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US Supreme Court vacates life sentence for Oklahoma City woman convicted of shoplifting The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated a life sentence that an Oklahoma City woman is serving for a shoplifting conviction. The high court issued the one-paragraph order Monday for Cecilia Cathleen Rodriguez, who was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to grand larceny for stealing two purses from a Dillard's department store. Oklahoma County District Court Judge Ray C. Elliott handed down the sentence, calling Rodriguez a "one-person crime wave," Rodriguez was a heroin addict who had been punished almost 30 other times for theft-related crimes dating to 1971.  (source

Best Buy to close 50 stores, launching 100 new mobile locations. Same store sale declined 2.3% while revenue fell 1.1%. Best Buy is targeting more than $800 million in cost savings by 2015, largely expected through layoffs and store closings. The company will layoff 400 employees within its management and support channels. (source

Michael Glazer appointed to president and CEO of Stage stores. Stage announced that former CEO Andy Hall has resigned from the company and the board; Hall was the former COO since 2006 and served as CEO since 2008. Glazer was the former president and CEO of KB Toys and has 37 years of retail experience.  (source

H&M rumors of a new retail chain; plans to add 275 stores worldwide. Fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB said Thursday that it had been hit by the high price of cotton as it reported a five percent increase in earnings for the first quarter on rising sales. (source

Free Drinks. Palmer’s, a small restaurant chain in Des Moines violated the law and the owner has come up with an idea. The lawsuit, filed initially on June 1, 2011, accused Palmer’s of willfully violating a 2003 federal law that requires the truncation of credit card numbers and expiration dates on printed store receipts. Court papers allege that Palmer’s exposed customers to possible identity theft by printing full card expiration dates on its receipts. The law includes statutory penalties requiring merchants to pay between $100 and $1,000 for each "willful violation" of its rules. Palmer’s will give you a free soft drink (with the purchase of $5), if you can prove you used your credit card in the restaurant during 2008 to 2011. The deal also avoids financial ruin for Palmer’s, which court papers say processed nearly 754,000 credit and debit card transactions at its five locations. (source

Orange County man has pleaded guilty to running an identity theft ring that bought luxury goods to sell online. The district attorney's office says Christopher Aragon of Capistrano Beach entered pleas Monday to 50 felony charges, including grand theft and conspiracy. He's expected to receive a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. Aragon hired the crew of mostly women to purchase high-end merchandise including designer purses, jewelry, clothing and electronics throughout California and to Las Vegas. (source

Walgreens in North Miami mobbed by 100 protesting students.
Police estimate between 400 and 500 students of the North Miami Beach High School had staged a peaceful protest regarding the case of Travyon Martin. Then 100 students decided to swarm the Walgreens. Walgreens estimated damages at $150 for broken displays; the video does not show any ransacking or theft. (source

Purse snatching at knife point in a Burlington Coat Factory store in Frederick, Maryland.
A young male and female entered the store, targeted one customer and brandished a knife, stealing her purse and running from the store. Video of the incident is being reviewed by police but the suspects remain at large. (source

Two Wichita females nabbed; suspects had over $5000 from Kohl’s. Loss Prevention and Wichita Police have recovered the merchandise, but not until after they struggled with the pair of shoplifters in the parking lot. (source

Car set on fire as a distraction for 9 suspects robbing a jewelry store. The suspects pulled up to the store front, exited the vehicle and then set it ablaze. As everyone outside was focused on the burning SUV, 9 men entered the store and smashed and grabbed the jewelry and gold. (source

Man dines and dashes from grocery store, threatens store employees and assaults police. A man's escapade through a Price Chopper supermarket landed him in jail Sunday after he devoured a roasted chicken, dumped the remnants in a live lobster tank, threatened shocked employees and assaulted the responding officer with his cane. Randall was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats, retail theft, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, driving with a suspended license and driving an unregistered vehicle. (source

Prada posts 72 percent increase in net profits. (source

Quarterly Same Store Results

Laura Ashley up 3.3% with net sales up 0.3%



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2012 International Organization of Black Security Executives

Spring Conference
April 18-20
Chicago, IL

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Retail Fraud 2012

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Novotel West, London

April 19, 2012

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2012 Retail
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September 12, 2012
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Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance (WSORCA)

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eBay Inc. Names New President of PayPal

eBay Inc, Chief Executive Officer, John Donahoe announced a new President of its PayPal financial services division today. David Marcus will assume responsibility for this global financial function effective immediately. Donahoe said "He has a strong passion for creating innovative products that delight and engage customers. And he is an entrepreneur at heart, with a strong bias for action and execution. David’s appointment is an important next step as we become a more innovative, technology and product-driven company that delights our users every day". Marcus joined eBay's PayPal in August 2011 after it bought Zong, a mobile payments company that he founded and has been PayPal's vice president of mobile since joining the business. eBay said. Click here for full article.

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LAAORCA Session - Retail LP & AP; So, what do we do? -- Coming soon!

LAAORCA Leaders - Part Three:
Filmed in Los Angeles the week of LAAORCA's 3rd annual conference the LAAORCA leaders were gracious enough to take the time to sit down and talk with LPNN and share how they developed their association, how it works, and what's involved. In this four part series they talk about exactly how their model operates and give some great advice on how a city or group of retail LP executives can come together and form their own association.

With Captain Bill Williams, Commanding Officer, Commercial Crimes Division, LAPD & LAAORCA Law Enforcement Co-Chair; Kent Oda, LAPD Detective; George Torres, CVS & LAAORCA Retail Co-chair; and Joe LaRocca, Senior retail partner and Senior AP Advisor to the NRF - the group's highly energized discussion serves as a great example of how retail and public law enforcement partnerships can successfully work. A must watch for any retail LP executive who is interested in the national ORC efforts. Stayed tuned tomorrow for the final episode.

Organized Retail Crime Series

LAAORCA Leaders -- Part Three

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Coming soon.   LAAORCA Session - Retail LP & AP; So, what do we do? -
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High end watches running out the door; 3 Florida suspects escape with $215,000 worth of Rolex and Breitling time pieces. Sales people are trained to control the number of pieces taken out of a showcase. This sales person broke the rule. (source

Excerpts from GAO-11-675:  Efforts to Combat Organized Retail Crime

The U.S. Government Accountability Office ORC report June 2011

Merging Regional Networks Helping Retail and Law Enforcement Partners Share ORC Information and Build Potential Cases

Continued from yesterday:

All of the law enforcement stakeholders we interviewed recognized the regional networks as an important tool to consolidate ORC stakeholder contacts and share information among members in a timely manner. According to three law enforcement officials we spoke with, these types of regional networks can be particularly helpful because—through the theft incident alerts—investigators may identify suspects who are wanted for other potential crimes. As a result, these networks may help ensure that multiple cases involving the same individuals are linked together to better leverage resources and avoid duplication. In Albuquerque, for example, a law enforcement official stated that hundreds of cases have been linked through the information-sharing network in that region since its inception in 2008, including one involving a retail-theft ring connected to over $400,000 in stolen merchandise.

To date, individual law enforcement agencies have taken the lead to develop these regional networks but retailers have played a major support role and, in some cases, have served as the primary funding sources for site development and maintenance. While some regional networks have taken advantage of free technology platforms such as Google Groups, more developed networks have entailed dedicated funding and contractor support. For example, the Los Angeles Police Department fully funded the initial development of the LAAORCA system, which was among the regional networks that we reviewed with more advanced capabilities. However, this project included participation from major retailers, as well as the National Retail Federation. Although the Los Angeles Police Department provides the majority of funding for ongoing operation of the network, a non-profit entity was established to receive financial support from members to help fund ongoing meetings and conferences. More importantly, it appears that other law enforcement agencies may be able to build upon the success and investment of the regional networks already established. For example, a law enforcement official responsible for establishing the BAORCA system in Northern California noted that he worked with the same contractor that developed the networks in Albuquerque and Los Angeles, and was able to utilize the same technology platform for minimal development cost. According to this official, the BAORCA network was developed and implemented for less than $2,000 plus additional annual operating and maintenance costs of approximately $1,500. Initial and ongoing costs have been fully supported by four member retailers. The Cook County State Attorney’s office was similarly able to utilize existing technology platforms to develop its Web site, for which initial funding was provided by Target. These examples illustrate the potential to leverage resource investments and an opportunity to develop partnerships between law enforcement agencies and retail stakeholders to help sustain these regional networks in the longer term.


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3VR's CEO Congratulates 24 Hour Fitness LP Team

Submitted by Al Shipp, CEO of 3VR

A huge congratulations to Owen Shackleton, the National Director of Loss Prevention for 24 Hour Fitness USA, on being honored as the Security/IT Department of the Year in the 2012 InfoSecurity Global Excellence awards. 3VR has the privilege of working with Owen and can speak firsthand to his dedication to protecting and securing 24 Hour Fitness, a fitness chain with over 420 locations, 4 million members and 21,000 employees worldwide, that remains open around the clock and logs 167 million workouts per year. 24 Hour Fitness faces all varieties of security threats, including employee fraud, membership fraud, identify theft, locker room vandalism, retail shrinkage at facilities that sell apparel, and stolen gym towels, a seven-figure problem. The club’s high foot traffic coupled with its rapid growth, at a rate of 20 to 25 locations annually, presents a broad challenge which Owen has tackled with highly strategic expenditures and resourcing decisions.

Our relationship with 24 Hour Fitness began when several units in their analog camera and embedded DVR system approached the end of their lifespan, prompting the security team to evaluate new security options. After researching the market, Owen and his team collaborated with integrator ADT to implement a 3VR Video Intelligence Platform solution, working closely with the internal IT department to confirm that 3VR technology meshed with the existing IT infrastructure. They favored 3VR because of the Platform’s video management and search capabilities, ease of use, reliability and the ability to integrate deeply with a range of business and security systems.

The team effort has truly paid off. Owen and the 24 Hour Fitness security team have used the new 3VR system to help save time, streamline investigations, provide pertinent data to local store management rapidly and push evidence to local law enforcement almost instantaneously. An example of the team’s successes includes successfully reducing shrinkage by linking their POS system with 3VR’s exception reporting application, providing video detail on all transactions.

From everyone at 3VR, congratulations again to Owen and his team!


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How to Manage Difficult but Talented Employees Many employees who are very difficult can also be exceptional contributors. Sometimes the same keen intelligence that makes them talented also makes them challenging. Do you think Steve Jobs and Bill Gates would have been easy to manage? (Not a piece of cake)

Cultivating Charisma: How Personal Magnetism Can Help (Or Hurt) You at Work Olivia Fox Cabane, author of "The Charisma Myth," talks about why charisma is so critical to business and how special Jedi mind tricks can help get you there in this interview with Fast Company.
(May the Force be with you)
Five Ways to Make Corporate Space More Creative The places we work and the ways we think are inextricably lined: a few changes to one inform the other. It's possible to shape an environment to encourage creativity and collaboration. (Improve your workplace)

6 Tips for Making Better Decisions The one thing everyone on the planet has in common is the undeniable fact we've all made our fair share of regrettable decisions. Even leaders who don't fail make bad decisions from time-to-time. Here are six tips to help.
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Energy is the primary force behind success and without it mediocrity or failure is almost guaranteed. The ability to move things forward and influence change requires energy and there's a direct correlation to the amount of it and to the degree of success. It's great to start off energized and gung ho about a project or initiative, but it's critical to maintain the energy thru to completion. As one senior executive has said, "there's no bad plan -- it's always a matter of execution" and execution is all about energy. So when you think you've lost your energy, take a break, do something different, and give your mind a chance to re-energize. Because the worst thing you can do is to try to execute without it.

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