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New Jersey State Police Cargo Theft Unit recovered $450,000. Two men have been arrested for the theft of over $450,000 in high end clothing, perfume and bedding from a Secaucus department store distribution center. One of the men was a store employee who was responsible for misdirected freight. NJSP Cargo Theft investigators hit several units of a self-storage facility in Hillsborough on Tuesday, where they found much of the stolen goods, taken from several major retailers; the merchandise was being sold at flea markets. (source

Visa and MasterCard warn banks of massive security breach. The card companies warned banks of a potential breach at a US-based credit card processor. The breach was believed to have occurred between January 21 and February 25 and may involve more than 10 million compromised card numbers. (Source

Army and Air Force Exchange name the first civilian CEO. Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella is retiring after more than 36 years of service. In accordance with new regulations, the Exchange was directed to convert the Commanding General’s position from that of a Major General to a Senior Executive Service civilian in April 2012. COO Mike Howard will take over as acting director/CEO, making this the first time in the AAFES’s 116-year history that a civilian will lead the organization. (source

Man sentenced in ATM $300,000 identity theft scam. California's newly-created "E-Crime Unit" has chalked up it's first major victory. A scam artist who preyed on victims in Fresno County has been sentenced to prison. 48-year old Gervork Aroutiounyan was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 4 years in prison for skimming debit card information from chase bank customers in Fresno and a half dozen other counties. Attorney General Kamala Harris says Aroutiounyan and his partner made off with more than $320,000 after replacing card readers at ATM machines. (source

Man charged with ID theft after agents raid Trump Tower home. Dimitar Vangelov, 27, of the 400 block of North Wabash Avenue was arrested Monday when agents with the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. DEA and the Chicago Police Financial Crimes Unit executed a search warrant. The Bulgarian man lived in a $3,500 per month apartment, drove a Mercedes 500 series and had no apparent income. Police recovered eight credit cards and gift cards and believe Vangelov had more than 300 other credit cards. The Illinois Attorney General's office said Vangelov was charged with one count of Class 2 identity theft and ordered held on a $25,000 cash bond. He must prove any money put up for bail is legitimate before he is released. (source

3 charged in robbery, at Lord & Taylor, Rockaway Townsquare. An associate was dragged by the get-a-way car as he attempted to recover stolen merchandise, escalating the $140 shoplifting to robbery. The three suspects have been arrested and are being charged with robbery, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit robbery and aggravated assault, endangering an injured person by leaving the scene and assault-by-auto. (source

Reseda man charged in $450,000 theft of movie posters. Christian Eric Stevens, 36 accused of stealing an estimated 3,000 movie posters from CBS worth more than $450,000 and selling them on an online auction site. The criminal complaint includes an allegation that Stevens took property with a value exceeding $200,000 from CBS between June 3, 2011, and March 27, 2012. (source

Oswego,New York man busted 4 times in 2 weeks. Oswego is a city of 122,000 people and Bruce Macmillan must be known by face at every retail store in town. In a period of two weeks he has been charged with five felonies and two misdemeanors stemming from thefts and possession of stolen property. Wal-mart, Staples, Kinney Drugs and Palmer TV are all connected to Macmillan who now faces multiple charges, but was released on his own recognizance. (source

Police are seeking the identity of ORC suspects in Ormond Beach, Florida. The estimated theft from Walgreens totaled $3,120 and the pair is believed to be targeting CVS stores as well. Thieves targeted Mucinex, Allegra, Abrevia and Crest White Strips. (source

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Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance (WSORCA)

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eBay Supported Investigation Leads to Jail Terms

eBay Global Asset Protection team supported criminal investigation leads to guilty plea’s and jail sentences in multi-million dollar fraud scheme. According to their plea agreements, between September 2009, through January 2011 they conspired to steal computer monitors and other equipment from Dell Inc. by exploiting Dell’s warranty program. Using variations of the name Precision Tech Experts, the suspects posted offers to sell Dell equipment that they did not possess. Once a buyer purchased the item, the suspects would access Dell’s website, transfer a legitimate owner’s warranty to the buyer, and then make a false claim to Dell for a replacement part. The suspects were sentenced March 19 by U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake to 37 and 33 months in federal prison, respectively, for interstate transportation of stolen property. They were also ordered to pay $1,050,000 in restitution to Dell Inc.
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D&D Daily Canadian Push

Marshall opens six new stores in Canada. Marshalls is expanding in Canada with six new stores in Oshawa, Hamilton, Burlington, Kitchener, Barrie and Ottawa which opened yesterday. Marshalls entered the Canadian market last year opening Toronto area stores. Marshalls is owned by the TJX Companies which also operates Winners and Home Sense in Canada. (source

Target reveals 12 new Quebec store locations, opening fall of 2013. (source

United States and Canada top report on malware attack focus. In Websense's annual review of global security threats, it observed that more malware connections, hosting, and phishing are occurring in the U.S. and Canada. In the past year, Canada's malware ranking has zoomed upward. The countries in the top five ranking of Malware connections include U.S. with 50%, Canada at 13.2%, Germany at 5.4%, the Netherlands at 4.9% and China at 4.1%. For phishing, Canada was also second with 9.8%. (Source

Brinks truck dumps $5 million in Canadian coins on a highway. A Brinks truck hit an outcropping of rock and was torn open, leaving ankle deep coins along the highway in Northern Ontario. The Brinks truck set off a chain reaction with other vehicles, including a truck loaded with candy. The drivers were hospitalized with life threatening injuries. (source

Canadian pennies to be removed from circulation. Canada will withdraw the penny from circulation this year because it costs more to produce than its face value. The Canadian government will save around $11 million a year by withdrawing the one-cent coins from circulation. (source

Home Hardware ex-employee arrested for stealing $1.5 million. RCMP issued a country wide warrant for Theresa Foley related to 98 fraud charges and theft from the Home Hardware store in Manitoba. Ms. Foley was taken into custody at her new home in St. John’s. (source

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

LAAORCA Leaders - Final Part:
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.

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

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

LERPnet Provides a Mechanism to Share Data Nationally, but Stakeholders Report That Use of the Database by Retailers and Law Enforcement Has Been Limited

As part of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, the Attorney General and the FBI were required to establish a task force to provide expertise to the retail community for the establishment of a national database, to be housed and maintained in the private sector and to track and identify where organized retail theft crimes occur. According to the legislation, the national database was to allow federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, as well as authorized retail companies, to transmit information into the database and review information that was submitted electronically. According to the statement of the amendment’s sponsor, the database was, among other things, intended to help provide federal law enforcement with information illustrating the interstate nature of organized retail theft crimes. While funds were authorized in the act for activities related to federal efforts to combat organized retail theft and for working with the private sector to establish and use the database, no money was ever appropriated under this section. Despite the lack of federal funding, a working group was established—comprised of the FBI and three major retail associations—to move forward with the development of the database. One retail association, NRF, ultimately took ownership of the project and provided the sole funding for the creation of what became known as the Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network (LERPnet). LERPnet became operational for retailers in 2007 and was linked to Law Enforcement Online ( in January 2010, which provided access to all federal, state, and local law enforcement officers.

Despite initial support, none of the five retailers we interviewed found LERPnet to be a useful system for sharing information and identifying trends related to ORC. Two retailers told us they discontinued their membership in LERPnet because it did not provide a sufficient return on investment. A major retailer, which continues to support LERPnet, further indicated that its internal data along with regional information-sharing networks have generally been more useful than LERPnet in investigating ORC. While all five indicated that they believed in the goal of LERPnet as a way to share information, some felt it lacked sophisticated analytics to help retailers identify trends and standardized data entry (each retailer chooses what information to enter). Retail stakeholders indicated analytical tools to help identify national-level ORC trends and patterns would be useful, helping to connect suspect information. Local law enforcement officials we interviewed also indicated that LERPnet was not widely used to facilitate their investigative efforts. Specifically, officials from eight of the local law enforcement agencies stated that they rely primarily on regional information-sharing networks as their cases are typically regional in nature. According to these officials, the regional networks are most relevant to local law enforcement because they are specifically targeted to the investigative area and bordering jurisdictions and provide real-time updates.

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Axis Communications Announces New Products at ISC West

It only seemed natural for Axis to make a big announcement at one of the industry’s biggest tradeshows – ISC West. On Wednesday, March 28th Axis announced the release of the following products:

· AXIS Q87-E Series Network Camera
· AXIS M1143-L and AXIS M1144-L Network Cameras
· Eight new AXIS P33 Fixed Dome Network Cameras
· AXIS T8604 Media Converter Switch
· AXIS T8129 Power over Ethernet Extender
· AXIS T8640 Ethernet over Coax Adapter PoE+

With the release of these new products, Axis continues to expand its IP video offering and address the needs of the market. The new AXIS Q87-E Series combines HDTV performance and thermal technology for mission critical detection, recognition and identification. The successful AXIS M11 Network Camera Series welcomes two strong additions to the family: the AXIS M1143-L and AXIS M1144-L Network Cameras with integrated IR-LED illumination and mechanical IR-cut filters for true day/night surveillance. The eight new AXIS P33 Fixed Dome Network Cameras include indoor models streamlined for cost-efficiency, as well as indoor and outdoor models offering features such as vandal resistance, audio, I/O ports and integrated IR illumination. The new AXIS P33 Series Network Cameras also feature Axis’ revolutionary Lightfinder technology. And finally, Axis takes you farther with three new accessories that extend the distance and power of a network surveillance system and help drive the shift to digital surveillance.

Matt Flanagan
fama PR, Inc.

Domenic Locapo
Axis Communications Inc.

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Johnny Custer, LPC was named Director, Crime DataShares for Verisk Crime Analytics.
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Why Great Leaders Are in Short Supply We're living with something of an irony right now regarding leadership. On the one hand, the topic has never bee more studied and written about. On the other hand, we are experiencing a dearth of leadership in society. Perhaps it's really not so ironic that there would be this inverse relationship: the deeper we sink into leadership crisis, the more it shows up on the agendas of think tanks and conferences. (Past leaders had the advantage)

The One Skill All Leaders Should Work On If there was one skill you had to pick for the majority of leaders, what would it be? You should answer assertiveness. Not because being assertive is such a wonderful trait in and of itself. Rather, because of its power to magnify so many other leadership strengths.
(We don't mean be pushy)
8 Steps to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need So much attention is paid to whether employees are "engaged" in their jobs or not. But managers at all levels need to periodically ask themselves a similar question: Are YOU engaged in managing your employees? The truth is, employees look to their bosses to get what they want and need at work. (Get involved)

Five Way to Become a Better Team Player Almost every employer these days is seeking "good team players" -- but what does that actually mean? The job requirements of today's employees have changed profoundly. Here are five tips from Harvard professor Amy Edmondson on how to make teamwork more successful.
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Sometimes you've just got to draw the line on what advice to follow and who you ask. Certainly getting advice is important on any issue or decision. But at the end of the day you've got to own your own decision and listen to the bird on your shoulder. We all have one and oftentimes it's muted by our friends and family members. At 5 am staring into that mirror is usually when the bird whispers the clearest. The only problem then is if you don't hear it because you're not listening.

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