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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Metro | Criminal Justice

METRO  |  CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Gainesville law enforcement, researchers weigh the impact of rising online scams

When 80-year-old Richard Thomas got a call from his grandson from jail asking for $5,000, he told his son, Ernest Thomas. Thomas immediately began the drive to Gainesville from his home in Miami to grab his son. There was only one problem: the grandson, 21-year-old UF student Nathan Thomas, wasn’t in jail. He was studying in his room and never called his grandfather.


METRO  |  CRIMINAL JUSTICE

UF spearheads nationwide effort to combat retail theft

From Target to Topgolf, 85 of the nation’s largest retail stores rely on technology developed by the Gainesville-based Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) to deter shoplifting. The SaferPlaces Lab, a simulated storefront located at the UF Innovation Hub, is at the forefront of this nationwide initiative to protect retail shoppers financially and physically.



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