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May 2, 2011

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Coming May 13:
Doug Marker
Vice President, LP, Risk and Audit,
Michael Stores, Inc.

Coming May 20
Paul Jones
Head of Global
Asset Protection,
eBay, Inc.

LP Program Spotlight
eBay's PROACT Team

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University of Florida
Security Research Project

Sr. LP Executives can email for NRSS Survey


Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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May 3, 2011
LP Professional Development Call, hosted by the women in LP Caucus
2:00 p.m. Eastern

May 3-4, 2011
NRF LP Legislative Committee Meeting
Washington, DC

May 16-19, 2011
National Level Exercise

May 11-13, 2011
International Anticounterfeiting Coalition
2011 Annual Spring Conference

The St. Regis
San Francisco

August 7-10, 2011
National Food Service Security Council
32nd Annual Meeting

Hyatt Grand Champion
Indian Wells, CA

October 4-6, 2011

CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail
2nd Annual Training Conference
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno, NV





Michigan Gift card ORC ring leader sentenced to 25 years and must make $2.1 million in restitution and forfeit her home in Cape Coral, Florida.  Working with Meijer's Loss Prevention investigators the U.S. Secret Service started the investigation in Dec. 2008 and led to the arrest of 15 people that had been traveling the U.S. making purchases  with falsely encoded cards.  (Source

Another ORC suspect sentenced in Lebanon, PA to 6-14 years in prison for "belonging to a corrupt organization and retail theft" where he and 15 others were being under-rang by a cashier in a local Wal-Mart store.  (Source

Starbucks stores have become popular places in New York City for thieves to steal while customers leave their belongings on tables while they stand in line.  "From Times Square to the Village to Brooklyn Heights, Starbucks pop up again and again on police blotters. Officers have set up stings in some of the chain’s 289 NYC stores. A commander even asked one branch to put up a sign warning customers; the manager demurred, saying such a sign "required corporate approval."  (Source

Gas stations are expecting increased theft and more drive-offs with the prices skyrocketing.  One operator said because our margins are so tight, you have to pump $1,500 in revenue to recover $40 (in stolen gas)."  (Source

Shreveport, Louisiana, Financial Crimes Task Force seized $1 million in counterfeit merchandise in 5 different businesses last week and two women had actually been issued cease and desist orders during a similar investigation last year.  (Source reports that thieves broke into a San Francisco store through the roof last Thursday night and made off with an undisclosed amount of Apple devices.  (Source

A Cape Coral, Florida, police officer responding Saturday night to a shoplifter call at the local Wal-Mart store was injured when the shoplifter hit the patrol vehicle with his car and fled.  The police officer, while fearing for his life, fired several times at the suspect's vehicle.  The suspect was apprehended later that evening.  (Source

Here's one for a wild story -- an 18-year-old Virginia man crawling around on all fours in a Wal-Mart store stole 26 gallons of milk - was never stopped by anyone - got by the door greeters and loss prevention - was spotted near the store handing out the stolen moo juice to passerbyers - and was later apprehended at a nearby McDonalds eating a Happy Meal - and not a recording in the store!  (Source

Dish's big gamble of buying Blockbuster is all about internet video and Dish's CEO says Blockbuster has valuable streaming technology and he plans on using the 500 stores they're leasing to sell its subscriptions and TV set-top boxes.  This article is a great read on the whole story of the downfall and the CEO's gamble.  While it doesn't deal with the 1,200 remaining stores, it certainly gives you the feeling they will be closing.   (Source

Chicago police arrest 3 vendors selling 400 pairs of counterfeit Nike's at the Southwest Side market Friday.  (Source

Australia is getting flooded with fake goods and authorities are warning consumers that they're at risk of serious injury and death with exploding mobile phone batteries, chemicals in soap that can burn a child's skin and hair straighteners that can deliver deadly shocks.  (Source

According to CyberFactors, the Epsilon breach last month could cost as high as $4 billion depending on what becomes of the data that was stolen.  The more conservative costs according to CyberFactors of the March 30th breach is $637.5 million, which is a far cry from what the CEO of Epsilon's parent company said when he projected no "meaningful" costs.  "Typically with breaches, these costs come stumbling in over several years, with about 51% being realized in the first year and 42.2% in the second year, with the remaining 6.8% coming in at three years or later" the report says.  "Costs to Epsilon's customers could be $5.5 million each for notification of their customers about the theft, settlements to those customers, legal defense, compliance adjustments and loss of business" the report says.  (Source

The Sony PlayStation hackers claim to have as many as 2.2 million credit card numbers and the card verification value (CW) security codes and are trying to sell the database through online black market forums -- all despite Sony saying the credit card database was encrypted.  (Source

The devastating storms last week still have some stores without power in the southeast and the retail loss will be in the hundreds of millions as dozens of communities are struggling in the aftermath.  Certainly a terrible, but real disaster preparedness reality and even more reason to participate in the upcoming
National Level Exercise May 16-19, 2011.

With Osama Bin Laden dead, one must ask will they retaliate?  While the U.S. State Department urges U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to be on the alert, we in the Loss Prevention community should also be on the alert because this is the time when anything could happen, with law enforcement agencies across the U.S. adding security measures out of what one called "an abundance of caution." (Source Associated Press)

A&P gets court approval to sell 22 Superfresh supermarket stores in Maryland and 3 in Delaware which could cost 1,600 jobs if no buyer is found.  (Source

Acme Markets, a division of Supervalu in Malvern, PA which operates 117 stores, will reduce its workforce by 900 part-time positions due to losses in sales.  (Source

Upcoming event!
May 3, 2011
LP Professional Development Call
Hosted by the Women in LP Caucus
2:00 p.m. Eastern


eBay Investigation Leads to Conviction of Former Chief Librarian

eBay Asset Protection Investigators assisted into the investigation of former chief librarian suspected of the theft of books and other material leads to conviction and sentence. The firmer librarian was found guilty of theft and fraud after selling equipment that did not belong to her. She was accused of using her position as chief librarian to sell language box sets and equipment without permission. Councillor Graham Henson, responsible for performance, customer services and corporate services, said: "This was a shocking abuse of position and theft from the public purse which is all the more galling given the financial challenges we face. The suspect was immediately suspended when these matters came to light and she was later dismissed following a thorough investigation."  The Council's corporate fraud team worked closely with the police, who assisted in her arrest, and with eBay to secure this conviction. (Click here for article.)

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