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January 7, 2014


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Celestino Shinn
was named Asset Protection & Information Security Director for Michelin. 
Celestino was previously the Investigative Analyst (Associate Manager) for Lockheed Martin. He also served as Special Agent/Investigator for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for a number of years, and also worked as security police for the US Air Force. Celestino earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Wayland Baptist University. Congratulations Celestino!

James Curtis
was named Director of Shortage Control for Ross Stores.  James previously worked as the Director of Loss Prevention Analysis for CVS Caremark before acquiring this new position. He has also been the Manager of Information Services for Loss Prevention Innovations, and the Manager for Protiviti where he dealt a lot with Exception Based Reporting. Congratulations James!

The Numbers are in - 823 ORC Cases with $701,533,840 in theft for 2013 reported in the Daily  While this certainly doesn't reflect the real number it does reflect what the press reports on a daily basis. With tracking over 250 publications daily we can say this is what is publically reported throughout North America. And in the absence of any other numbers being collected in this arena it's a fair representation of what the public is seeing. Certainly significant increase over 2012. However given our getting better at reporting it, all the new ORC laws enacted, and the reporters now seeing it on their police reports, this number will continue to rise in 2014, with the objective of having the comparison between 2013 and 2014 being more of an accurate picture of the nations problem only from the standpoint of those actually apprehended.

187 million people to feel the "Polar Vortex" in U.S. - Hibernation Time
The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades settled upon the Midwest and pushed toward the East and South and eastern Canada. Large parts of the USA are beyond cold. It is so freaking freezing that... From the Dakotas to Maryland, schools and day care centers shut down Monday, with many staying shuttered Tuesday. (Source

The weather keeps banging the retailers across the two-thirds of the U.S. - January #'s will be horrific  From ice storms to snow storms they keep rolling in one right after another. In New York today the Governor declares another state of emergency. The second in two weeks. Just last week Woman's World Daily projected that Hercules may impact monthly sales by as much as 1% and now this cold blanket. From Wisconsin to Oklahoma schools and some businesses are closed. With two feet of snow in Indy and St. Louis yesterday and Hercules last week here we are again. With retailers feeling pretty good about Christmas sales January looks like it will be absolutely terrible. With close to half of the U.S. covered in a deep freeze, how do we drive sales when no one's in the stores. It's just to cold to even go out. And with 18,000 flights canceled since last Thursday business travel is at a stand still. This is costing billions. (Source

Leaders in two southern California cities — Escondido and Vista — say the stores can monopolize prime retail locations, cheapen commercial districts and discourage upscale businesses from opening nearby. Another criticism is that the stores pay low wages and cater to low-income customers, possibly exacerbating problems with poverty in cities with an abundance of the fixed-price retailers. But the regulations enacted by Escondido and Vista have come under increasing fire recently from the discount chains, landlords with vacant storefronts and real estate brokers stymied by the rules. They say the regulations amount to illegal restraint of trade, and some have discussed possible litigation. They also say market forces and growing customer demand, not municipal rules, should determine how many of the stores open in each city. (Source

The Limited implements retail consumer-driven predictive analytics tool

What is driving RFID adoption in retail?
Bill McBeath, chief research officer at ChainLink Research, assesses the evolution of RFID in retail, and offers retailers a chance to have their say on the subject in a new global RFID survey. (Source

Walmart assistant manager fired after jumping in back of shoplifters truck - going for wild ride  Mike Dawson, a manager at a Titusville, Fla., Walmart took a 15-mile ride in the back of a pickup that reached speeds of 90 mph last week. police say Joseph Long and an accomplice stole more than a dozen cases of beer and Dawson went outside to take down his license plate. But he thought Long was going to back into him, so he jumped into the back of the truck. "When I realized how close I was, I jumped in the back so they didn't run me over." Eventually, Dawson was able to get the attention of another drive who pointed a gun at Long. Long slowed down and Dawson was able to escape. A spokesman for Walmart said Dawson violated store policy and could have just taken down the license plate number. (Source

Authorities standing firm on charges against gun store owner for disturbing the peace after he walked through Parkdale Mall, in Beaumont, TX. with a rifle over his shoulder  Derek Poe, 26, owner of Golden Triangle Tactical in the mall, was stopped by police around 6 p.m. on Dec. 28 for carrying an AR-15 rifle slung barrel-down across his back as he walked to his store. A warrant for Poe's arrest was issued last week by Jefferson County courts at the request of the district attorney's office, said Beaumont Police Sgt. Rob Flores. Poe turned himself in on the misdemeanor charge Friday morning. The sergeant said authorities received calls from shoppers who said they were "very afraid" and "terrified" at the sight of the weapon. Firearm owners in Texas are legally allowed to carry rifles if it isn't done in a threatening manner. Handguns are not allowed to be carried in the open, and owners must have a concealed handgun license to carry the weapon in public. An open-carry event scheduled for Jan. 18 in Beaumont was apparently organized by Golden Triangle Tactical in support of Derek Poe. (Source

Credit card swipe-fee fight set to enter next round
The 8-year-long fight between retailers and MasterCard and Visa over credit card swipe fees is expected to last another year or longer, with the nation's largest retail group joining the legal battle against a settlement that was supposed to end the dispute. The National Retail Federation is appealing a controversial settlement of a swipe fee lawsuit that was approved Dec. 13 by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in federal court in Brooklyn. (Source

L.L. Bean, Amazon satisfy customers most during holiday and L.L. Bean tied for the highest company-level customer satisfaction scores during the 2013 holiday season. According to the ForeSee Experience Index: 2013 U.S. Retail Edition, Amazon and L.L. Bean both scored 90, while Priceline had the lowest company-level satisfaction score (75) of 100 top retailers included in the Index. (Source

Uniqlo USA announces five new stores for spring/summer
King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pa. Stamford Town Center in Stamford, Conn., Serramonte Center in Daly City, Calif., Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord, Calif., and Great Mall of the Bay Area in Milpitas, Calif.






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MO. Total
Jan 66 $18,930,910
Feb 52 $200,662,400
Mar 62 $4,961,800
Apr 70 $5,856,050
May 78 $4,034,114
Jun 75 $219,695,478
Jul 87 $3,853,854
Aug 98 $10,824,090
Sep 74 $5,305,376
Oct 89 $218,415,844
Nov 73


Dec 72 $8,993,924
Total 823 $701,533,840


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Jan 316 385 21.8%ñ
Feb 410 310 24.4%ò
Mar 332 294 11.4%ò
Apr 307 377 22.8%ñ
May 342 385 12.6%ñ
Jun 330 320 3.03%ò
Jul 355 306 13.8%ò
Aug 425 326 23.3%ò
Sep 375 304 18.9%ò
Oct 464 306 34.1%ò
Nov 337 246 27%ò
Dec 265 295 10.2%ñ
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Habitual offender could face life in prison for first degree retail fraud in Cadillac, MI.

Target Loss Prevention Employee helps find Abducted Girl in Antioch, CA  Police in a Northern California town are praising a Target Store employee for helping bring a child's kidnapping ordeal to an end. “When I first spotted him in the store, I thought he was going to shoplift,” said 22-year-old Roxanna Ramirez who works at a Target store in Pittsburgh, Calif. Ramirez had no way of knowing the stranger she was watching, 43-year-old David Douglas, would later become the prime suspect in the armed abduction of a seven year old girl in Antioch. (Source

Target television shoplifter trying to flee assaults a Framingham, MA Police officer  Dana Hazel is a known shoplifter at the Target store, they believe he had stole a television before; this time they thought they were ready for him. Hazel grabbed the cart with the $450 television and left the store before store security stopped him. He struggled until police arrived. At first, Hazel said he would comply when he was being arrested, but he began struggling and struck the officer. Hazel then shoved the cart hard into the road, striking a car that was driving by. (Source

Charleston, SC man stealing from Home Depot attempts to stab employee
Gerald Edwards, 45, was charged with armed robbery and possession of a knife during a violent crime. Edwards was attempting to a container of surface sealer, valued at $89.97, from the Home Depot on Friday. A loss prevention employee at the store tried stopping Edwards. Edwards pulled out a four to six inch knife and raised it above his head, telling the employee "Get off me or I'll stab you," The employee pushed Edwards off of him and Edwards ran off. (Source

Home Depot shoplifters charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in Houston, TX  LaToya Daniels and Robert Gene Myers were recognized when they walked into the store as previous shoplifters. On this day, they allegedly hid tools and a radio in their clothing as they walked through the store, and then exited to the parking lot without paying for anything. Two loss prevention officers tried to stop the duo in the parking lot, but a fight ensued. An affidavit states that Myers bit one officer while Daniels punched the other in the face. Daniels then ran to their car and reportedly drove it toward the store employees, trying to hit them and get them away from Myers. Both loss prevention officers were able to jump out of the way and avoid being struck. The suspects fled, but Myers dropped his cell phone during the fight. (Source

Allentown, PA man admits burglary spree of 8 Lehigh Valley Dollar Tree stores
An Allentown man admitted today to a burglary spree at eight local Dollar Tree stores that netted almost $15,000. Richard Weatherspoon pleaded guilty to six counts of burglary and a single count of attempted burglary before Lehigh County Judge Maria Dantos. (Source

Lewisburg, WV Police seeking suspect in $2200 electronics theft from Walmart  On Monday around 7:22 a.m. Police were informed that three desktop computers and two flat screen televisions were stolen. The suspect was seen on surveillance cameras pushing the merchandise out of the Lawn and Garden exit without paying for it. (Source

Zales in Bel Air, MD hit by Distraction Theives

On January 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM, the four suspects, committed a Distraction Theft at a Zales in Bel Air, MD. Multiple diamond anniversary bands were taken. The suspect used a key or key-like tool to open a showcase containing anniversary bands. He removed three display pads of rings and concealed them in a large white shopping bag he brought in the store with him.

Springfield, MA woman pleads guilty to selling Counterfeit goods; restitution of $29,000 and forfeiture of two bank accounts totaling $79,000

Dick’s Sporting Goods employee suspected of embezzling $11,000 in Petaluma, CA

Two charged with $700 felony theft from Target in Dothan, AL

3 Phoenix, AZ store robberies possibly connected to AK-47 bandits; suspect hit Family Dollar and Ozark Market less then a hour apart

Zales in Spokane, WA hit with an $8669 (2 Ct.TW Round bridal set) Grab and Run


3 jewelry store robberies connected in Huntersville, Rock Hill and University City, N.C. in last week
Airsoft and Hobby World – Burglary – Santa Clarita, CA – suspect stole 1 airsoft rifle
Cellular City – Armed Robbery – Valley Stream, NY – suspect grabbed cash and phones, no injuries
Circle K – Armed Robbery - Gretna, LA – two suspects shot by police following chase
Cumberland Farms – Armed Robbery - Colonie, NY- connected to 2 additional area robberies
CVS – Armed Robbery – Margate, FL – heavily tattooed suspect fled with cash, no injuries
Dollar General – Armed Robbery – Cleveland, OH –suspect arrested in connection to 2 robberies
Dollar General – Armed Robbery – Austell, GA – 2 shots fired into the ceiling, no injuries
Git-N-Go – Robbery/ Assault – Des Plaines, IL – suspect stole 3 cans of beer, then assaulted 2 clerks
HyVee – Armed Robbery – Omaha, NE – 2 suspects, no injuries reported
Jalisco Meat – Burglary – Corpus Christi, TX – burglars smashed through the wall of an adjoining store
Lowe’s Market – Armed Robbery - Lubbock, TX – suspect grabbed mgr. and struck him in the head
Qdoba Mexican Grill –Armed Robbery – Colorado Springs, CO – 2 suspects, no injuries reported
Sunoco – Armed Robbery – Colonie, NY – connected to two additional robberies
Sun Petro –Robbery – Absecon, NJ – no injuries
WilcoHess – Armed Robbery – Rocky Mount, NC – suspect wore hunting gear w/ long gun, no injuries
Tom Shire Pharmacy – Armed Robbery -Hesperia, CA – suspect stole cash, no injuries
U.S. News Store – Attempted Robbery – Jamestown, NY - suspect pushed clerk trying to set off alarm
7-Eleven – Armed Robbery – East Meadow, NY – no injuries




ORC male busted in Tampa Walmart store
Deputies arrested a Tampa man on Saturday after he was found to have allegedly taken almost $1,000 worth of flash drives, several boxes of Gillette razor cartridges and USB cards from the Punta Gorda Walmart Super Center. (Source

Two charged in theft of more than $1,400 in merchandise from Walmart  A Loss Prevention agent told police she saw the two males loading a large-screen television, a storage case, wet vac cleaner and three tablets into a cart and attempt to leave the store without paying for the items, which had a total value of $1,405.26. The agent tried to detain the subjects, but one ran. The subject was later located and arrested. (Source

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District LP Manager Dick's Sporting Goods Buffalo, NY Dick's Sporting Goods
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Celestino Shinn was named Asset Protection & Information Security Director for Michelin.
James Curtis was named Director of Shortage Control for Ross Stores.

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Advice from Top Women Leaders About Finding a Mentor  If you can find a mentor to help you get ahead in today's fast-paced world, you're at a great advantage! The question though, is how do you find one? You know what you want to do and where you want to end up, but without that guidance and connection it will be harder to reach those goals. Use these top tips from the most influential women in Canada to get you on the path to greatness! (You must have passion)

A Small Step to a Great Leadership Legacy  Everyone wants to leave behind a legacy, a monument to the things you and your organization accomplished. It's a great goal, and a completely doable one, but how do you start to walk down the path to living a legacy behind? It starts with your want and your drive to make everything your own. (Be a visionary)

Why Leadership is About Dignity
When you think of leadership and what characteristics leaders should have or follow, you may think they should be dignified. Three female social impact leaders shared what they learned about leadership and dignity, through their own unique experiences. If you can follow their teachings, and lead with a sense of dignity, you and your organization will go far. (Exercise your leadership muscle)

The Best Management Advice from 'The Art of War'  Although this famous book is from the fifth century B.C., it still contains some tips for leaders everywhere that are applicable to today's society. If you don't have time to read this Chinese general's entire book, then glance at these top pieces of advice and apply them to your organization. (The best ideas succeed unnoticed)

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