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Top emerging security technologies in the cannabis industry - Part 1
How to secure your stash with some of the most
innovative security strategies available
Tony Gallo - Managing Partner,
Sapphire Risk Advisory
Security technology is constantly advancing - especially in the cannabis
industry. The cannabis industry has only been around legally for a few years,
but, like other high-risk businesses, cannabis business owners are having to
learn to proactively monitor and enhance their facility's security.
Some recent innovations and emerging technologies are changing the ways that
cannabis businesses secure their products and facilities. Many of these
promising technologies are implemented to strengthen physical security, augment
cybersecurity measures, and improve business productivity and efficiency.
Designed for high-risk businesses like jewelry stores, these technological
advancements are well suited to impact the rapidly expanding cannabis industry.
Video Surveillance as a Service
Many external alarm monitoring companies are also contracted to monitor video
surveillance, and cannabis businesses are already required by law to house
surveillance equipment and onsite (and sometimes additionally off-site) archives
of footage. But this service is only valuable if someone is watching the footage
Oftentimes the use of a third-party monitoring company is beneficial. As an
already established workforce, these professionals will have already completed
training and will have developed best practices and procedures. Outsourcing this
service can provide workers without the need for internal HR concerns or
insurance issues and can be financially beneficial for many companies.
Although it can be beneficial, the use of third-party monitoring companies is
not without its vulnerabilities. It is possible that the third-party company may
have a less than reliable operator behind the surveillance controls. And if a
burglary occurs, the consequences are on the business' end and not the
third-party. To avoid this potentially detrimental scenario, it would be wise to
vet the provider and perhaps speak personally with current or former clients.
The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact
'Ram Raiding': The New Crime Trend Crashing
Through Retail Doors
WSJ: Brazen Burglars Are Crashing Vehicles Into Stores
West Coast, with more lenient law-enforcement
policies, has been hard hit, current and former officials say
OAKLAND, Calif.-A new crime trend is crashing, quite literally, into American
retailers. Burglars are
using stolen vehicles to barge through storefronts and then loot ATMs, guns and
other valuables inside.
the tactic is creating fresh headaches for retailers, who have already been
under siege from organized retail-theft rings in many parts of the country.
rams of choice are often stolen Hyundais and Kias,
officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said.
cars have become targets of criminals nationwide because they lack certain
and are relatively easy to steal, police have said.
The attacks have been
most concentrated on the West Coast.
Statistics aren't compiled for ram-raiding cases, but local and federal
law-enforcement officials say they have seen
a sharp uptick since the Covid-19 pandemic amid an overall rise in property
"This is something ATF
is watching nationwide,"
said John Ham, an ATF spokesman in Kansas City, Mo. "It's in the news more
because it's happening more."
Nonresidential burglaries jumped 11.7% between 2019 and 2022,
while motor-vehicle thefts soared 67.5% over that time, according to an analysis
of federal crime data in major cities by the Council on Criminal Justice, a
California has been among the hardest hit because policies in the wake of the
2020 George Floyd killing have left many
law-enforcement agencies understaffed, with new restrictions on pursuing
criminals, Dudley said.
"I think what we're seeing is what you would expect when
there has not been sufficient enforcement of our laws,"
Jenkins, who succeeded a progressive district attorney after a recall election
last year, said. "But the days of the toleration of lawlessness here are over."
Washington Post Editorial Says Prosecution is the
Solution to Retail Crime
Opinion: How do you fight shoplifting? Not by locking down everything in CVS.
The CVS at 14th and Irving in D.C. symbolizes
extreme retail theft and the harms it can engender.
Distressing and inconvenient to ordinary people,
threatening to businesses and livelihoods, and repellent to tourists, unchecked
shoplifting can corrode a community's spirit.
happening in the nation's capital.
The D.C. police department does not track shoplifting specifically but reports
theft in general is up 22 percent over last year.
District ranks behind all but one state for retail theft,
according to a new Forbes Advisor survey of small businesses. The situation in
D.C. is emblematic of a national experience. The National Retail Federation
a "dramatic jump" in stores' financial losses between 2021 and 2022 - from $93.9 billion to $112.1 billion.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) has
proposed a new felony of "directing organized retail theft" with a penalty of up
to 15 years in prison.
It's smart to target ringleaders. Ms. Bowser has also proposed that prosecutors
be allowed to charge thieves with a felony if they steal 10 or more times in a
30-day period. It's another wise deterrent.
A better legal framework won't help much if it's not
aggressively enforced, though.
Even if police do make an arrest, it
often does not lead to prosecution.
Seattle, one of the cities where CCJ found that
shoplifting is lower now than it was five years ago,
offers a good model. The city identified more than 160 "high utilizers"
responsible for the vast majority of recent misdemeanors such as shoplifting.
Police were able to put these individuals in jail when they were caught. To
deter others, Seattle police conduct surprise one-day crackdowns that lead to
about 50 arrests each.
The District and other cities
need to get smarter about how they attack this crime.
Otherwise, even more retail stores might find themselves going back to the
RetailWire Highlights Shoplifting Study of 24
'Escalating concern' over theft in urban centers
Retail Theft Has Increased in Some Cities and Decreased in Others
Shoplifting and retail theft have seen a rise in some cities while falling in
others. Data from the
Council on Criminal Justice, which analyzed incidents of shoplifting in 24
cities over the last five years, shows a marked decline in many cities
post-pandemic. The report highlights key regional trends:
New York and Los Angeles had the largest increase
in reported shoplifting incidents from mid-2019 to mid-2023, while
St. Petersburg and St. Paul marked the largest decreases
in the same period.
Collecting data on shoplifting incidents remains a challenge due to
self-reporting, which leads to an underrepresentation of the true number of
incidents. This, in turn,
makes it difficult to analyze crime trends and influences shoplifting trends.
The data suggests a
geographical divide when it comes to shoplifting incidents.
Two of America's largest cities, New York and Los Angeles, experienced a
significant increase in reported shoplifting incidents compared to the other 22
cities studied. This highlights an
escalating concern for retailers in these urban centers,
prompting a reevaluation of security measures to mitigate these losses.
The picture was quite different in certain other cities, however. The reasons
behind the decline in shoplifting incidents in St. Petersburg and St. Paul are
varied, ranging from
effective law enforcement strategies and community engagement programs to
changes in local retail practices.
Yet, it provides an encouraging sign that, in some areas, progress is being made
in the battle against shoplifting.
Read more about this study in the November 8th edition
of the D&D Daily
Crisis or Not, Federal ORC Legislation is Needed
Opinion: Debunking the myth of a shoplifting crisis
Government data doesn't show that retail theft is actually increasing.
According to The Marshall Project, around
40% of law enforcement agencies (over 6,000) did not report their most recent
crime data to the FBI
at the time these stories started circulating. Also, police departments often do
not distinguish retail theft from other kinds of robberies and larceny.
And in the instance of the recent Target closures, data journalists have shown
where there is data available, in three of the locations slated for closure (in
East Harlem, San Francisco, and Seattle), there were fewer reported incidents of
shoplifting in and around those stores
than other stores that are not slated for closure.
Everyone deserves to feel safe in their communities.
Store workers should not be in situations that could potentially escalate to
Local businesses are the lifeline to communities and should be able to thrive.
we need more transparency, public data and legislative solutions, such as The
Combating Organized Retail Crime Act,
backed by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and
its House companion bill. We also need more
responsible reporting practices.
Many of these
numbers and narratives track back to anecdotal videos, unverified eyewitness
testimony or fuzzy numbers
given by executives on shareholder calls.
NYC Cutting Thousands of Police & Now Chicago
Not Filling 1,500
Chicagoans Want Larger Police Presence in City -
Currently Down 1,500
2 in 3 Chicagoans disapprove of Mayor Brandon Johnson on crime & Just 25% of
The poll of 800 Chicago voters was conducted Oct. 18-22 for the Illinois Policy
Institute by Echelon Insights. Asked how they thought Johnson was doing handling
crime and public safety, 66% somewhat or strongly disapproved and 21% somewhat
or strongly approved, according to the newest Lincoln Poll.
Voters were also asked if they would like to see a larger or smaller police
presence in the city than at present. Nearly 3 in 4 voters, or
73%, said they would prefer a larger police presence in the city.
Chicago Police Department vacancies have hovered around
1,000 open positions for the past few years, and are 1,700 fewer than when
former Mayor Lori Lightfoot took office. Johnson's latest budget for the city
includes nearly $2 billion for the CPD, but he's also said about
400 positions would be filled by civilians.
No plans have been heard for filling the current 1,500 openings.
NYPD to have only 29K cops by 2025 due to new NYC budget cuts
Roughly 4,500 officers are expected to leave their ranks within the next 18
months. It had been at around 34,000.
"This is truly a disaster for every New Yorker who cares about safe streets.
Cops are already stretched to our breaking point, and these cuts will return us
to staffing levels we haven't seen since the crime epidemic of the '80s and
'90s. We cannot go back there," Police Benevolent Association president, Patrick
Hendry, told The Post.
DOJ: 4 PA Men Charged Burglarizing 55 UPS Warehouses Across U.S. for $1.6M
Four Pennsylvania men have been charged for allegedly burglarizing
55 UPS warehouses on the East
Coast, taking roughly $1.6 million worth of merchandise.
The four men, Aboudramane Karamoko, 20, Sekou Fofanah, 20, Shamaire Brown, 19,
and Quamaire Brown, 19, all of Philadelphia, were charged and detained. Karamoko
was arrested in State College on Nov. 15, while the others were taken into
custody in Philadelphia on Nov. 16, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said.
According to court documents,
the four, along with others currently unnamed, conspired to
commit these burglaries from
January 2021 to April 2023. They involved UPS warehouses in
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New
York, Rhode Island, and as far west as Indiana.
The men allegedly targeted a UPS facility and
entered by breaking a window -
usually late Saturday nights into Sunday mornings. Once inside, the men
would look for boxes marked with "lithium-ion battery" warnings, which indicate
The team would escape as police arrived at the facility. The packages typically
contained Apple products or
other electronic devices, however, on at least one occasion, they also
stole a firearm from a UPS warehouse.
The four were charged in the District of New Jersey with one count of conspiracy
to commit cargo theft. The charge comes with a maximum penalty of five years in
prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the amount of money involved in the
offense, whichever is greater.
New 'Police Surveillance Network' to Fight Crime
San Diego approves $12M for 500 cameras equipped with LPR tech
Investigators will not monitor the network in real
time but instead review the footage and data collected after serious crimes or
After months of deliberation, and at times controversy, San Diego's City Council
on Tuesday gave its final approval to a
network that will cost $12 million over the next five years.
The network, made up of
500 cameras equipped
with license plate reader technology,
could be placed across San Diego - from Rancho Bernardo in the north to San Ysidro in the south
- as early as January.
Police officials - who have touted the technology
as a crime-fighting tool and a force multiplier - say the cameras will be installed in public places where there is no
expectation of privacy. Investigators will not monitor the network in real time
but instead review the footage and data collected after serious crimes or
Nashville mayor, MNPD considering options to stop organized retail crime
Arguments center on social media in Buffalo mass shooting civil case
Retail Trade Impacted by Workplace Injuries &
Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports 7.5% Spike in Occupational Injuries,
Labor Statistics reported a 7.5 percent increase in occupational injuries
and illnesses last year
while the overall rate remained unchanged; injuries grew proportionally with the
growth of the workforce.
This increase is
driven by the rise in both injuries, up 4.5%
to 2.3 million cases, and
illnesses up 26.1%
to 460,700 cases.
Severe Injury Reports
Our new Seven-Year
Lookback Report summarizes work-related severe injuries such as amputations
and inpatient hospitalizations reported from employers covered under federal
OSHA from 2015 to 2021.
As the chart below shows,
the retail trade was the second highest sector impacted by non-fatal work
injuries and illness
Retailers Continue to Tweak Self-Checkouts
Target is testing a new self-checkout policy
Target is testing a new self-checkout policy as
retailers are finding that cashier-less technology can put off customers.
At a handful of stores, Target has restricted self-checkout to customers buying
10 items or fewer. Customers buying more than that are required to use
full-service lanes with cashiers.
A Target spokesperson said the test was
designed to shorten wait times and "better understand" shoppers' preferences.
"Our guests tell us they enjoy interacting with our team," Target Chief
Operating Officer John Mulligan said on a call with analysts Tuesday about the
changes. The company has "refocused" its checkout areas and has since seen a 6%
increase in customers using full-service cashier lanes across its stores.
Target and other retailers have expanded self-checkout machines in recent years.
Self-checkout was designed to help companies save on labor costs and speed up
checkout for shoppers. But
the promise of self-checkout hasn't always played out.
Self-checkout machines sometimes break. Customers often face errors and glitches
when scanning items, requiring employees to come over and assist them. This
erases potential labor savings and makes self-checkout slower,
in some cases, than full-service checkout - the problem it was supposed to
Retailers Continue to Face Union Pushback
REI vows to fight union allegations, puncturing its progressive reputation
Unionized store workers this week filed 80
unfair labor practice charges against the outdoor retailer, alleging bad faith
bargaining and retaliation.
REI workers affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers International
Union and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union this week filed
80 unfair labor practice charges against the outdoor retailer.
all eight unionized REI locations filed charges with their regional NLRB
offices, according to a joint press release from the unions. The move follows a
formal complaint to the National Labor Relations Board and
walkouts by REI store workers in October.
"REI disagrees with the
and will continue to fight their allegations," REI Spokesperson Natalie Stotss
said in an emailed statement. "We are committed and engaged in good-faith
bargaining with stores that have chosen union representation and will continue
to participate fully in the negotiating process."
Another Big City Struggles to Mount Retail
Downtown Seattle's retail recovery - or lack thereof - by the numbers
an influx of visitors and an uptick in sales this summer,
downtown Seattle's retail scene has not bounced back to its pre-pandemic norm.
Retail occupancy in the downtown area was at nearly 100% from 2019 to 2020.
As the pandemic set in, occupancy rates dropped by 10% and have basically been
stuck there ever since. At the end of September, retail occupancy in the
downtown area, at 90%, had not changed in more than a year.
number of new retail business licenses issued has fallen precipitously
as well, dropping by more than half over the past three years. In the summer of
2019, the city issued over 540 new business licenses in the downtown area; this
past summer, it issued 270 licenses.
total foot traffic is still nearly 20% lighter than before the pandemic
and, despite visitors' return, the average duration of a visit to the downtown
area remains more than an hour shorter than in 2019.
Worker foot traffic remains 40% lower than in 2019.
'Lack of Security' at Waffle House Locations
Security a Top Concern for Waffle House Workers
Waffle House workers 'fed up' with paying for food they don't even eat: 'We're
sick and tired'
Employees at the Southern dine-in chain see a sizeable chunk of change removed
from their paychecks each week for food consumed - even if they didn't eat it,
reported The Messenger. Now,
"fed up" workers are rallying in picket lines, and 13,000
signed petitions to push Waffle
House to hold the charge.
They're also looking for other guarantees regarding higher wages and better
amid vicious customer brawls at the eatery
that have been widely reported in recent years.
"We're sick and tired of making poverty wages,
the constant threat of in-store violence, and mandatory meal deductions -
whether we eat a meal or not while on a shift."
Smith also said the food charge makes it harder for her to afford the food she
actually eats and that, paired
with a lack of security, has her fuming.
Remote Work Readiness is Key
Your Company Will Need Remote Work as Extreme Weather Gets Worse
Remote-work-readiness is an important form of flexibility that companies need to
consider. The Covid-19
pandemic made this clear, but research shows that it is true of other forms of
unexpected disruptions, too. Extreme weather events are harder on companies that
aren't able or prepared to work from home. As those events become more frequent,
the ability to work remotely will become more important.
Walgreens to close nearly all pharmacies on Thanksgiving for first time
Thanksgiving Store Hours 2023: Which Stores Are Open This Year?
Senior LP & AP Jobs
Director of Protective Intelligence job posted for American Express in New York,
to the Vice President of Cybercrime Investigations and Protective Research, the
Director of Protective Intelligence will lead and participate in gathering,
analyzing, producing, and disseminating actionable intelligence for informed
decision making across Global Security, executive leadership, and the
enterprise. Critical skills include fostering relationships with key
stakeholders and providing awareness, indications, warnings, and operational
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The Fight Against ORC Can Be Won in the Parking
Don't forget parking lots when preventing theft
Matt Kelley, Head of Retail at
Organized retail crime (ORC)
has entered a new era that threatens retailers' best attempts to keep their
employees safe and customers coming back.
Retail security measures can no longer depend on
person-to-person defensive shrink strategies. To
combat this ever-increasing challenge, retailers must get proactive across
all five zones of retail influence. Zone 4 in particular, the parking lot and
surrounding areas, is especially important for stopping ORC.
Understanding the five zones of retail influence
The five zones, as defined by the
Loss Prevention Research
Council, spotlight concentric zones that offenders must cross to steal
merchandise. Security professionals should develop proactive plays within
each zone to deter criminals instead of reactive attempts to stop a crime
already in progress.
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Responsible Use of AI in Retail
NRF Releases Retail Principles for Artificial Intelligence
- The National Retail Federation today released its
Principles for the Use of Artificial Intelligence in the Retail Sector to
support the industry's artificial intelligence (AI) governance and strategic
planning. Developed through its
Center for Digital Risk & Innovation, the principles
and effective governance of AI, promote consumer trust, and facilitate ongoing
innovation and beneficial use of AI technologies.
The principles fall into four high-level categories:
1. Governance and Risk Management:
Retailers should develop strong internal governance of AI tools and capabilities
as a foundational basis for managing risks and ensuring that AI delivers
2. Customer Engagement and Trust:
Retailers should be transparent about their uses of AI that have a legal or
similarly significant effect on a customer establish safeguards to prevent
unlawful discrimination against protected classes of individuals, and align
their governance of consumer-facing AI applications with existing internal
privacy, cybersecurity and other data governance policies.
3. Workforce Applications and Use:
Retailers should engage in ongoing oversight and review of AI applications that
may directly impact employees or that are used by the workforce to support
4. Business Partner Accountability:
Retailers should establish clear guidelines and expectations for business
partners that are providing AI tools, data sets and services.
about the NRF Center for Digital Risk & Innovation is available
Retailers Under Fire for Use of Private Customer
T-Mobile Facing Another Customer Data Lawsuit
T-Mobile faces a lawsuit after an employee sent himself nude photos he found on
a customer's phone
T-Mobile facing another lawsuit over allegations that it failed to protect
T-Mobile is facing legal action for
failing to protect a customer's private data
after one of their employees found and stole nude photos from her iPhone when
she came to upgrade an old device, CNBC reported.
occurred last October at a T-Mobile store in the Columbia Center Mall in
The victim's identity is anonymous in the complaint. She states in the lawsuit
she had gone to the store to upgrade her iPhone and have data from the old
device wiped. But on
checking her Snapchat account that evening, she realized that nude photos and a
video of her and her partner having sex had been sent to an unknown account
without her consent.
Police traced the account to the employee at the store who had handled her phone
earlier that day.
T-Mobile have said that the man was not employed by them, but was a third-party
But the lawsuit states that as she tried to investigate what had happened and
tried to get her phone back, T-Mobile denied that any trade-ins had taken place
that day and told her she would need to pay to get the old device back.
The employee pled guilty last month to charges of
first-degree computer trespass and disclosing intimate images.
But now T-Mobile is also being sued by the victim for
"turning a blind eye" to employees that exploit their access to customer's
sensitive data and failing to train them adequately.
'Unlawful' Use of Customer Data?
Kroger faces class action lawsuit over illegally sharing data
The suit alleges the retailer unlawfully released user health information
is facing a class action lawsuit which alleges that the retailer
unlawfully released the protected health information of online pharmacy patients
to unauthorized third parties, including to Facebook's parent company, Meta.
The suit, which was filed on Nov. 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Ohio, alleges that
unbeknownst to patients, Kroger installed tracking tools on its website,
Kroger.com, which then resulted in information around patient prescriptions to
be unknowingly shared.
The suit states that both the plaintiff, an anonymous Jane Doe, as well as the
class members are seeking up to $10,000 in damages.
Kroger did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication of this
A similar lawsuit was
filed against Costco in October.
That suit, which is still pending, also alleges that the wholesale retailer
inappropriately shared customer health information with Meta.
'Building a Resilient Incident Response Team'
Detection & Response That Scales: A 4-Pronged Approach
Building a resilient incident response team requires more than a simple
combination of tools and on-call rotations.
Combating modern attackers
demands a robust and comprehensive detection and response program,
yet challenges such as
alert fatigue, costly tools, talent acquisition difficulties, and an
overworked team hinder progress.
At this year's Black Hat Europe, Allyn Stott, senior staff engineer with
Airbnb, will discuss how a proper framework can help IT security leaders develop
the essential capabilities of a modern program amid the relentless surge of
incidents and demanding schedules.
From Reactive to Proactive
detection and response programs have been very reactive, focused on alerts that
indicate something bad
has already happened," Stott explains. "You
want to be more on the proactive side and not just doing threat hunting but
adopting a philosophy for detection
that focuses on detecting threats as early in an attack as possible."
He adds with many legacy systems, the focus often lies on technology tools and
vendors, as opposed to capabilities the security team has, and points out
many of these systems are completely siloed off from the rest of the
One of his favorite things about being in detection response is that there is an
automatic way to get other stakeholder teams involved with the core security
at some point the organization will experience a security incident.
Shadowy Hack-for-Hire Group Behind Sprawling Web of Global Cyberattacks
Why cyber war readiness is critical for democracies
Is TikTok Fueling Online Knockoffs?
TikTok Shop videos from influencers promoting knockoff products are becoming the
next big headache in e-commerce
TikTok creators have been pitching apparent knockoffs of products from Apple,
Lululemon, and Crocs.
Leaning on creators to sell products comes with two big challenges:
they're not always honest and don't always understand what they're selling.
Some creators may
misrepresent a product to make it seem better than it is to boost commission
earnings. Others may do
it unintentionally because they're not entirely sure whether a steeply
discounted TikTok Shop product is authentic.
If false video reviews proliferate across TikTok Shop, it
could pose an existential risk for the nascent e-commerce platform.
"If consumers have bad experiences by buying these
products that turn out to be counterfeits or low quality,
they're going to lose faith in influencer recommendations and stop making
purchases through that system," said Brett Hollenbeck, an associate professor of
marketing at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, who studies online
marketplaces and cowrote an October 2022 paper titled "The Market for Fake
"If TikTok loses control over this and
there's a lot of bad actors,
then it's going to in the long run hurt their ability to have a successful
e-commerce operation," Hollenbeck said.
A TikTok spokesperson said that
misrepresentation of products is a clear violation of TikTok Shop policies.
Its policy against misleading content prohibits creators from posting a video
promoting or advertising a specific product that differs from the actual
product, including "false claims that a product is affiliated with other
TikTok said it
uses a combination of technology and manual moderation to enforce its policies,
including monitoring negative reviews and complaint rates. They said the company
also requires sellers to ensure their product listings are accurate and don't
The Return to Work Debate Continues at Amazon
Amazon says employees may not get promoted if they ignore return-to-office
Amazon has told corporate employees they may not get promoted if they ignore
the company's return-to-office mandate.
dialing up the pressure on corporate employees
who haven't complied with the company's return-to-office mandate.
Staffers who don't adhere to the policy, which
requires employees to be in the office at least three days a week,
may not get promoted, according to posts on Amazon's internal website that were
viewed by CNBC.
"Managers own the promotion process, which means it is their responsibility to
support your growth through regular conversations and stretch assignments, and
to complete all the required inputs for a promotion," one post says. "If
your role is expected to work from the office 3+ days a week and you are not in
compliance, your manager will be made aware and VP approval will be required."
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Mooresville, NC: 5 accused of theft ring involving rental equipment from Lowe's
A group of five thieves is accused of fraudulently renting heavy equipment from
Lowe's and then selling the merchandise through social media, the Mooresville
Police Department stated Thursday in a news release. Lowe's Corporate Security
notified police on Nov. 10 about the fraudulent activity that has happened at
the Mooresville store and across the region. Investigators learned the group
would place ads selling heavy equipment on social media. Victims would respond
and agree to the transaction. The group would then rent the equipment through
fraudulent means from Lowe's to sell to the victims. Detectives set up a
transaction to catch the criminals. The group agreed to bring equipment stolen
from the Salisbury Lowe's to Mooresville for a transaction on Wednesday. Police
arrested them at an agreed meeting spot. Law enforcement arrested Javon Tyrell
Williams, 30, Anthony Ray Jones, 29, Latrayvion Lee Alston, 30, Oroyster Miles,
III, 30, all from Raleigh, and Marcus Jamel Myatt, 33, of Wake Forest.
The $40,000 piece of stolen equipment was returned to Lowe's corporate.
Jacksonville Beach, FL: Man arrested inside Home Depot after stealing over
$4,000 from several stores
Jacksonville Beach police were called to a reported theft at Ulta Beauty, 3928
3rd St. just after 2 p.m. Saturday. When officers arrived they located a man in
a vehicle parked in front of Staples. The man matched the description of one of
the suspects, a Jacksonville Beach police news release states. Officers then saw
another male with a cart full of merchandise running from Staples being chased
by store employees. That male began throwing the merchandise into the vehicle,
the news release states. Officers detained the man who was sitting in the
vehicle. He has been identified as Gilbert Simmons, the news release states. The
man who was running out of Staples was identified as Joshua Hough. He ran away
from officers into Home Depot where he tried to hide from officers. Officers
were able to locate him inside the store. "Further investigation revealed Hough
had stolen merchandise from five stores within Jacksonville Beach
(Rack Room Shoes, Books-A-Million, Ace Hardware, Ulta Beauty, and Staples)
totaling approximately $4,200.00,"
the news release states. Simmons, 37, was charged with two counts of accessory
to grand theft. Hough, 38, was charged with 3 counts of petit theft and 2 counts
of grand theft. Both were booked into the Duval County jail.
Clovis, NM: Suspects wearing Halloween masks steal $11,600 worth of glass bongs,
pipes, vape pens, sex pills in smoke shop smash-and-grabs
Two suspects were arrested in multiple smoke shop smash-and-grab burglaries.
Clovis police are looking for a third. Anthony Guerra, 19, was charged with with
aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, two counts of larceny over $2,500, two
counts conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and larceny, and two counts of
criminal damage to property over $1,000. Makayla Kelley, 18, was charged with
aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon, two counts of larceny over $2,500, two
counts conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and larceny, receiving stolen
property over $500 and non-residential burglary. A warrant was issued for Adiano
Benton Harbor, MI: Two suspects arrested following theft of multiple firearms at
The Benton Township Police Department began an investigation with local, state,
and federal law enforcement, into the burglary at Dunham's Sports on Friday,
which has resulted in two arrests.
The initial investigation revealed that a manager at Dunham's was kidnapped at
gunpoint and held hostage by two suspects. Police then say one of the
suspects went to Dunham's after hours and took two large, wheeled, coolers and
made their way to the firearms section of the store, where they proceeded to
steal multiple pistols from display cases and placed them into the coolers. The
suspect then fled the store.
The victim was released by the suspects and called 911. After speaking
with the victim, investigators developed two suspects. Surveillance was
initiated on the suspects and during surveillance the two coolers were seen in
the trunk of one of their cars. The suspects were observed carrying the coolers
into a residence in Benton Township, at which point, search warrants were
executed at multiple locations and two suspects were taken into custody.
Officials say all the stolen pistols, except for one, were successfully
Wayne, NJ: Police Stakeout Nabs Thief Stealing $3K Worth of Steaks
A Passaic County man faces charges after police staked out a food distributor in
Wayne and caught him stealing a pallet of steaks worth $3,000, authorities said.
Police were watching Driscoll Foods on Nov. 11 after business representatives
reported several late-night burglaries at their facilities located at 6 Westbelt,
according to Wayne police Detective Capt. Dan Daly.
Lewisburg, PA: Woman charged with felony for stealing from Walmart multiple
Shootings & Deaths
Anchorage, AK: Panic as Walmart in Anchorage 'evacuated after shooting' and cops
warn shoppers to avoid area
At 5:11 PM on November 19, 2023, Anchorage Police swing shift officers responded
to the Dimond Walmart parking lot in response to reports of a shooting. When
officers arrived, they found a deceased adult female and a deceased adult male.
Officers also located a firearm at the scene. The circumstances of the incident
are under investigation, but Officers have cause to believe this is an isolated
incident. There have been no arrests at this time, and this is an active
Columbus, OH: Woman killed in shooting outside NE Side pet store, suspect
arrested after standoff
A 42-year-old woman died Sunday evening after being shot outside a Northeast
Side shopping center and police arrested the suspect after a brief standoff.
Columbus police received a call about 4:35 p.m. Sunday regarding a shooting
outside the Pet Supplies Plus store on Morse Road in the New Albany Square
shopping center. Officers found 42-year-old Kandi Henderson, who had been shot.
EMTs took Henderson to Mount Carmel East hospital for treatment, but she died at
6:46 p.m. Sunday. Detectives identified 60-year-old Stephan Turner, of the
Northeast Side, as a suspect. Police have not disclosed what relationship, if
any, Turner and Henderson had prior to the shooting. Officers went to Turner's
home in Gahanna and found the vehicle parked in the driveway. At least two other
witnesses told police that Turner had told them he had committed the shooting
and one of those witnesses saw Turner with a handgun, according to police. With
police at his home, Turner barricaded himself inside, leading to a brief
standoff, police said. Turner eventually surrendered and was taken into custody
without further incident.
Orange County, FL: Jury finds Orlando man guilty of manslaughter in killing of
Burger King employee over slow service
An Orlando man who faced a charge of second-degree murder in the 2020 shooting
death of a Burger King employee over slow service was found guilty of
manslaughter Friday by an Orange County jury, court records show. Kelvis
Rodriguez, 41, is accused of fatally shooting 22-year-old Desmond Joshua on Aug.
1, 2020, at a Burger King in the 7000 block of E. Colonial Drive. According to a
witness, the drive-thru was backed up that night, leading to longer wait times
for customers. Prosecutors said that Rodriguez opened fire after his girlfriend,
Ashley Mason, became upset while waiting for food. Mason allegedly exited her
vehicle and yelled about how she would have "her man" come to the restaurant
before the shooting occurred. Mason was reportedly refunded $40 and asked to
leave, which she did, but investigators said she returned with Rodriguez, who
demanded to fight Joshua. Multiple witnesses said that Mason pointed a gun in
the direction of the altercation that began between Joshua and Rodriguez. Mason
was also accused of providing Rodriguez with the gun that he ultimately shot
Joshua with before she and Rodriguez drove off. Joshua was found suffering from
a gunshot wound in the parking lot, deputies said. He died at a hospital.
New Orleans, LA: Police report reveals argument between mailman, alleged
assailant preceded killing
The man accused of fatally
shooting a postal carrier outside of a Gentilly gas station last month
got into an argument with him inside the store moments before the killing,
according to police records. According to a police report, the victim, Calvin
"CJ" Brown Jr., entered the gas station in the 3400 block of Franklin Avenue at
about 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 18, after his shift as a mailman ended. Authorities say
surveillance footage shows Raymond Coats, 20, entering the gas station shortly
after, while a female he arrived with waited outside. Witnesses said the two men
began arguing in the store, then walked outside, with Brown heading toward his
car and Coats walking north, back in the direction he came. The two continued
talking after they split up, when Coats turned around and approached Brown's
car. Coats then took a handgun out of his sweatshirt and fired it four times,
then ran with the female he arrived with, police say in the documents. By 5:24,
nine minutes after Brown walked into the gas station, police were called to the
scene. Brown, 41, was pronounced dead at University Medical Center.
San Mateo County, CA: Woman sentenced to 18 years in prison for 1993 murder of
San Carlos store owner
A 61-year-old Oklahoma woman was sentenced Thursday to 18 years to life in
prison for fatally shooting a San Carlos store owner during a robbery more than
30 years ago, prosecutors said. Rayna Ramos, also known as Rayna Hoffman,
pleaded no contest on Sept. 27 to one count of second-degree murder and admitted
to using a firearm in the commission of the crime, according to the San Mateo
County District Attorney's Office. In addition to the prison term, Ramos was
ordered to pay $8,800 in restitution to the California Victim Compensation Board
and a Restitution Fund fine of $5,000, prosecutors said. Ramos has 915 days, or
roughly 2½ years, credit for time served, according to the district attorney's
San Francisco, CA: Police: Officers fire shots at burglary suspects after chase
in Tracy, 1 suspect wounded
shot a suspect who they say took off running from officers after they responded
to a burglary call at a Best Buy Warehouse in Tracy early Sunday morning,
according to the Tracy Police Department. Around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, officers
responded to the Best Buy Warehouse after receiving a report that multiple
suspects were breaking into trailers at the warehouse. At least two suspects
were on the property and took off from running from officers, police said.
"Shortly after confronting the suspects, an officer-involved shooting occurred,"
the Tracy Police Department said in a news release. Police said three officers
responded to the scene and fired shots at the suspects. One suspect was shot
multiple times, police said. He received medical treatment at the scene and was
rushed to the hospital, police said. He is in critical but stable condition.
Police said they are investigating if the suspects were armed. Two suspects were
detained and a fourth suspect, who police said was a man wearing all black, was
able to escape. Officers are working to identify the suspect and believe there
is no risk to the community. No officers were injured in the incident. The Tracy
Police Department's general investigation unit is working to identify the fourth
suspect, while the San Joaquin District Attorney's Office and California
Department of Justice will be investigating the shooting.
Miami, FL: One man shot in Miami-Dade shopping center
Cops searching for shooter. A man collapsed inside a northwest Miami-Dade
Sedano's supermarket after being shot outside in the shopping center, police
said on Saturday. The injured man is in the hospital in critical condition and
police are searching for the shooter. "We are happy that given that this was a
shooting in broad daylight that there was no one else injured," said Miami-Dade
Police Det. Andre Martin, a spokesperson for the agency. Around 9:40 a.m., the
man, who has not been identified, was driving a van into the Vistas Shopping
Center at 6400 NW 186th Street, Martin said. Moments later, another person drove
up to the van, pulled out a gun and opened fire. The identity of the shooter was
not known and it was unclear whether the shooter followed the van or was already
in the shopping center, police said. The shooter raced out of the shopping
center after the incident.
Incidents & Thefts
UK: Castle Quay: Morrisons worker stabbed repeatedly in front of shoppers as man
arrested for attempted murder
Morrisons worker is fighting for life after being stabbed repeatedly at a store
in Jersey as stunned shoppers watched on in horror. Police were called to the
supermarket at around 1.30pm on Saturday to reports of an incident in Castle
Quay, St Helier on Saturday. They found a woman, 34, who had suffered stab
wounds. She was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital for
further medical assistance. Her condition is described as critical but stable.
It was not clear whether the assailant also worked at Morrisons or whether he
entered the store as a customer. A 55 year-old man has been charged with
attempted murder and is due to appear in magistrates court on Monday morning.
Jersey Police said there was no wider risk to the public. A police cordon was
erected where the stabbing took place as forensic officers combed the crime
scene for evidence.
North Charleston, SC: Police responded to Jewelry store 'smash and grab' at
Northwoods Mall; no shots fired, no arrests
The North Charleston Police Department responded to Northwoods mall this
afternoon for a reported shooting that turned out to be a smash-and-grab.
Officers learned upon arrival of the smash-and-grab because of a jewelry case in
a store at the mall. According to NCPD, no shots were fired.
Athens, AL: Man shot in head, suspect in custody after Facebook sale goes wrong
Chicago, IL: 2 charged in string of smash-and-grab burglaries across Chicago
Fayetteville, NY: On The Lookout: Smash and grab thieves
Best Buy- Tracy, CA -
Burglary/ Sups wounded
C-Store - Farmingdale,
NY - Burglary
C-Store - Chicago, IL
C-Store - San
Francisco, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Fresno, CA -
C-Store - Fresno, CA -
Dollar - Apple Valley,
CA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Federal
Wat, WA - Armed Robbery
Guns - Benton Harbor,
MI - Burglary
Jacksonville Beach, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - North
Charleston, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Rockford, IL - Burglary
Jewelry - Canoga Park, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - North Charleston, SC _Armed Robbery
Liquor - Collinsville
IL - Armed Robbery
Beach, FL - Robbery
Restaurant - Brooklyn,
NY - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Chicago -
Restaurant - Chicago -
Smoke - Temple, TX -
Smoke - Clovis, NM -
• 12 robberies
• 9 burglaries
• 1 shooting
• 0 killed
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