation. Back in early September, at least four non-residential burglaries happened at gas stations throughout Madison. It was determined that the suspects smashed the windows of the stores during overnight hours. They then entered the building and stole merchandise. There was no information on what items were stolen or the total dollar value of damage/thefts.

Durham, NC: 2 suspects rob 12 Durham businesses, people in September, police need public’s help finding criminals
Police need your help in finding two suspects in a string of a dozen robberies this month in Durham. The Durham Police Department on Thursday released several surveillance images of the two people they want to find. Eleven businesses were robbed, as was one person Sept. 9 in the parking lot at the Home Depot on North Pointe Drive, police said. The robberies started the night of Sept. 1 at the Circle K on state Route 55, authorities said. There were three reported robberies on three separate nights — Sept. 10, Sept. 11 and Sept. 19 — and on each of those nights, they all took place in the span of 40 or fewer minutes.

Fairfax County, VA: Thieves Hit String of Jewelry Stores in Northern Virginia
Thieves armed with hammers have burglarized three jewelry stores in Northern Virginia in recent weeks — in one case strolling through a mall with their arms loaded with thousands in stolen merchandise. Police in Fairfax County are on the lookout for who’s responsible in the smash-and-grab burglaries. The crimes happened in what felt like the blink of an eye and were terrifying, store employees said. The thieves used hammers to smash display cases. Once the chaos ended, they disappeared with tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry and left a mess of shattered glass. It started at a jewelry store in Tysons Corner Center on Sept. 8. Surveillance cameras captured images of three people. Ten days later, at Fair Oaks Mall, another jewelry store was hit. The thieves walked out of the store and into the mall casually, their arms loaded with stolen items, the employee said. “It definitely does look rehearsed. Obviously we're investigating three here in the county. We’re trying to determine the relationship amongst all three. But it’s not their first time doing it,” Jason Chandler of the police department said. Detectives believe the same people are responsible for the three crimes, smashing up cases and shattering the safety of store employees.

Cleveland, OH: Feds accuse man of robbing 10 Cleveland-area stores at gunpoint in three weeks
Federal agents on Thursday accused a Garfield Heights man of robbing 10 Cleveland-area stores at gunpoint in three weeks. Lawrence Sturdivant, 32, robbed stores and pharmacies in Shaker Heights and Cleveland by acting like he was buying candy before pulling out a gun and taking cash from the registers, according to court records. The robberies happened from Dec. 5 through Dec. 26, including nine in Cleveland and one in Shaker Heights. He faces a charge in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court for a Dec. 16 robbery mentioned in the federal complaint. ]

Moreau, NY: Former Target employee arrested, accused of stealing from distribution center
On Wednesday, State Police of Wilton arrested Latrell C. Pinellas, For Grand Larceny, a Fourth Degree class "E" felony. Around 6:43 Wednesday evening, Investigators received a complaint that items valued at over $1,400 were stolen from the Target Distribution Center in Wilton,NY. Investigators determined Pinellas was responsible for the thefts.

Fort Hood, TX: Update: Smash and grab at Fort Hood: Veteran pleads guilty in conspiracy to steal $2.2 million in night vision, radio equipment

Boston, MA: DOJ: Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Brockton Cell Phone Store

Asheville, NC: DOJ: Organizer Of Asheville Gun Store Burglary Is Sentenced To More Than 19 Years In Prison

Ferndale, MI: Felony theft suspect found incompetent for trial for fourth time



Auto – Ridgeway, PA – Burglary
C-Store – Tulsa, OK – Armed Robbery / Susp dies
C-Store – Durham, NC – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Jones County, MS – Robbery
C-Store – Georgetown, KY – Robbery
C-Store – Augusta, GA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Augusta, GA – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Davenport, IA – Burglary
CVS – New York, NY – Armed Robbery
Discount – Fayetteville, GA – Robbery
Dollar – Orangeburg, SC – Burglary
Gas Station – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Robbery
Hardware – Sanford, NC – Robbery
Jewelry - Sherman TX -Robbery
Jewelry - Lake Charles, LA - Robbery
Jewelry - Meridian, MS -Robbery
Jewelry - Concord, NH – Burglary
Jewelry - Wilkes Barre, PA – Burglary
Liquor – Atlanta, GA – Burglary
Pets – Baltimore, MD – Armed Robbery
Restaurant – Citrus Height, CA – Burglary
Restaurant – Morrisville, NC – Armed Robbery
Walmart – Memphis, TN – Robbery
Walmart – Morgantown, WV - Robbery                                                                                                       

Daily Totals:
• 17 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 1 killed


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