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October 18, 2011

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Vice President
LP, Risk and Audit
Michael Stores, Inc.

Stephen O'Keefe
Loss Prevention and
Risk Management
Wal-Mart Canada

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Vice President LP

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

November 9

November 9, 2011
NRF-Investigator's Network Regional Meeting
Miami, FL

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


William Gates was named Director of Loss Prevention for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.  William has only been with Natural Grocers a short time, but has obviously proven his abilities.  William has also worked in the Loss Prevention Departments of Cabela's and Hornbacher's, a SUPERVALU Company, and Cub Foods in progressively responsible positions.  William got his BS in Criminal Justice from Minnesota State University in Mankato and served in a police department early in his career.  He also went on to get his MPA, Public Administration from Bellevue University in Nebraska.  Best of luck in the new position, William!

Crime video aired on TV has the thief returning the clothes and apologizes. After seeing a report on the Austin, Texas news, the shoplifter returned to the store with the merchandise and apologized to the owner, no charges were filed. Another Store Owner believes his store was also hit by the couple, but has not been contacted. (Source

Lowes scaling back growth plans for 2012. Lowes announced yesterday that plans to add 25 new stores in 2011 will continue on track, but growth for 2012 will be cut from 30 stores down to 10 or 15. Lowes had closed 10 locations on October 16th and plans to close an additional 10 stores this month. (Source

Wal-Mart China CEO is stepping down. Ed Chan has stepped down and Scott Price (President of Wal-Mart Asia) will be taking over. Wal-Mart China had to close 13 stores for two weeks and fined the retailer 2.7 million yuan ($421,000) on charges of mislabeling regular pork as higher-priced organic meat. (Source

One Thousand dollars in DVD's recovered in a stolen duffel bag. Three adults arrested and a baby turned over to Children's Services at a Wal-Mart in Troy, Ohio. (Source

Dayton man accused of stealing designer sunglasses. Saks Off Fifth reported the theft of $1400 in designer sunglasses, the suspect ran and was later apprehended by police. The suspect is being charged with felony theft and possession of criminal tools, for the concealment of the 11 pairs of sunglasses in a aluminum foil bag. (Source

Miss Oshkosh 2011 stripped of her crown for shoplifting. Ms. Knight had received over $9000 in scholarships awards for winning the title, but following her arrest at Wal-Mart the committee has taken her title away. (Source

President’s teleprompter stolen?? Talk about stealing the wrong truck. A simple white truck was parked outside of the hotel in Richmond, Virginia, stolen then later found at another hotel near the airport. Inside the truck was the bullet proof podium with the presidential seal and the teleprompter. (Source


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Collaboration among leading retailers will be the name of the game this week when two of RILA's loss prevention committees convene in Minneapolis. On Wednesday, RILA's Asset Protection Leaders Council (chaired by Mike Lamb, VP of Asset Protection at The Home Depot and vice-chaired by Monica Mullins, VP of Loss Prevention & Safety at Walmart), product manufacturers and renowned academic researchers will meet at Best Buy to kick-off the APLC's much anticipated process driven shrink initiative. Included in the day's events will be a store walk at Best Buy highlighting their 360 degree approach to loss prevention, a presentation by Target that focuses on the role of upstream partnerships and operational excellence in driving down shrink, and a presentation by Dr. Mark Barratt of Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business who will challenge the current views on shrinkage and the approach that most companies adopt when trying to control Inventory Record Inaccuracy. Then, on Thursday, RILA members will head down the road to Target's Investigations Center for RILA's Crimes Against Business Committee meeting. Retailers slated to give presentations include CVS, Lowes, Publix, Target, The Home Depot and Walmart and attendees will hear from a Florida statewide prosecutor who used the RICO statute in a novel way to successfully prosecute a large ORC case. These meetings are great examples of how the retail industry can come together to exchange ideas to achieve common business objectives!

Asset Protection Leaders Council Meeting October 19thThis event is open to members of the Asset Protection Leaders Council (APLC). Please contact Liz Benson at for more informaion

The second meeting, Crimes Against Business committee members meeting October 20th, is open to Crimes Against Business committee members.  Please contact Liz Benson at for more information.

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Houston ORC Investigation uncovers $150,000 stolen cell phonesPolice arrested three men accused of stealing more than 300 cell phones from various retail stores around the Houston area. Police searched the business and recovered 160 phones worth a total of $88,000 that were stolen from a Sprint Store and over $60,000 from Radio Shack. Police believe the 60 Verizon cell phones, 92 cricket phones and 45 Boost phones are believed to be from burglaries in multiple states. (Source

Seattle area Store Owner sentenced to sixteen months for ORC.
The GMS Market was paying local shoplifters for goods later sold at the store and web site. The owner’s wife was sentenced to 9 months of electronic monitoring and their son and daughter-in-law await sentencing. (Source

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William Gates was named Director of Loss Prevention for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.

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Sending and delivering the LP message in stores and at the corporate office is probably one of the most critical things one can do everyday. How you communicate and how you deliver your message will determine how they respond and react. If you expect to improve performance and influence change in the stores, then you've got to communicate in their words and their terms. Each company has a message, a mission, and core values and your message should fit all of them and be an extension of them and not an addition to them. This breeds integration and results in inclusion – all of which are important elements of a successful executive.

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