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George Soto was promoted to Director, Investigations & Global Fraud Control for the Office Depot. George has worked with Office Depot for 6 years. He was previously their Sr. Manager Fraud Control & Investigations, Regional Investigations Manager-Corporate, and when he began at Office Depot he was Manager of Loss Prevention-Corporate. Prior to joining Office Depot, he had worked in the Loss Prevention and Fraud Investigations Industry at Walgreens, Macy's and Applied Card Systems. George earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications at Florida International University. Congratulations George!

Michael Reid was named Director of Risk Management for Areas USA, Inc. 
Michael has been in the Loss Prevention industry for over 24 years, holding various positions such as Director of Loss Prevention & Safety-Risk Management for Concessions International, and Manager-International Investigations and Director of Loss Prevention for Marriott International. Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from East Carolina and Georgia State Universities. Congratulations Michael!

Rodney Gray was named Director, Safety & Security for Check Into Cash. 
Rodney has worked in the Security industry for over 12 years. Prior to working at Check Into Cash, he was the Director-Risk Services for Axcess Financial, Operations Manager, Security for Global Spectrum, Manager-Admissions and Security for Paramount's King Island, and also worked in Security Forces for the US Air Force. Congratulations Rodney!

Louis Ferrell was named Director of Safety for Goodwill Industries International.
Louis has worked in the Loss Prevention leadership industry for over 6 years. He worked at Lowe's and Kmart as their Loss Prevention Manager, prior to joining Goodwill Industries International. He also worked as District Trainer for TJ Maxx. Congratulations Louis!

Stephen Haimeck was promoted to Director University Relations & Loss Prevention Support for Kohl's Department Stores.
Stephen has worked at Kohl's Department Stores for over 7 years. He has worked as their Senior Regional Talent Manager and Regional Executive Recruiter. Prior to joining the Kohl's team, he was a Recruiter at Steve & Barry's for a year. Stephen earned his Bachelor's Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Congratulations Stephen!

Apple saves Billions on US Taxes by setting up companies based in Ireland; Senate Questions On Taxes.  A Senate panel says Apple Inc. is avoiding paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes, but the world's most valuable company says it is complying with the laws and pays "an extraordinary amount" in taxes to the U.S. government. Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to testify Tuesday on Capitol Hill to explain the company's tax strategy. Apple is holding overseas some $102 billion of its $145 billion in cash, and an Irish subsidiary that earned $22 billion in 2011 paid only $10 million in taxes, according to the report issued Monday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. (Source

Best Buy reports 1Q loss on restructuring costs; Company turnaround plan involves closing some stores.  Best Buy Co. on Tuesday reported a loss in its fiscal first quarter as it sold its stake in Best Buy Europe and works on a turnaround plan that includes cutting costs and closing some stores. Its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations, but revenue fell short as the company faced tough pricing competition during the quarter. The plan includes closing stores, cutting costs and investing in training for its employees. In April it also said it would sell its 50% stake in its European joint venture to streamline its business and strengthen its balance sheet. (Source

Neiman Marcus is closing its Chinese warehouse operation. 
This summer Neiman Marcus will begin handling all its online ordering here in the United Sates. Neiman Marcus will close the China facility just over a year since opening with a partnership with Glamour Sales Holdings. (Source

Mobile POS technology is a $2 Billion business in North America. 
Twenty eight percent of retailers plan to adopt mobile POS technology by the end of the year. The study also indicates that 33% of retailers are not planning to deploy mobile POS technology in the next three years. (Source

Dubai ranked as 2nd biggest retail market; London maintains top spot. 
A research study conducted by CBRE maintains that London is still the largest retail market with Dubai finishing in the second spot the second year in a row. Paris, Moscow and New York finish out the top five. (Source

Macy’s to close Downtown St. Louis store. 
For 100 years Macy’s/(former Famous Barr) has been part of Downtown St Louis, however, recent changes throughout the store just didn’t work out in the end. The store at the Railway Exchange Building will close this summer. Downtown Macy’s stores are disappearing in other cities, too. In January, the Cincinnati-based retailer said it would close downtown locations in St. Paul, Minn., Honolulu and Houston. (Source

UK’s Tesco fashion division F&F to open 50 new stores. 
Franchise F&F stores will begin to open in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Plans are now made for an additional 50 new stores, with six opening this year. (Source

Mark and Spencer see 2nd year of falling profits. 
British retailer Marks and Spencer posted its lowest annual profit since 2009 today as a struggling clothing and house wares division dragged on growth in food sales. The 129-year-old firm, which serves 21 million shoppers a week from over 700 UK stores, said it made a profit before tax and one-off items of $1 Billion USD/ 665.2 million pounds in the year to March 30, a second straight fall. (Source

Chinese Hacker breached Google; attacks resume on U.S. targets. 
For the last three months or so, the U.S. government and some of its defense contractors have engaged in a war of shame on China to pressure it to cool its cyber-attacks on U.S. targets. The campaign appeared to be yielding results, but it seems that Chinese hackers were only catching their breath. The notorious Unit 61398, also known as the "Comment Crew," an elite cyber unit linked by U.S. security firms to the China's People's Liberation Army has renewed its raids on U.S. entities using different techniques. (Source

American Society for Industrial Security signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Building Industry Consulting Service International.  The primary focus of this agreement is collaboration and information sharing in the areas of research, education, standards and advocacy. ASIS represents 38,000 professional security practitioners, BICSI is a professional association that supports the information technology systems (ITS) industry, serving more than 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. (Source

Homeland Security Raids Mall Kiosks in Amherst, NY.  Federal agents swept through two shopping malls Monday, seizing fake merchandise and shutting down stores. The Department of Homeland Security spearheaded the investigation that targeted mostly kiosks in the Walden Galleria and Boulevard Mall. Agents hauled bags and boxes out of the Boulevard Mall after stripping three kiosks of their merchandise. (Source

Boston Shopwatch launched to fight crime in Boston, UK 
Last week, a joint effort between retailers and authorities including, the Lincolnshire Police, the Community Safety Team, the CCTV control room at Boston Borough Council, and Boston BID was launched. "Boston Shopwatch" will allow them to work together to combat crimes including shoplifting and fraud. A similar effort started two years ago, but failed due to a "lack of support". (Source

West Hartford Jewelry store hit twice in the last two months.  West Hartford detectives have arrested five men and charged them with the first robbery last month. Now investigators are actively hunting down the men from the latest armed robbery. (Source

Dollar General associate held at gunpoint in Thomasville, Georgia.  Just prior to closing at 9:00pm, three armed men walked into the Dollar General in Thomasville and demanded cash. The store still had several customers making final purchases of the day, which apparently surprised the gunmen who fled the store empty handed. (Source

Trial begins for suspect in San Antonio’s largest Jewelry Store theft; $2.3 Million of merchandise stolen.  Two men were arrested in the case with the help of Oklahoma City, San Antonio Police and the FBI. Both defendants plead not guilty. Half of the merchandise has been recovered. The suspects were caught when one gave a Rolex watch and a ring to a girl who then tried to pawn them in Oklahoma City. (Source

Reno Police are looking for two robbers of a Game Stop. 
A single store employee was tied up as the two armed gunmen grabbed cash and a gaming system at 6pm Monday evening. (Source

Burglar in Jackson hides inside a Gun Store until after closing.  Jackson Police along with the AFT have offered a $2500 reward for a suspect who hid in the Schupbach's Sporting Goods until after closing. When he felt everyone had left the store, the suspect grabbed several weapons and suppressors and fled the store. (Source

Arrest made in connection with Silver Spring Radio Shack robbery, suspect fled in a taxi cab.  A 21-year-old was arrested in connection with the armed robbery of a Silver Spring Radio Shack store on May 16. Police said the man, Shawnese Taylor entered the Radio Shack and announced a robbery and displayed what appeared to be a handgun. After receiving money and property, the man fled. The man’s description was broadcast to officers via the radio and an officer responding to the robbery observed a taxi pick up someone who matched the suspect’s description. The officer pulled over the taxi and found Taylor inside the car with the register cash and merchandise. (Source

Denver Safeway shopper thwarts robbery attempt.  A customer stops in the Safeway to buy ice cream and ends up tackling a pharmacy robbery suspect. Frank Ventola heard the Pharmacist scream, but had no idea if the person he had just tackled was the suspect until words were exchanged as they struggled on the floor. Now the 20 year old suspect faces robbery charges. (Source

Thieves in St. Louis slam a Truck into the front of Clothing Store.  Some bold suspects crashed a truck into the front of a building early Tuesday morning. It happened at the Fresh Image Clothing Store. Authorities say around 5:00 a.m. the suspects crashed the truck into the front of the building and the alarm sounded. When police arrived, the suspects were gone. (Source

Getaway car loses door in Ellenton, Florida theft.  
A shoplifter left something important behind during his get-a-way from the Ellenton Outlet Mall on Saturday ... the door of his Dodge/ Chrysler mini van. The side door was recovered from the scene of the shoplifting event at the Aeropostale store where the suspect managed to get away with $700 in merchandise. (Source







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Man accused of stealing $600K from Walmart in Carolinas and Georgia. 
A South Carolina man faces federal fraud and conspiracy charges after authorities say he masterminded a three-year scheme that faked store refund transactions totaling more than $600,000 from Walmart stores in the Carolinas and Georgia. A Department of Homeland Security investigator in Charlotte says Milton's operation included $115,000 in fraudulently returned computer software, $95,000 in DVDs, and $46,000 in cheap fishing rods that were exchanged for costly ones. The break in the case came when Milton's storage unit in the Cleveland County was left open and a worker looked inside. (Source

Burlington Coat shoplifter in Louisville tries to run over Loss Prevention agent. 
A group of shoplifters were observed concealing merchandise inside the Burlington Coat store. When the agent went to attempt to make the apprehension the suspects split up in different directions. One suspect managed to get into her car and attempted to run down the Loss Prevention agent. The suspect is now in custody facing first degree robbery charges. (Source

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George Soto was promoted to Director, Investigations & Global Fraud Control for the Office Depot.
Michael Reid
was named Director of Risk Management for Areas USA, Inc.
Rodney Gray
was named Director, Safety & Security for Check Into Cash.
Louis Ferrell
was named Director of Safety for Goodwill Industries International.
Stephen Haimeck was promoted to Director University Relations & Loss Prevention Support for Kohl's Department Stores.
Joel Canady was named Health & Safety Program Manager for CarMax.
Blake Thomas was named District Loss Prevention Manager for Abercrombie & Fitch.
April Sweeney was named District Asset Protection Manager for Weis Markets.
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