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 March 27, 2014


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Update on A&P Senior VP $1.2M Ticket Scalping - A&P alerted federal authorities to the ticket-selling scheme  That resulted in this week’s guilty plea by former SVP John Moritz. “As a matter of record, A&P does not expend funds on entertainment events for employees at any level,” the company said in a statement. “A&P continues to cooperate fully with prosecutors handling the matter. A&P has worked hard to gain the trust of the communities in which it serves, and we are extremely disappointed by the actions of Mr. Moritz. We pride ourselves on being a pillar of honesty, loyalty and reliability, and will not permit the criminal activities of one to cast a pall over the 30,000 terrific associates who work in our stores every day.” (Source

Report: Bribe probe cost Wal-Mart $439 million
Wal-Mart Stores spent $439 million during the past two years to investigate the possible payment of foreign bribes, Bloomberg reported, making it ranks as one of the most expensive probes in U.S. history. Wal-Mart spent $282 million in the fiscal year ended Jan. 31 and $157 million the previous year, and expenses will continue to rise, according to an annual report filed March 21. On Feb. 20, Wal-Mart projected FCPA probe and compliance costs would be $200 million to $240 million for fiscal 2015. “While we believe that it is probable that we will incur a loss from these matters, given the ongoing nature and complexity of the review, inquiries and investigations, we cannot reasonably estimate any loss or range of loss that may arise from these matters,” according to the filing, Reuters reported.  (Source

Toys R Us suffers $1B loss, sets revamp plans - more job cuts coming?
The giant toy retailer said Wednesday it lost more than $1 billion last year and its sales fell by a similar sum, as the chain was pummeled in a brutal holiday price war with Amazon and Walmart. The Post reported exclusively earlier this month that Toys ‘R’ Us was poised to cut as many as 200 jobs at its headquarters in Wayne, NJ, with more layoffs being eyed abroad. On Wednesday, the company said it has eliminated just 100 employees at headquarters to date. But officials said a total of 500 jobs worldwide have been cut — and signaled that more reductions are being considered. Toys ‘R’ Us has hired AlixPartners to cut costs at the corporate level as the chain scrambles to stem the flow of red ink, sources told The Post. (Source

Target Had Chance to Stop Breach, Senators Say
Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Democrat of West Virginia and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said at a hearing that the hacking last year of Target, one of the nation’s largest retailers, “must be a clarion call to businesses, both large and small, that it’s time to invest in some changes.” Senators Rockefeller and Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said that Target’s failure to heed warning signs of incursions by cybercriminals ultimately was the fault of its top executives. (Source

Levi Strauss to cut 800 jobs
Taking place over the next 12 to 18 months, it's expected to generate annualized cost savings of $175-200 million. Will apply to non-retail and non-manufacturing employees and will reflect a reduction in management layers, the removal of duplicative roles and the regrouping of country clusters. (Source

NRF - Retailers Urge Congress Adoption of PIN-Based Credit Cards

Report: Data Breaches Reach Nearly Half of All Financial Accounts

Brookstone Preparing to File for Bankruptcy

Tractor Supply to open 1,300th store; plans 2,100 units

Target, Visa Say Fraud Limited in Wake of Data Breach
Target CFO John Mulligan speaking to Congress said there has been $2 million in fraud on the Visa credit cards it issues and none on Target's store-issued debit cards. Ellen Richey, chief legal officer at Visa Inc., said the percentage of cards stolen during the Target breach that have been used for fraud is much lower than the 2% to 5% rate that the card issuer normally sees in such circumstances due to the relatively quick notification of the breach. The number of affected customers is likely to be no more than 98 million. (Source

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Stores, cops both unhappy with Washington State liquor theft regulation; Retailers say reporting thefts puts them at a competitive disadvantage; law enforcement argues the rule lacks teeth  Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the plan into law Thursday, giving liquor regulators authority to force theft-prone stores to tighten security, hire more staff, improve record keeping or move display shelves. “If people won’t bring that under control, they could lose their liquor license,” said Hurst, a Democrat from Enumclaw. But the new plan has limited enforcement power when it comes to stolen merchandise that ends up in the hands of minors. The law kicks in only if local police can build a case linking underage drinking to shoplifting from a particular store. Only after police have at least two reports in six months of kids acquiring stolen liquor could the state Liquor Control Board get involved. (Source

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From 19 to 22 March, the Polish National Police, the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, and eBay, joined forces to successfully dismantle a criminal group responsible for a spate of sophisticated online auction frauds across Europe and beyond.

Hundreds of victims from at least 15 countries including Poland, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain, UK, USA, Canada and India, were potentially affected by the scam, involving the fictitious sale of electronic items via online auctions hosted on eBay and other online Polish platforms. After making electronic payments for goods such as Apple Mac computers, customers were instead sent items such as bricks, fruit and vegetables. In the case of eBay customers, nothing at all was sent. Once electronic funds were received by the fraudsters, they were transferred to unregistered pre-paid cards and cash was withdrawn via ATMs. Customers shopping on eBay are protected by a Money Back Guarantee but the fraud exposure would otherwise have amounted to tens of thousands of euros since 2013.

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Google, Walmart and eBay Back GS1 Guide for Improving E-Commerce
eBay, Google and Walmart have endorsed a new GS1 US guide that helps businesses improve ecommerce by resolving incorrect and duplicate product information online. Developed for e-tailers, retailers, ecommerce platform providers, content aggregators and content distributors, the GTIN Validation Guide, offers best practices for leveraging GS1 Standards to enhance the consumer shopping experience while boosting e-tailer efficiency, revenue and loyalty. It also offers improvements for better data management and product analytics. Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN), the numbering sequence within barcodes and commonly called Universal Product Codes (U.P.C.), are the foundation of the GS1 System of Standards and have identified products at point-of-sale for 40 years. The GTIN Validation Guide supports extending GTINs online to help ensure more accurate and consistent product descriptions that link to images and promotions, including coupons. Large online marketplaces and search engines already require GTINs to better help customers find, evaluate and purchase products online. (Source

How Data-Sharing Can Keep Fraud from Spreading
If banks are serious about thwarting fraud or keeping it from spreading, then they need to do a better job of sharing information between departments and with rival banks and nonbank partners, industry practitioners say. By not working more closely together, they could be missing out on an opportunity to spot fraudulent behavior or, with the help of law enforcement, bring down a criminal ring, experts say. Similarly, if banks and third-party partners were more willing to share their stories of the fraud and security incidents they've been victim to, such as a check-kiting scheme or a denial-of-service attack, they could put the right defenses in place to keep intruders out of their databases and applications. Telecom companies and e-commerce giants like Google, Yahoo, and Amazon need to share fraud and security data with their bank partners. (Source



Downtown Atlanta at AmericasMart
Bldg. 2, 230 Spring Street
Atlanta, GA
Wednesday May 7th, 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

All attendees must pre-register for the Conference. Space is limited!
The Georgia Retail Association Loss Prevention Council (GRALPC) and the Georgia Retail Association Organized Retail Crime Alliance (GRAORCA) would like to invite you to attend the 2014 GRAORCA Retail Crime Conference! Our annual conference is in it’s 4th year and will continue to build on our mission of providing Law Enforcement and Loss Prevention professionals with opportunities to come together for Professional Networking, Training and Information Sharing.

This energetic and fast-paced conference will bring you the best of today’s Loss Prevention /Law Enforcement tools and tactics on hot topics in the industry. Such as:
▪ Emerging Technology In Fighting Organized Retail Crime
▪ Retail and Law Enforcement Partnerships and ORC Victories
▪ Data Breach and Cybersecurity
▪ Workplace Violence
▪ Developing as an Organizational Leader
▪ Active Shooter Roundtable - Retail, Law Enforcement, and Mall Security
▪ How Wireless Device Theft Is Changing Crime Around The World

*Topics and Speakers subject to change

The Conference is open to all Law Enforcement Professionals, Loss Prevention Professionals, and Retail Owners/Executives and we anticipate POST Certification and CFI credits for attendance. 2014 GRAORCA Retail Crime Conference Highlights

▪ Conference will be at in downtown Atlanta.
▪ There is NO CHARGE to register and attend the 2014 GRAORCA Conference
▪ Conference format will include general sessions, breakout sessions, and a vendor trade show.
▪ The list of keynotes and breakout speakers is rapidly growing on relevant industry topics.
▪ Catered breaks and lunch, as well as several raffles to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations.

The 2014 conference includes a Vendor Trade Show with industry vendors and Community Outreach Organizations. The Vendor Trade show is designed to provide exposure to technologies and community programs that can help both retail and law enforcement organizations positively impact crime.

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Shoplifter pepper-sprayed security guard at Chesterfield Mall, forced woman to be getaway driver- customer kidnapping in St. Louis  Police are seeking two women after a suspected shoplifter pepper-sprayed a security guard at Chesterfield Mall Friday, then forced a motorist in the parking lot to drive her away from the shopping center. Authorities are investigating the incident as an armed robbery and kidnapping. Two women entered the H&M store at the mall about 5 p.m. Friday, police said. They put merchandise in bags and tried to leave the store. When confronted by security, one of the women grabbed a can of pepper spray from her purse and sprayed the security guard. The two women split up and fled. One of them went to the parking lot, where she jumped in the passenger seat of a car and forced a woman to drive her away from the mall, police said. She took the victim's cellphone and threatened to hurt her if she didn't take her where she wanted to go, police said. They went to a gas station near Big Bend Boulevard and Interstate 64, where the woman made the driver wait until someone in a white vehicle came to pick her up. The woman who was kidnapped was not harmed. Police are seeking Cierra Baker, 22, in connection with the incident. (Source

Glendale store accused of $2.3 million food-stamp fraud
State and federal officials are alleging that they uncovered the biggest case of food-stamp fraud in state history at a Glendale market they say bilked the federal government out of $2.3 million. Authorities raided the Nicben African Caribbean Market Plus on Wednesday morning, locking down the south Glendale store, seizing the owners' four vehicles and searching the premises for cash and bank records. Clarence Carter, DES director, said the estimated $2.3 million in misused food-stamp dollars is more than three times the previous highest amount. Because of the close-knit group of people investigators believe were involved in the fraud, it took three years to build a case leading to Wednesday's raid, Hambrick said. (Source

Police charge clerk embezzled $159,217 from Walmart in fraudulent check scheme in Raleigh, N.C.  A 26-year-old woman was charged Tuesday night with embezzling more than $159,000 last year in a scheme last year to cash fraudulent checks at the Walmart store in Raleigh where she worked. Raleigh police said Natasha Shanta Alexander is the second person charged in what they said was a scheme to cash fraudulent checks, and they have warrants charging a third person. (Source

13 From Chicago Area Arrested In International ATM Skimming Ring
Thirteen people from the Chicago area and others in Bulgaria have been arrested and charged with taking part in an international ATM skimming scheme, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. (Source

Loss prevention officer accused of stealing thousands from Macy's in Alpharetta, GA  Alpharetta police say a Duluth man, whose job it was to prevent theft from a department store, was stealing from it. Harvey Guess, 33, faces felony theft charges after police say he admitted to taking at least $2,000 from the Macy’s at North Point Mall during a three-month period. “He unlawfully accessed two cash register drawers after closing hours and removed cash,” said Alpharetta police spokesman George Gordon. Guess was detained last week by his own supervisor who alerted police after discovering the theft. (Source

Police allege LAX theft ring stole from fliers' bags  Several airport employees have been arrested after a months-long investigation into baggage thefts at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities tell the station the workers were arrested Wednesday night after police served warrants at 25 locations in connection with the theft of items from airline passengers. Police allege that the workers stole from fliers' luggage both inside the terminal and as bags were being transported across the airport grounds. (Source

N. Spokane Police shot and killed Baskin Robbins robbery suspect
Police officers shot and killed a robbery suspect Wednesday night outside a home in North Spokane. At about 7 p.m. police used a PA system in an effort to negotiate the man’s surrender. Instead, the man came outside and refused to comply with police orders. The man walked outside with an expressionless stare as officers yelled “Drop it! Drop it!” a witness said. “He was blank.” Police officers then fired multiple shots and hit the suspect. (Source

Clermont, FL woman arrested in $4 million ID theft
A 38-year-old woman was arrested in Clermont on Tuesday. She was accused of taking part in an identity theft ring that netted more than $4 million from phony tax returns. Some of the personal information used in the scam came from about 2,300 people who had records on file with the Orange County Health Department, where two of the ring members worked. (Source

Four McDonald’s employees arrested for theft of nearly $30,000 at LSU’s Student Union  The suspects, all employees at the time of the thefts and some managers, allegedly overcharged students on their Tiger Cards through the Paw Points system before pocketing the difference. LSUPD suspects the scheme may have lasted longer than a year, but the restaurant’s record system only dates back one year, Lalonde said. Although The Advocate reported the scheme resulted in the theft of $30,000, Lalonde was unable to confirm that figure. (Source

Rockford man arrested for false data on child after shoplifting at Belk
The suspect claimed he left an unattended infant in his car, then began to fake convulsions. The search for the infant in the car, tied up Maryville Police and Blount County Sheriff’s officers. The infant was found with the suspect’s girlfriend and never in danger. (Source

Three Twin Cities-area men charged in Fargo cellphone store burglary spree Three Twin Cities-area men are accused of breaking into three wireless stores here last year, stealing more than $100,000 worth of cellphones and other products. (Source

Brea, CA Mall smash-and-grab robbery: Suspects target Ben Bridge Jeweler

NH Retailers’ Association recognized the Rochester Police Department for work in combating retail theft

Hanford, CA teen threatens Wal-Mart security after theft

Robber Fires Shot In East Tulsa Grocery Store, no injuries

Domino’s Pizza worker in Indianapolis critically injured in robbery attempt




D&D Daily Exclusive - $15M Nationwide multiple fencing operations busted with Florida based booster network that fed stolen merchandise as far north as NY. and Mi.  In an 18 month investigation Miami-Dade County state attorney's office along with law enforcement authorities, the Miami-Dade Organized Retail Theft Task Force and ORC investigators from Walgreens, Publix, and CVS conducted 5 a.m. raids this morning and arrested 16 suspects for organized retail theft in 'Operation OTC' with another 7 outstanding warrants for suspects they expect to be in custody within 24 hours. The operation focused on multiple fencing operations that distributed stolen merchandise as far north as New York and Michigan. With one suspect currently being hospitalized and as this writer was informed by a confidential source, one having committed suicide and another barricaded themselves in their home until surrendering to police. This 18 month investigation continues as the conservative estimate of the case being valued at over $15M will obviously grow as more suspects are identified. With numerous distributors moving goods in multiple states the network of boosters is obviously larger as well. There's no evidence of any other gate-way crimes or drug trafficking involved at this point. This morning at the 5 a.m. raid it was learned that authorities stationed at one fencing operation arrested suspects as they showed up to sell their loot. This was a great effort on the part of all of the investigators involved and the Miami-Dade Organized Retail Theft Task Force. Stay tuned tomorrow for more details!


Men steal dozens of game systems from Columbia Walmart
Authorities are working to locate two men who stole dozens of gaming systems from a Columbia Walmart last weekend. Surveillance video shows the men prying open a case containing Nintendos and stashing them into a plastic container before leaving the store Friday valued at $8,000. (Source


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Sony Introduces IPELA ENGINE PRO Series
of Rapid Dome IP Cameras

W Series cameras boast security industry’s best available optical zoom, pan speed, frame rate and wide dynamic range. Cameras include unique gyroscopic image stabilization, image defogging and focal plane correction

Sony Electronics has launched its IPELA ENGINE PRO camera lineup with four rapid dome IP cameras. The new W Series cameras are the most advanced rapid dome cameras in the security industry, with all four featuring the highest-rated optical zoom, fastest pan speed, highest frame rate and widest dynamic range of any full HD camera on the market.

The W Series cameras are the first full HD cameras to feature 130dB of wide dynamic range, which delivers clear picture quality even in strong backlit environments. The W Series IP cameras have all the capabilities found in Sony’s IPELA ENGINE technology platform, along with new features such as gyroscopic image stabilization, image defogging, and focal plane distortion correction to offer stable images under severe outside conditions.

“These latest additions to our IPELA ENGINE IP camera lineup have unique features that no other manufacturer offers,” said Mark Collett, general manager of Sony Electronics’ Security Systems Division. “Sony invests significant resources into developing the best technologies that set new expectations for image quality and performance. We think this dedication is evident in our new W Series rapid dome cameras and that customers will be enthusiastic about the enhanced capabilities.”

The W Series’ strong feature set makes the cameras ideal for mission-critical or wide area surveillance applications such as airports, stadiums, casinos, and city and border surveillance. All four of Sony’s IPELA ENGINE PRO W Series cameras feature:

The industry’s leading optical zoom (x30), as compared to x20 optical zoom found in most IP cameras. The higher optical zoom makes it possible to capture high resolution video at wider ranges and further distances.

130 dB of wide dynamic range that produces true-to-life color and detail even in extremely backlit conditions.

Pan, tilt, zoom capabilities featuring continuous 360 degree pan movement at the industry-leading speed of 700 degrees per second. This enables camera operators to quickly pan to areas of interest.

Unique image stabilization technology with gyroscope sensors that detect and correct camera shake, which often results from weather or other factors such as planes or cars.

Focal plane distortion correction by high-speed sensor readout at 120 frames a second in full HD. This corrects for image distortion when panning and allows vertical lines, such as tall buildings, to remain straight.

Defogging mode that increases image visibility in poor weather conditions such as rain, fog or smog.

60 frames per second in full HD, which is double the number of frames offered by conventional HD IP cameras. This provides smoother, more detailed video that is easier to analyze frame by frame.

The SNC-WR630 and SNC-WR600 are rated for indoor use with full HD and HD resolution. The SNC-WR632 and SNC-WR602 unitized models are IP66 rated for outdoor use with full HD and HD resolution. The cameras are available through Sony’s product distribution channel.

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Amanda Belding was named Regional Loss Prevention Manager for TJX Companies.
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4 Tips for Hiring People Who Work as Hard as You Do  Your work ethic, and the amount of gumption you put into your work is important to you. It's also probably equally important that the employees you have also work as hard as you do. Use these tips from author of Motivating People to make sure you're hiring the right people to ensure a culture of success. (Social media is your friend)

The Five Characteristics of an A Player
Who wouldn't want a top player on their working team? They have talent, skills and the drive to make a company successful, but you can't tell who is an A player in a huge crowd. How will you know when this person walks through your door? Look for these five characteristics. (They have no excuses)

Why Job Offer Negotiations Go Wrong
Conventional wisdom for negotiating job offers may not always apply, so it's important to know when to go for it and when to walk away. indicated that 87% of employer won't pull a job offer following negotiations in the interview, but that doesn't mean every job offer will go that way. Use these tips to help you decide if a negotiation is welcome or not. (It's not always about the money)

When Bad Job Applicants Can Be Your Best Hire  Diversity and merit should be one of your top priorities when interviewing job candidates. You don't want people who are just like you, but you need people who will bring new ideas to the company! Use these tips on when to hire certain types of applicants!  (The "What's in it for me" guy)

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In the 1980's, it was common practice when you resigned from a company to make copies of your files and take them with you to a certain extent. Everyone knew about it and it was almost accepted behavior. Today, it's quite different and much more serious. So much more information is available to virtually everyone that, one push of a key, and certainly a well-orchestrated effort can have dramatic consequences and can bring criminal charges. In today's world, intellectual property is a critical asset to every organization and it's the responsibility of every executive to safeguard and maintain their company's intellectual property integrity. Every organization, regardless of size, can be impacted and quite frankly most have been.

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