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John Bishop, CFE was promoted to Director, Asset Protection for Winn Dixie. He will now be managing AP aspects for both of the merged divisions of Bi-Lo and Winn Dixie and will be reporting directly to Dan Faketty, VP AP. Prior to his promotion, John was a Regional Manager of Loss Prevention for Winn Dixie for over five and a half years. Before that he spent 14 years at Saks Inc, as the Regional Director of Loss Prevention. Congratulations John!

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Last nights NBC's ORC news cast - It makes the Big Time news with video and Dennis Dansak from Kroger.
A must watch for every LP executive. LAAORCA's, Sgt, Kent Oda with Joe LaRocca as well.

The 12th suit hits Wal-Mart as 10 city pension funds sue nearly 30 Wal-Mart executives "The defendants knew or should have known that violations of law were occurring, made no good faith effort to prevent or remedy the situation, and engaged in affirmative acts to cover up the unlawful conduct," the suit argues. "Defendants' conduct resulted in damage to Wal-Mart's reputation and exposed the company to potential criminal and civil liability, including liability for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977." (Source

LinkedIn working closely with the FBI & offers more info & advice for its users after the massive 6.5 million password breach Claiming that the compromised passwords were not published with corresponding email logins, meaning that it is unlikely they could be used to hack into accounts, all member passwords deemed to be at risk have been disabled, and there have been no reports of member accounts being breached as a result of the stolen passwords. He added that the company's in-house security team has changed the password database system. Last week CSO online reported that LinkedIn had no CSO or chief security officer position in the company as well. (Source

The Internet Retailer 2012 Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) last week attracted 8,638 participants to McCormick Place West in Chicago, up 18.3% over last year. The number 1 internet retailer show in the U.S. and it will continue to grow. With 564 exhibitors and speakers that included Barnes & Noble's CEO and's U.S. president this is the internet retailers big show. FYI (Source

Kroger adds a Financial Crimes Investigator to their team - the first ever for the Kroger Company. Dave Picard brings a wealth of experience to this position retiring from the FBI as the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, Sacramento Field Office where he managed the financial crimes unit. Also, Dave is the former Executive Director of Compliance for the North Carolina Banking Commission. Dave will be spearheading investigations and identifying organized groups involved in bad checks, AML issues involving criminal activity and gift card fraud with the emphasis on groups traveling interstate and from Division to Division. He will be working closely with KPF and Certegy and will be also be a valuable resource for Divisions in ORC investigations.

In Sydney, Australia, police bust 72 shoplifters in "Operation Lightfingers" that lasted from June 5th to June 9th at major retail centers in Sydney. Redfern Region Enforcement Squad officers – assisted by police from City Central, The Rocks and Leichhardt Local Area Commands – worked in conjunction with loss prevention staff from a number of retail stores. The operation targeted property theft and fraud within the major retail precincts. Eleven people were arrested and charged to appear in court, 19 Field Court Attendance Notices were issued, 30 criminal infringement notices were issued and 12 juveniles received a formal caution. Police also recovered about $18,500 in stolen goods during the blitz. "We will continue to run operations like this in the future and work with retails stores to stop thefts, as well as other offences committed by individuals in stores." said Redfern Region Enforcement Squad acting commander, detective acting inspector Matt Francis. (Source

Officers from nearly a dozen St. Louis and St. Charles county police departments arrested 38 people accused of shoplifting in a warrant sweep Some were repeat offenders, having committed other crimes. Those 38 arrests actually cleared 123 warrants. (Source

Police recover $40,000 of Bed Bath and Beyond merchandise in Broward County. Two semi trucks, one loaded with $40,000 in merchandise were stolen from a freight yard in Jacksonville and somehow made their way down to South Florida. A GPS device was used to track the tractor trailer rigs, no suspects are in custody at this time. (source

Dishonest Associate may be part of the reason for this small business’ demise. Pennsylvania State Police interviewed the former associate of the SuperPets store and she admitted that she had stolen over $17,000 in the past year. Voided sales, suspicious refunds and even $4600 in cash posted to her credit card account. The store’s general manager noticed the associate had been involved in a high number of returned merchandise transactions and began to investigate. SuperPets has closed. (source

Saturday night disturbance at Wal-Mart in Houma, LA ends with three officers injured and one man dead Investigators say a Houma Police Officer working extra-duty detail at the store, heard 41-year old Randolph Bonvillian junior screaming. When the officer approached him, trying to calm him down, Bonvillian reportedly became belligerent and began fighting the officer. Calling for back-up officers the struggle continued. Investigators say all three officers were injured -- but they were able to subdue Bonvillian. However, Bonvillian became unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at the corners office. The case has been turned over to the Terrebonne Parish Sherriff's Office for a thorough investigation. (Source

The NBA's top security official for the U.S. Women's team at the London Olympics next month has been removed from her post and is suing Geno Auriemma, coach of UConn and the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team for employment discrimination. Kelley Hardwick, the security offer, said in the lawsuit that Auriemma acted vindictively by demanding the NBA remove her from her position as the top security official for the U.S. women's team at the London Olympics in response to her fending off his advances at a hotel in Russia in October 2009. The suit alleges the NBA failed to fully investigate Hardwick's assertion that she thought Auriemma's push to have her removed from the security detail stemmed from her rejecting his advances. Hardwick's suit also claims "she has been a victim of a corporate culture of gender discrimination" in terms of employment possibilities and her salary. The lawsuit names the NBA and USA Basketball in addition to Auriemma. (Source

International hacker - 21-year-old Dutch citizen extradited from Romania to the U.S. for stealing 44,000 credit card numbers and selling them online The suspect, arrested in Romania in March, was indicted on 14 counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, intentional damage to a computer, and access device fraud. "This defendant has wrought havoc on victims and financial institutions around the world. This indictment alleges that in just one transaction he trafficked in as many as 44,000 stolen credit card numbers resulting in millions of dollars in losses to financial institutions," said U.S. attorney Jenny A. Durkan. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Schrooten and Christopher A. Schroebel, 21, of Maryland marketed stolen credit card numbers online. Schroebel is accused of hacking into the point of sale computer of a restaurant in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood and in a restaurant supply store in Shoreline. (Source

Mother-of-five and professional shoplifter "boasted of spending benefits on a boob job" and is finally jailed in the UK A jobless woman who boasted of spending thousands of pounds of her benefits on a life of luxury - including $7,100 on breast enlargement surgery - has been jailed for persistent shoplifting. Fannin became notorious in October 2010 when she boasted that she splurged much of her 29,000 pound-a-year benefits on luxury items, running up 10,000 pounds debts on credit cards. She told Closer magazine, using the name Kelly Marshall: 'Some people might think I'm a scrounger but I don't think me or my children should miss out on nice things just because I have never worked.' A judge previously told her that she was a 'near professional shoplifter' and said she had been 'perilously close to prison'. Now she's in prison. (Source
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Woman shoplifts $200 in merchandise from Dollar General to donate to needy school children. Police recovered the stolen merchandise from a school recycling bin, plus some items the 47 year old still had in her purse. (source

Domino's female pizza delivery woman stabbed 50 times and bludgeoned to death making a delivery in northwest Georgia and police arrested two teenagers. (

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Canada's Senate is considering Bill C-26 The Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act, passed by parliament in early May and it will impact the retail Loss Prevention industry There isn’t much doubt that this will be signed into law very shortly, but along with it has come a tirade of comments from the security industry on what they seem to think it means. This is a game changer in the Canadian security industry and can impact retailers as well. Bill C-26 does NOT broaden the powers of arrest of security guards or loss prevention officers to make their powers similar to those of a peace officer under section 495 by permitting an arrest on reasonable grounds at some point later. The amendment does alter the time period within which a security guard can make an arrest. It lengthens it from "immediately" to "a reasonable time after." This is a dangerous development for risk managers and a severe tightening of policies and procedures is now necessary to avoid any unlawful detentions/arrests and the legal backlash along with it. So what is the definition of a "reasonable time later?" Common sense should tell you the answer. This is a must read for all Canadian retailers and U.S. retailers with stores in Canada because now the gray area is wide open. (Source

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Toronto's Eaton Center food court shooter incident June 2nd that left 1 killed and 7 injured, showed that the Mall guards were well trained and responded accordingly.
Mike Burgess, who provides training to the Eaton Centre security force, says they handled the June 2 shooting incident like professionals. The police were complimentary of their work. (Source


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The Drug Store Industry's ORC Leaders, Part 2 of 4

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The Drug Store Industry's ORC Leaders, Part 2
with Joe LaRocca, senior retail partner and senior advisor of Asset Protection for the NRF, Jerry Biggs - Walgreens Director of ORC, Jim Lynch - CVS's Dir. LP Corp. Investigations & Security, and Cathy Langley - Rite Aid's Senior Director of Asset Prevention. This series is a specialized and focused group, all from the same industry that happens to probably be the most impacted retail segment of all as it relates to Organized Retail Crime. We talk about where they are and how they measure what they're doing in regards to tackling ORC. From staffing ORC positions to leading them, this group gives you the ability to hear about how ORC is impacting the drug store industry and how they're responding. Filmed Feb. 2012


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ORC Joint Operation - Gilroy, CA

Gilroy, CA - There will be an ORC Operation in the Gilroy Outlet Center on July 18 and 19, 2012. The Gilroy Police Department has committed that they will be a part of the operation and CHP has indicated they are likely to be involved in the operation as well. There have been a few retailers that have committed that they will be on site and involved but we will need more participation in an effort that will be a major offensive to Organized Retail Crime in the area. I encourage you to contact me at: to stay in touch on the operation as well as participate.

There is a news crew from NBC who is very interested in the operation according to CHP and our position on this is "that if the local news affiliate wants to come and cover our handiwork AFTER we have landed something and they want to film everyone all lined up and stacks of recovered stolen product, they are welcome to do so. However, we cannot make a decision like this for every retailer involved in this operation". Any retailer who wants to be involved in this operation and doesn't want their company information disclosed will have the right to that privacy.

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Seguin, TX police bust "major theft ring" ORC group stealing TVs from Wal-Mart stores Investigators say at least eight TVs were stolen from the Seguin store alone. Roger West, Gloria Vasquez, Chanda Woods and David Soto are all charged with engaging in organized retail theft. Detectives tell us they are still looking for a fifth suspect, Joseph Woods. The suspects are also accused of carrying out other thefts in Seguin and the surrounding area. (Source

Two Russian nationals busted traveling four Southern states using other people's ID's purchasing discounted smartphones on long term contracts and selling them online. Stopped for speeding the two women had 81 smartphones, 27 drivers licenses, a laminator, holographic foil, ID cutter, a digital camera, printer and identifying information for 21 people. Buying the smartphones in Houston, Nashville, Little Rock, Knoxville, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Frisco, Plano, Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin. These two were just hitting the road buying smartphones with long term contracts and dumping them. The retail value of the phones seized was $40,500 alone. Criminals who buy smartphones at a discount by shoving long-term wireless contracts onto identity-theft victims can easily double their money on online. (Source

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Universal Surveillance Systems enthusiastically thanks and recognizes Jack Christin, Paul Jones and John Mearls of eBay for their generous support of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through their Gold Level sponsorship at this year’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

For years, eBay has been a major supporter of loss prevention through their extensive participation in the USS Regional ORC Conferences and their close work with retailers of all types to identify thieves and stolen merchandise and to aid in efforts to stop organized retail crime rings.

"eBay has revolutionized the world of online shopping, and their philanthropic assistance matches their global market contributions," said USS President and CEO Adel Sayegh. "They have been a solid partner and supporter of numerous worthy causes, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Adopt-A-Bike program of the USS Foundation as well as their partnership in our regional and global efforts against ORC. Their outstanding support of charities is a model for others."

eBay is the world’s largest online marketplace and the world’s leading ecommerce company. eBay was founded in 1995 to allow users to buy or sell practically anything without complications. As of 2011, eBay has over 100 million active users.

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