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Tim Lapinski, CFI
was promoted to Director of Loss Prevention at Abercrombie & Fitch. Prior to his promotion, Tim worked with Abercrombie as the Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager. He has held two Regional Loss Prevention Manager positions at both CVS Pharmacy and Hollywood Video and was also District Loss Prevention Manager at Kohl's Department Stores. Congratulations Tim!

Senator Lieberman calls for quick approval of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 to protect critical infrastructure. Senator Lieberman said the bill was carefully crafted to protect privacy and ensure that it is aimed specifically at avoiding cyber attacks that could lead to mass casualties, damage to the economy or destruction of infrastructure necessary for the health and safety of citizens. Proponents to the bill have argued that the Department of Homeland Security wants to take control of the internet. (source

'Anonymous' hackers strike again, targeting the Federal Trade Commission and the National Consumers Protection Week website's. Both sites were replaced with a violent German-language video satirizing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA. (source

Cabela’s to announce a smaller format "Cabela’s Outpost Store" in smaller markets, Q4 profit up. Designed for markets of less then 250,000 people, the first Outpost will open in the fall of 2012 in Union Gap, Washington. They are focusing on new store growth in the western United Sates and Canada. (source

UK retailers closed 14 stores a day in 2011. Multiple retail store chains began to downsize, focusing on more profitable locations, hit hardest were electronics, menswear, books and home furnishings. Convenience, dollar (pound) and supermarkets showed an increase in growth. (source

Happy Birthday to FAO Schwarz celebrating 150 years. Frederick August Otto Schwarz started his story selling stationary in Baltimore and placed toys in the window, when the toys started to out sell his stationary he re-opened his store and focused on toys. FAO Schwarz is now operated by Toys R Us Inc. and kicking off a year long celebration, including Frederick August Otto Schwarz being inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in New York City. (source

Consumers spent $194 billion online in 2011, increase of 16%. The fourth quarter of 2011 totaled $61.8 billion, up 16.1% from $53.2 billion a year ago. Industry analysts calculated that e-commerce accounted for 9.7% of non-adjusted total retail sales during the fourth quarter, up from 8.5% in 2010. (source

Internet sales grow 36% for Abercrombie in 2011. Total e-commerce sales of $552 million accounted for 13.3% of total sales for the year compared to 11% last year. The fourth quarter increase in 2011 was over 40% over last year. (source

Retail container traffic to reach record highs in 2012. The National Retail Federation reported that import cargo shipments would be down 6.8% in February, then start to see a dramatic increase over the first part of 2012. Analysts are hoping this is a trend indicating economic recovery. (source

Cargo theft in Mexico up 13% over last year, experts were expecting it to be higher. Companies have placed more emphasis and budget dollars on security, but still, more than 10,000 hijacking occur each year with losses estimated at $9 billion dollars. (source

Entire family stopped for shoplifting at Burlington Coat, 5 children (ages infant,1,3,5 and 10) with the mother and father. The father was arrested in front of his children; charges may be pending for the mother. The Department of Social Services is now investigating. (source

Best Buy customer acts as a Good Samaritan to assist in an apprehension, nearly stabbed in the chest. Everything happened very quickly as the shoplifters were running out of the store, the customer is in the doorway and assists in tackling the suspect. Seconds later the suspect slashes at the customer with a knife. No one was injured and the two juveniles are in custody. (source

Woman steals two Big Screen TVs --gets caught because of erratic driving. Maybe it was the excitement or thrill of walking out of a Wal-mart with two big screen televisions, but Darra Maulden was almost home when she was pulled over, not for shoplifting, but reckless driving. Police called Wal-Mart to ask about the purchase of the two 47" televisions, the suspect was later booked for felony theft. (source

Kroger Loss Prevention Associated hit with stun gun as he attempts an apprehension. As the two suspects were being escorted back to the security office, the male suspect pulled out and discharged the stun gun. The suspects then ran from the store. Fort Wayne Police continue to look for the male and female suspects and the LP Associate was not seriously injured. (source


Teen age employee arrested for $5,000 in theft from Target. Police say that Jasmine Garcia and a friend stole Xbox video games system, PS3 video game system, a Nintendo Wii video game system, several Apple Ipads, and a television totaling over $4,900. Garcia would void the sale as her friend posed as the customer. (source

Naked man arrested in Exton, PA Wal-Mart. The 6’4 300lbs. man is found in the Wal-Mart store wearing nothing but socks. Verdon Lamont Taylor in now behind bars facing a list of charges, including assault on a Police officer. It is believed drugs may have been involved. There is video on this one. (source

Robbery suspect arrested on street corner trying to sell his items for Valentines day. On February 6th the jewelry department of the Kmart store in Dover, Delaware was robbed of $55,000 in merchandise. Alfredo Guzman has now been charged with that robbery. This week, Guzman was attempting to sell the 218 items, with the price tags still attached on a street corner, until police received a tip and Guzman was attested. (source


Doug Marker
Vice President
LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

Coming in February
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Vice President LP

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Delaware State Police arrest a store owner admitting he sold stolen merchandise. Juan B. Peralta of Philadelphia has been charged with six counts of receiving stolen property and one count of selling stolen property. Police were tipped in August 2011 that known shoplifters were stealing merchandise and selling the items to the owner of the Peralta Food Mart. Search warrants discovered baby formula, razors, pain relievers and clothes. Peralta turned himself in to police. (source
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Timothy Lapinski, CFI was promoted to Director of Loss Prevention at Abercrombie & Fitch.
Rediar Mallard was promoted to LP Manager at Genesco, Inc.
Anson Aflague was promoted to LP Manager at Genesco, Inc.
Gary Grudzielanek was promoted to LP Manager at Genesco, Inc.
Ben Graves was promoted to LP Analyst/Security at Genesco, Inc.
Phil Dutto was promoted to Regional LP Manager at Genesco, Inc.
Michael Molthen was promoted to Senior LP Analyst at Genesco, Inc.

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