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Eric Pidgeon
was promoted to Director, Loss Prevention - Global Supply Chain for Ascena Retail Group.
  Eric previously held the position of Sr. Manager, Loss Prevention & Safety for Ascena Retail Group. Before that, he was with Tween Brands for over 10 years, working his way up to Sr. Manager, Corporate Loss Prevention. Eric also worked at Gap Inc. in a Loss Prevention role. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University in Criminology and Sociology. Congratulations on your new position, Eric!

Schnucks’ Associate uses a Defibrillator to save customer’s life
Just one year after receiving training on how to use a newly installed Automated External Defibrillator (AED), a trio of Schnuck Markets’ store associates were recently honored for using the device to help save the life of a customer who had collapsed and stopped breathing. The team from Schnucks’ accepted Lifesaving Awards presented by North Jefferson County Ambulance District and the High Ridge Fire Protection District. (Source

Walmart finally opens its first store in Vermont after a 20 year fight Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt., cheered the more than 200 new full- and part-time jobs at the location. Shumlin predicted the store will actually draw people to spend money in Franklin County. One way it will do that, Shumlin said, will be by luring shoppers from nearby Canada. The St. Albans store has French signage in the aisles and lower sales tax than Canadian shoppers see in Quebec. (Source

Family Dollar $744 Million Capital Expenditure focused on store growth and supply chain  CFO Mary Winston said that a significant portion of the retailer's hefty CapEx went to investments in new stores. "In fiscal 2013, we spent about $385 million related to new stores compared to about $200 million in 2012," she said, adding that $149 million went to store renovations. Going forward, Family Dollar plans to build on the successes of fiscal 2013. "We are stabilizing critical metrics, like gross margin, inventory productivity and store manager turnover," concluded Bloom. (Source

Costco cooperates with DEA
Costco Wholesale Corporation is reportedly cooperating with the U.S, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an ongoing investigation of prescriptions for controlled substances. According to Reuters, the DEA served Costco with warrants and subpoenas related to the investigation. Costco announced its cooperation in an SEC filing and has made no other public comment. The DEA has been investigating pharmacy chains and distributors across the country in regard to prescription drug misuse and abuse. (Source

Mark Cuban found not guilty of insider trading
The federal court jury in Dallas found the controversial owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and star of the reality television show "Shark Tank" did not break federal rules when he dumped his whole stake in the company in 2004 before details of a pending stock offering were announced. The sale of the stock, which Cuban did not deny, avoided a $750,000 loss on the holding. (Source

Jos. Bank my consider a hostile takeover by Men’s Wearhouse
A week ago Jos. Banks made a $2.3 billion offer on Men’s Wearhouse, which Men’s Wearhouse publicly rejected. Now, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. reportedly may consider a hostile takeover bid for Men’s Wearhouse. Jos. A. Bank chairman Robert Wildrick said he would prefer a friendly acquisition but his company is not ruling any options out. (Source

Walmart closing 20 underperforming stores in China
Wal-Mart Stores will reportedly close 20 underperforming stores in China next year as part of an overhaul of its Chinese operations. Wal-Mart is restructuring its business in China, including a new management structure and more efficient purchasing operations. However, Wal-Mart still plans to open 100 stores in China during the next three years. A Wal-Mart executive said the stores being closed there do not have ideal locations or layouts. (Source

CITI Bank and others accused of selling your data
According to one leading researcher, customers have good cause for concern. Some banks are even breaking the law every day in the ways they share your data. Some banks use your data to market to you directly, or through affiliates. Some, including major players such as Bank of America, Citi, Capitol One, Chase, Discover Bank and HSBC, allow non-affiliated outside companies to market to you. These banks allow customers to opt out of such marketing – but you have to know it takes place and then go through all the trouble of figuring out how to opt out. (Source

HAC Inc. an Oklahoma regional supermarket buys 9 Piggly Wiggly/ Belle Foods store in Georgia and Alabama

Bon-Ton to close Scranton, Pennsylvania store

Denver to host Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Conference next week

Transactis' anti-fraud solution wins Best Product at UK's Retail Fraud Awards

TSA employees worked without pay during government shutdown



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Retail Murder Mystery Solved

Toys R Us Regional Loss Prevention Manager kills a Buffalo store manager who caught him breaking into safe  Bernard Grucza, a Regional Loss Prevention Manager with Toys R Us has been arrested in the stabbing death of an assistant store manager in the store’s office in suburban Buffalo. Investigators believe the Grucza was attempting to steal money from the store when the manager walked in on him in the early morning hours. Hamburg police Wednesday announced the arrest of Bernard Grucza, 38, of Elma on a charge of second-degree murder. Grucza is accused of killing Laurence Wells, 35, before the store opened June 29. Grucza, pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. Investigators said they believe Grucza was robbing the safe at the store when he was caught by Wells. News video following the slaying showed Grucza at the scene consoling fellow employees. Investigators also said Grucza was also a suspect in break-ins at Toys R Us stores in southern Pennsylvania. (Source (Source


Security Guard Shot at Glendale Circle K; Suspect at large  Police are actively searching for a Hispanic male suspect who shot a security guard Tuesday night at the Circle K in Glendale, Arizona. The Glendale police spokesman said the shooting occurred around 6:30pm. The suspect was attempting to steal beer when the uniformed guard approached him. The suspect tried to fight, then shot several rounds at the security guard, hitting him at least once. The guard was wearing a bulletproof vest and was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. (Source

Mass. Dunkin Donuts stores facing string of robberies  Over 20 stores in the chain have been robbed in the Boston area since mid-March. Two more Dunkin' Donuts were robbed Monday night in the northern suburbs. Monday, the first robbery was in Burlington around 8 p.m., then, about twenty minutes later police say a man fitting a similar description climbed through the drive-thru window of a Dunkin' Donuts in Bedford and demanded money from two employees. (Source

One Injured In Shootout During Robbery Of a Columbus cell phone store  Shots were exchanged between suspects and a clerk during a robbery at a cell phone store Wednesday afternoon. Officers said that two suspects allegedly robbed the store, and while attempting to flee the area, gunshots were exchanged between the suspects and a clerk at the location. The clerk sustained a cut from broken glass during the shooting, and was treated at the scene. (Source

Sacramento Police arrest suspect in Safeway Security guard stabbing
A police dog helped officers take a stabbing suspect, accused of an attack at the Midtown Sacramento Safeway store, into custody Tuesday evening, investigators said. The man allegedly stabbed a loss-prevention officer during a shoplifting attempt, according to the Sacramento Police Department. The loss-prevention officer is expected to survive his or her injuries. (Source

Bond set for 4 suspects in Shannon armed robbery of a Dollar General
Bond has been set at $250,000 each for four people charged with armed robbery in the holdup of the Dollar General store in Shannon last week. No trial date has been set. The suspects all 17 and 18 years old have all been charged with armed robbery as adults. (Source

Orange police is looking for suspect in armed robbery of Bedding Barn
Tuesday night, Orange police officers were dispatched to the Bedding Barn Store for an armed robbery. The employee said that shortly before closing time a well dressed black male entered the store and began to browse. The male approached the clerk and stated “I hate to do this to you but I’m going to... this is a hold up.” He then allegedly opened a brown leather bag and showed the clerk a black pistol and placed it back in the bag. The clerk turned over a small amount of cash and his personal laptop. The suspect left the store. (Source

Safe Bolted To Floor Removed From Salvation Army Store, $3000 Lost
The Greenville Salvation Army Family Store was burglarized sometime over the weekend. Taken was a safe that was bolted to the floor. The charity says inside the 200 pound safe was about $3,000 which could feed over 30 families. The Salvation Army believes who ever did this used to work or volunteer at the facility. (Source

Storm Lake McDonald's worker pleads guilty to theft; sentenced to 5 years
A former McDonald's employee was sentenced to prison for stealing from the fast-food chain's store in Storm Lake, Iowa. The Buena Vista County Attorney said Tuesday that Tracy Jacobson, was sentenced to up to five years in prison for felony second-degree theft. Jacobson pleaded guilty to stealing the store's bank deposit bag containing $1,084. (Source

Bus Driver in Decatur accused of stealing $172,000  A man who works for the public transit agency in Decatur faces charges of felony theft for allegedly stealing more than $172,000 in bus fare over the past three years. Mark Gordon was arrested over the weekend. According to police records, the 56-year-old was found with a canvas bag filled with $1 bills, loose change, and bus fare coins. (Source

Overnight burglary prompts police search at Arcadia Burlington Coat Factory Police conducted a search of an Arcadia Burlington Coat Factory early Wednesday after an employee arrived to discover a jewelry display case had been smashed open. Police received a call shortly after 7 a.m. reporting the burglary. Officers completed their search about 9:25 a.m., finding no one inside the store. (Source

Gameroom store in Lincoln, Nebraska burglarized  Lincoln Police are searching for suspects in the $4000 burglary, thieves stole more than 100 video games and other electronics from the store last Sunday. (Source

Two Daniel’s Jewelers stores in Los Angeles hit twice on Saturday with grab and runs
  The same suspect is believed to have hit the Daniel’s store in Long Beach and Lakewood just hours apart. The suspect ran off with 2 gold chains, total value over $8000, then 3 hours later in Lakewood grabbed two chains from an associate valued at $5000 and $4300.

Piercing Pagoda in Phoenix the victim of a Grab and Run
Two suspects entered the Piercing Pagoda store asking about a gold chain they had tried on the night prior. While the suspect was trying on the $799.99 chain, both suspect quickly turned and fled the store.

Grand Prairie Kay’s Outlet hit with $10,000 grab and run
Grand Prairie Police are seeking a suspect who grabbed a $10,599.00 three piece bridal set from an associate and fled the store.

Ultra Diamonds in Myrtle Beach hit with gold chain grab and run
Two male suspects enter the store and asked about a 22’ curb link necklace, valued at $4,499.00. The associate displayed the piece then as she was returning it to the case, the suspect jumped the showcase, grabbed the piece and the 2 suspects fled.

Man awaiting sentencing for theft accused of stealing candy at Sedgwick County Courthouse  A man awaiting sentencing on a theft conviction helped himself to some candy at the courthouse snack shop Tuesday and left the area without paying for it. Someone spotted Kevin Crowder take the candy and alerted security. When detectives questioned Crowder, they found several pieces of candy in his pockets for which he had not paid. Once Crowder, 53, was sentenced in his previous theft case – 21 months for theft and battery at Whole Foods nearly two years ago, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office – he was booked into jail for Tuesday’s candy caper. (Source



ALL-TAG Security Americas, Inc. Management Team
Purchases Company

Boca Raton, Florida – In a statement released in May, ALL-TAG, a leading manufacturer of anti-theft Security Tags, Security Labels, and People Counting Systems, announced that the management team from ALL-TAG Security Americas, Inc., with assistance from a Florida based Investment Group, purchased ALL-TAG Security Americas Inc., ALL-TAG Security U.K. Limited, ALL-TAG Security Hong Kong Limited, and selected assets of ALL-TAG Security S.A. of Belgium.

As a result of the purchase, most of the Radio Frequency (RF) Label production equipment will be moved from the factory in Belgium to the ALL-TAG Security Americas, Inc. factory in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

ALL-TAG Security Americas, Inc. will be the new global headquarters for ALL-TAG, and will handle the vast majority of RF Label production, sales, and customer service for ALL-TAG customers around the world.

“This investment illustrates the dedication our management team has in the success of ALL-TAG,” explained Sales and Marketing Director Andy Gilbert. “The purchase was the next logical step for the company and we have some innovative plans in store that will take ALL-TAG to next level.”

“The transition will be seamless, as the ALL-TAG Security Americas, Inc. factory has been efficiently producing RF Labels since July of 2011,” Gilbert continued. “There will be absolutely no delays on any orders received during the transition.

ALL-TAG is the second largest global manufacturer of RF Labels that are compatible with all Checkpoint Systems electronic article surveillance (EAS) Systems and Label Deactivators. The company also designs and produces a wide variety of sensor tags for apparel and other soft goods that are compatible with both Sensormatic and Checkpoint Systems EAS Detection Systems and Security Tag Detachers.

For more information about the company or products mentioned in this release, please visit

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Toronto Police and LP officers crack "sophisticated" shoplifting ring  Police are calling this one of the largest "loss-prevention recovery investigations" in North American history; officers seized about $390,000 worth of stolen pants, bras, bottles, toothpaste, and other items that were being sold for a profit out of a house, investigators said on Wednesday. The house was set up like a retail store, with display shelves stocked with stolen items so customers could browse the product. It even had rooms used as storage for the rest of the stock, Detective Bruno Miron said. The thieves used 'fabricated bags' to get the stolen merchandise past the anti-theft gates and out of the stores. Police and some of the retailers' loss prevention teams partnered to identify and eventually arrest the suspects in this crime ring. Toronto residents Thi Loc Doan and The Ha Long were charged with possession of property obtained by crime and possession of stolen goods for the purpose of trafficking. (Source

Dayton’s Better Business Bureau speaks on the impact of Organized Retail Crime John North, president and chief executive officer of the Better Business Bureau in Dayton speaks on how ORC is impacting local retailers. Your Better Business Bureau and the IROC taskforce suggest you: Train your staff to be aware of these criminals’ tactics. Provide great customer service. It’s one of the best deterrents for these criminals. Design the store so associates can see throughout the store, making it hard for these individuals to operate successfully.

Police in Spain arrest 17 suspects in $33 Million dollar Watch store robbery
Spanish police said they have arrested 17 suspects allegedly responsible for a 2012 robbery at a watch store. The incident, which police have called the robbery of the century, involved the theft of more than 1,700 watches worth $33 million. Police said they have recovered 300 of the stolen watches so far. (Source

Russian National living in Michigan indicted on conspiracy and wire fraud; may have stolen millions from retailers  A Russian national using several nicknames, including “Evilvodka,” prowled and Craigslist to set up an extensive network of “carders” and “reshippers” who used stolen credit card information to rip off retailers for millions of dollars, according to Pittsburgh federal court records. A federal grand jury indicted Artur S. Gorlov, 28, of Ypsilanti, Mich., in July 2011 on a conspiracy charge and four counts of wire fraud. The indictment was sealed until Gorlov was detained on Oct. 10 by customs officials at JFK Airport as he disembarked from a flight from Moscow. (Source

For several years, we in New England have been sharing information on Organized Retail Crimes (ORC) between retailers and law enforcement partners through our LERANE notices. But these notices are being replaced by the New England Organized Retail Crime Alliance (NEORCA).

The New England Organized Retail Crime Alliance (NEORCA) is a group of retailers and law enforcement who have partnered together to combine efforts to combat ORC This website and resulting bulletins – – will allow you to upload your own information directly.

NEORCA members can share intelligence relating to the businesses and communities we serve. This shared information includes, but is not limited to, crimes of organized theft, robberies, counterfeiting, check and credit card fraud, prescription fraud, identity theft and other scams. In short, any type of organized crime may be shared through this site.

The NEORCA website enables retailers and law enforcement to communicate about ORC, and saves the information in a written and mapped format, searchable by crime and suspect type. This gives all members the ability to search the website to connect cases and establish patterns and trends. In addition, members may upload photographs and crime bulletins to share with the NEORCA community.

We invite loss prevention and security professionals, along with all levels of law enforcement, to become members of NEORCA and contribute to the fight against ORC. Membership is FREE, but you must register at the link below. Without you this Alliance will not be successful, so please join today!!


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