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September 12, 2011

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Loss Prevention and
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October 12, 2011
NRF-Investigator's Network Meeting
NYC Metro Area

October 19, 2011
NRF-Investigator's Network Meeting
McLean, VA


5th Annual
Crime Symposium & Trade Show

Wednesday, Sept 21, 2011
8:30am - 5:00pm

Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Blvd
Worcester, MA



co-hosted by
Universal Surveillance Systems

CLEAR/Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail

2nd Annual Training Conference

October 4-6, 2011
Peppermill Resort/Casino
Reno Nevada



Albuquerque Retail Assets Protection Association (ARAPA)
is hosting their

2nd Annual
Southwest ORC Conference

Albuquerque Convention Center

October 13, 2011

and the cost is free

Additional information including conference topics can be found at the
link below


Washington State ORC ALLIANCE


1st Annual
Training Conference

Wed, November 2, 2011

Training Site:
WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission Auditorium

19010 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA





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National Retail Federation
2011 ORC Survey

Executive Summary
Full Report 

Women in LP Caucus
Mentor Program
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LPRC 2011 Impact Conference

October 10-12, 2011

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The New York man and wife who killed 4 people during a pharmacy robbery at 10 am on a Sunday morning on June 19th plead guilty last Thursday.  The man killed two employees and two customers and then filled his backpack with hydrocodone-type painkillers while his wife waited in the getaway car.  (Source

Congress wants to tighten the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) law that is currently being reviewed to more clearly define what illegal access to computers really means.  While the Obama administration is focused on increasing criminal penalties, Congress wants them to also concentrate on real cybercrimes and not minor things like if an employee accesses their personal email or checks the weather at work.  The Department of Justice position is that "changes in CFAA's language may open up U.S. companies or government agencies to more insider threats.  The challenge is to address those concerns and, at the same time, not to create a significant loophole that would allow workers at federal agencies or private companies to steal the personal information of customers."  (Source

Last week Jackson, Miss. City Council passed an ordinance that requires all convenience stores to have a security guard posted from midnight to 5 a.m. after several shootings at area convenience stores.  (Source

A woman takes 6 children, ages 3 to 14, on a shoplifting spree in Greenville, TN Wal-Mart store

Three shoplifters hit an Ace Hardware store in Northern Michigan trying to steal ingredients to support meth production and State Police find they had an operating meth lab in their home with 5 children living there as well.  (Source

Two Texas men plead guilty to selling counterfeit cell phones and accessories, who owned and operated Turtle Wireless wholesale outlet and retail kiosks in Austin and Longview, Texas.  Law Enforcement seized over $5 million of counterfeit merchandise that had been purchased from suppliers in China.  (Source

Another booth operator at #1 Outlet Mall in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was sentenced to 30 months at hard labor, which was suspended to 30 months' probation for selling counterfeit CD's and DVD's after police seized 5,000.  Attorney General Buddy Caldwell stated, "Our office will continue to actively pursue and prosecute those individuals who are selling counterfeit merchandise on the black market. There are fraudsters out there selling everything from fake handbags to prescription medicines. Counterfeit goods seriously harm our legitimate Louisiana businesses and often endanger the safety of our citizens."  (Source

A Virginia woman was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for leading a "sophisticated" conspiracy to import and sell counterfeit Cisco Systems networking equipment, the U.S. Department of Justice said.  In addition to the prison time, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia also ordered Chun-Yu Zhao, 43, of Chantilly, Virginia, to pay US$2.7 million restitution and a $17,500 fine.  Lee also stripped Zhao, from China, of her U.S. citizenship and ordered her to forfeit four homes in Maryland and northern Virginia, three condominiums in Chantilly, a Porsche Boxster, a Porsche Cayenne, a Mercedes sedan and seven bank accounts containing more than $1.6 million.  (Source

An Indiana man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for selling counterfeit payment cards that caused more than $3 million in losses after the U.S. Secret Service found 21,000 stolen credit cards abd encoding equipment in his apartment.  The suspect, Tony Perez, 21, purchased the the stolen credit card information from underground carding forums and was ordered to forfeit more than $2.8 million in proceeds and pay a $250,000 fine.  (Source

A man being held on felony retail theft hung himself in his jail cell in Chicago.  (Source

BJ's Wholesale shareholders Friday approved the agreement for Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners to be acquired in an all-cash transaction valued at about $2.8B.  (Source

Kroger 2Q reports same store sales up 5.3% with revenue up 11.5%

The Walgreens pharmacist, who last May 8th, on an early Sunday morning, drew and fired his own gun driving off two robbers was fired last week and now he's suing WalgreensHis attorney told ABC news "Walgreens should have commended his client for bravery. That, too, is the opinion of township police Lt. Delman Lange, who, after reviewing the surveillance video, told the local paper, "If it was me, I would have done the same thing."  "Only 42 seconds elapsed from start to finish, and all the action was captured on surveillance video.  Before firing, Hoven first tried dialing 911. But before he could complete the call, the first of the two robbers had vaulted over a counter and was standing five feet away from him. That's when the pharmacist went for his own gun and opened fire.  Though Hoven was licensed by the state of Michigan to carry a gun, Walgreen discourages its pharmacists from packing pistols. A spokeswoman for the drug chain told ABC News in an email that while Walgreens would not be able to disclose its policies, they were written to protect the safety of customers and employees."  (Source

The CD and DVD retailers worldwide continue to suffer significant sales decreases with England's HMV reporting a same store sales decrease of 15.1% for their last quarter.  HMV has closed most of their Canadian stores and are closing stores in England as well.  This business model has seen its day.  (Source

Cisco's security team, or should we say "army," is comprised of 500
engineers, researchers and technicians deployed in 11 primary Threat Operations Centers (TOC) locations worldwide whose marching orders are to analyze threats and do everything possible to mitigate those threats as quickly as possible.  "The amount of security-related data pouring into the TOC is staggering. "I never wake up in the morning and think I don't have enough access to data. I do wake up frequently in the morning and think 'what are we going to do with all this data?'" says Rush Carskadden, a product line manager in Cisco's security technology business unit."  (Source

In its third year, last weeks Fashion Night Out was held in 250 U.S. cities and 17 countries worldwide and now its drawing some critics that say its cost outweighs its benefits.  (Source

Former police officer for the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia admitted to stealing $2.4 million in "error" coins and selling them to a coin distributor in California.  (Source Associated Press) 

This week . . .


National Preparedness Month Coalition
September 2011
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eBay Global Investigators Support Stolen Goods Case

eBay Global Asset Protection investigators support criminal investigation conducted by the Australian law enforcement officials leads to arrest and charges in large scale retail theft operation. Detectives have recovered over $30,000 of suspected stolen electronic and beauty products, after a woman allegedly tried to sell them on the internet. The goods, which were estimated to be worth $33,500, were allegedly stolen from retail outlets by the
55-year-old woman. Large quantities of cosmetics, batteries, memory cards, DVD's and games were found at the home during a police raid. 
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Major ORC ring busted in Perrysburg Township, Ohio after a six month investigation, with 68 people being indicted and 48 of them now behind barsThe ring stole over $250,000 worth of merchandise and gift cards from big box retailers in Northwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana and Indiana.  It's expected that another $250,000 of merchandise will be recovered.  They scammed the stores by shoplifting items and returning them for gift cards.  The suspects will be arraigned Wednesday morning inside a makeshift courtroom at the Wood County Jail in Bowling Green, Ohio.  The investigation is continuing.  (Source

Husband wife ORC ring identified and apprehended hitting Kohl's stores in New Jersey The investigation is ongoing.  (Source

Wyandotte, Mi., police believe another ORC ring may be operating in their area after identifying the same suspects from multiple shoplifting incidents at area CVS stores earlier this year.  (Source 

Next week . . .

5th Annual Crime Symposium & Trade Show
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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