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Jim Mires was promoted to Vice President of Loss Prevention for DSW. Jim joined DSW in 2011 as the Senior Regional Director Field Operations. Prior to that he worked as District Managers for both Pottery Barn Kids and Old Navy for one and half years and four years, respectfully. Jim was a Regional LP Manager for Gap/Old Navy for three years. He was also the Director of Loss Prevention at Six Flags Theme Parks. Congratulations Jim!

Jordan Rivchun was promoted to Corporate Manager of Investigations for DSW. Jordan joined DSW in May 2011 as Manager, Investigations. Prior to working for DSW he worked as an Associate Consultant & Business Development Coordinator at Security Risk Management Consultants and as a Security and LP Manager/Consultant for USA Healthcare. Jordan started his LP career with retailers including Nordstrom and Target. He is currently the Chapter Liaison for the ASIS Young Professionals Task Force, a role he has served for two years. Jordan has an MBA from Franklin University. Congratulations Jordan!

Frank Albany was promoted to Sr. Director Global Asset Protection for Under Armour. Frank joined Under Armour in 2009 as the Director of Loss Prevention. Before that he worked for Target as a District Asset Protection Team Leader for about three years. Frank also worked at Gap Inc. as a Senior Regional LP Manager for eight years. Frank holds a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Wilmington College. Congratulations Frank!

Marty Andrews, CFI was promoted to Director of Loss Prevention and Risk Management for Vans, 7 for all mankind, Splendid and Ella Moss. Marty joined Vans in November 2007 as an RLPM and was promoted to Corporate LP Manager before this recent promotion. Prior to joining Vans, Marty worked his way up the ranks from Internal Investigator to Regional Investigations Manager at Nordstrom from 1999 to 2007. Marty started his LP career working for Lamonts and Macy's as an LP agent. Congratulations Marty!

Along with the job cuts in the 1st Q also comes the promotions and appointments
While the first quarter is always the time when corporate America makes their cuts, it’s also a time when they set the stage for the rest of the year with new promotions and appointments. And in the past two weeks we’ve seen 15 executives “Moving Up” so to speak. Certainly you’ll see that activity all year round but the first quarter is always the busiest quarter of the year with the third quarter being the second busiest, as retailers prepare for the holiday season. We’re not done yet with one more month left to go. So what will we see over the next 30 days?

Some retailers are still rebounding from hurricane Sandy and just now re-opening  Four months after Hurricane Sandy devastate the Jersey Shore, there was another sign that life is returning to normal. The A&P store opened its doors last Thursday to a newly remodeled store that made the community excited about getting back to normalcy. With signs of Sandy still all around. And on Feb. 23rd a Waldbaums grocery store re-opened as well in Belle Harbor, Queens, N.Y.. While the majority of us have almost forgotten the hurricane many in the northeast are still dealing with the after effects. One retailer Big M actually had to shut it's doors because the storm was the final straw that broke their backs. Good Luck to all of those still feeling the impact of Sandy. Thanks to Jim D'Arcy, VPLP for A&P for supplying the news. (Source (Source

J.C. Penney chief Ron Johnson knew doing deal with Martha Stewart would create conflict with rival Macy's  The chief executive wrung his hands as a lawyer for Macy's grilled him over an email he wrote to a board member saying Martha Stewart would have to "break" her agreement with Macy's if he was going to "pull off" a deal with her. he got the idea after reading in spring of 11' that Stewart's company had hired Blackstone Group to evaluate opportunities. (Source

Will J.C. Penney Survive?
What's causing this financial Armageddon? The sole culprit is J.C. Penney's new "Fair and Square Every Day" low pricing strategy. While there may be some positive effects, I don't think J.C. Penney's "sales" will be enough to remedy its financial meltdown. To entice masses of consumers, you have to discount products that they really want — that means well-known national brands. Discounting lesser-known, private-label brands simply won't achieve the financial upside that J.C. Penney desperately needs. So what's next for J.C. Penney? Either it further revises its pricing strategy to include sales on national brands or it heads to bankruptcy court. (Source

Supervalu shakes up management ahead of sale  Shaking up some management as it prepares for the sale of five of its grocery chains. Supervalu will focus on its Save-A-Lot discount stores, as well as its smaller regional chains Cub, Farm Fresh, Shoppers, Shop 'n Save and Hornbacher's, as it tries to turn around its business. The company said Monday that it expects to close on the sale of its Albertson's, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw's, and Star Market chains, which combined run about 877 stores, by the week of March 18. Following the transaction, Supervalu will retain five strong regional retail banners: CUB Foods based in Minnesota; Hornbacher’s in North Dakota; Farm Fresh in Virginia; Shop ‘N Save in St. Louis; and Shoppers in Baltimore/Washington DC. Together these banners operate 191 traditional retail grocery stores and represent slightly more than 25% of the company’s anticipated revenues after the banner sale is complete Two EVP's are leaving and being replaced by one new EVP from Kroger who is joining them. The president of Supervalu's retail arm will be leaving. CEO Sam Duncan said he would name more leadership changes soon. (Source

The Executive who started the LP effort at Lowe's and built Michael's is new interim CEO for Tuesday Morning  In 1992 Michael Rouleau was the EVP of Stores for Lowe's Home Improvement stores and was the executive who convinced the Board to invest in an LP program which is where Bob Oberosler, the current VP of AP for Rite Aid, was hired to roll-out Lowe's first LP effort. Michael Roulaeu went on to really build the Michaels stores brand and did an incredible job of expanding it and hired Doug Marker as really their first senior LP leader as well. He's now serving as Tuesday Morning's interim CEO until a search firm can find a new one. That would be their third in as many years. Roulaeu is a huge LP supporter and helped give birth to hundreds of LP jobs if not thousands and truly made a difference in the LP industry. (Source

We’re This Much Closer to Replacing Our Wallets With Phones  While this year's Mobile World Congress might have been a little lacking in four-star hardware, there were some serious steps taken towards replacing your wallet with your smartphone. Here are the latest updates to the state of the mobile payment union, player by player: MasterCard - Visa - PayPal - Samsung - NFC. A must read! (Source

The Department of Homeland Security the focal point for collaboration among the various agencies on cybersecurity  Proposals from the White House and Capitol Hill would to varying degrees give DHS more sway in developing cybersecurity policy for the civilian part of the federal government, as well as collaborating with industry to create voluntary security standards for the nation's critical IT infrastructure. (Source

Preventing Insider Crimes - A great Video to watch  Tim Ryan, Managing Director, Kroll Advisory Solutions - The big, external breaches get the headlines, but the insider crimes are doing significant financial damage, says Tim Ryan of Kroll Advisory Solutions. How can organizations address the insider threat? In a video interview on insider threats, Ryan discusses: •Today's top threats; •Lessons learned from recent incidents; •How organizations can best mitigate threats. (Source

Atlanta police raid shops for $5 million of counterfeit goods.  Atlanta police say they have busted a ring of retail stores found selling nearly $5 million worth of counterfeit items. Atlanta police officers hauled away bags full of purses, jeans and shoes from six stories Friday night. They found roughly enough counterfeit merchandise to fill a U-Haul truck. Police say a raid on the West End Market turned up goods being sold under faked labels for brands such as Coach, Ralph Lauren, Izod, Levi and Guess. Authorities say a member of the public tipped off Atlanta police, which sent investigators to buy the bogus goods to verify they were counterfeits. Atlanta police say they made six arrests at the West End Market. Merchants were charged with sale of counterfeit or forged goods. (Source

Police react in force to a Flash mob alert at Chicago Ridge Mall.  Nearly 50 Police Officer were on alert after receiving information about a possible flash mob at Chicago Ridge Mall, but there was no word of any incident. Pictures from inside the mall showed some stores with gates closed on Sunday, but it appeared to be business as usual. Police say they had information indicating the same people involved in an incident last week at Ford City Mall might be planning something in Chicago Ridge. (Source

Bellevue, WA., police break up identity theft ring in a raid and arrest 4  Last Wednesday, officers found a stockpile of more than 200 credit cards, a healthy mix of driver's licenses, passports, social security cards and blank checks. (Source

Update: Video Released of Walmart Shopper that opened fire on fleeing shoplifter  A gun owner in Florida was arrested on Wednesday after he opened fire at a suspected Walmart shoplifter because he said he felt threatened and wanted to "mark" the man's car for police. As unarmed 42-year-old Eddie McKee allegedly ran from an Orange City Walmart with stolen merchandise, 35-year-old Jose Martinez pulled out his gun and fired at least five bullets, according to WKMG. "I saw one black gentleman running from the parking lot, he dove in his car," a caller told 911. "And there were two older gentlemen chasing him down. One drew a gun, ripped open the guys car door and screamed, 'Freeze, freeze, don't move!' And then fired shots." Bullets riddled McKee's vehicle, hitting the trunk and shattering the back window. Two other cars were also hit by gunfire. Martinez has permit to carry a concealed weapon in Florida, but was charged with aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle, both felonies. (Source (Source

Female security officer shot dead by husband at Houston grocery supply warehouse Saturday night  Around 4:30 p.m., a man drove an 18-wheeler into the warehouse entrance in the 3100 block of Holcombe. He jumped out of the vehicle and began chasing the woman. The man then fired several shots, striking his wife, who died at the scene. (Source

Duo caught with stolen truck full of electronics outside Readington, NJ Walmart.  Two men reportedly stole a tractor-trailer at midnight Feb. 27 from a Pennsylvania parking lot before unhitching it in the Readington Township Walmart parking lot early that morning, according to the State Police. State Police said that Humberto Solice-Rodriguez, 31, of Miami, Fla. and Jose Garana, 47, of West New York stole a truck full of electronics from a lot in Hanover Township, Pa. They unhitched it in the parking lot of the Route 22 Walmart at about 2:45 a.m. Both were charged with second degree receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit theft. (Source

Gunman in FedEx uniform robs Pasadena jewelry store.  Authorities are searching for a man who robbed a Pasadena jewelry store at gunpoint while dressed in a FedEx uniform The store's owner, Jeffrey Tran, tells the newspaper the man asked to see a box of loose diamonds and then pulled out a gun. The suspect got away with the entire box. Tran couldn't immediately say how many diamonds were stolen or how much they were worth. Tran says he and his wife were alone in the store at the time of the robbery. (Source

Michelin Tire Distribution Center employee steals $78,000 worth of tires in Columbus. Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Antwyan D. Reynolds, age 32, for one count Theft and one count Tampering with Records. Reynolds was a former Regional Manager for the tire company. It is alleged that Reynolds was obtaining a large quantity of tires (around 500) from the Michelin facility in Columbus by falsifying documents. The value of the tires is approximately $78,000. The investigators report he either gave away or sold the tires. The theft was discovered after Michelin Security conducted an internal investigation. If found guilty the defendant faces a potential twelve months incarceration. (Source

Stolen credits cards net thieves $18,000 in one day shopping spree in Utah.  Credit cards stolen from the owner of a trucking company in South Ogden were used all day, all over town. The bank called the credit card owner who initially believed his Office Manager was purchasing office equipment. The thieves purchased iPads and Macbooks as well as other electronic items. When thieves initially stole the credit cards from the truck, they took only the 2 credit cards leaving the wallet and cash behind. (Source

Quick thinking CVS Manager able to call 911 and identify the suspect.  No heroics, just smart reactions when the Manager who was returning to his store from lunch noticed something was not right are the front register. The robber was standing at the front register and the cashier looked upset, but no weapon was drawn, the manager knew something was wrong and called 911. Jordann Coleman was arrested for robbery just outside the CVS store by Police. (Source

Serial Arsonists wanted in Fresno, three stores burned.  Damage so far has been minor, but Police are looking for two suspects who have committed 3 arsons in the last few days. Suspects were captured on video throwing some type of accelerant onto the store front then setting it a blaze. One of the stores has been targeted twice in the last threes days, while another store claimed this is the third attempt in the last 3 months. (Source

Suspect in Lincoln, Nebraska Family Dollar break-in does $300 worth of damage for $10 in merchandise.  A man smashed head first into a glass door to break into a Lincoln Family Dollar store overnight Friday. He caused $300 in damage and took $10 worth of Memorex CD-R packages. Police arrived at 12:30 Saturday morning after an alarm at the store sounded. Officers found the front door of the dollar store at 2400 N. St. broken. The only items known to be missing were the CDs. Footage captured on security cameras gave police a view of the suspect. They believe he is a Hispanic male in his early 20s. (Source

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Board of Directors Election Results Announced

The IOBSE Board of Director election results for the organization is listed below. The two-year terms of the newly elected board members began on February 15, 2013. Election results for the International Organization of Black Security Executives are as follows.
Will Baker
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Fanchon Barnes
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Don Knox
Levell Hedgspeth
Mike Nelson
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Mike Rock
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Walmart's Global Investigation Department leads in AZ store owner arrested in 'fencing' operation  Authorities say they've caught a man who was allegedly buying and selling stolen items out of his Phoenix retail store. Favazzo said Walmart's Global Investigation Department tipped police off to the operation while they were investigating stolen items from their Chandler Sam's Club store near Germann Road and Arizona Avenue. That's when Chandler police detectives stepped in and went undercover at the store. Detective say Labadi was using his store to buy and sell property including cigarettes, electronics, computers, alcohol, cigars, toiletries, music headphones and televisions. (Source

Two ORC gang members busted hitting Kohl's in Philadelphia- with other conspirators on the loose  Hitting four Kohl’s department stores in the suburbs of Philadelphia on six different dates for $12,000, according to police. A loss prevention officer at the store on South Township Line Road where thefts occurred on Sept. 1, 2012, Sept. 27, 2012 and Jan. 27, 2013, gave store reports and information to the police that related to several thefts committed by the same group, police said. (Source

Louisville police say shoplifter hit same Best Buy four times  According to an arrest warrant, the incidents tool place throughout 2012 and into the early part of 2013, and involved the Best Buy. (Source

Clarksville, Tenn., Police Push For Break In Shoplifting Ring  Investigators have released video of two women they say are part of the ring, which they said is responsible for stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise. Police spokesperson Jim Knoll says the thieves have hit Clarksville, but the city is just one of many locations where they've been spotted. Call the Clarksville Police TipsLine at (931) 645-8477. (Source

Mahoning, PA., Wal-Mart getting hit by ORC couple  Shoplifters twice this week walked out of the Lehighton area Walmart with shopping carts loaded with around $1,000 worth of merchandise, Mahoning Township police said. A man and a woman at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday pushed out a cart carrying $849 worth of video game accessories, DVDs and other stolen items at the Walmart on Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East in the township, police said. (Source

Armenian Hoodlum Involved In Massive $7M LA-OC Identity Theft Ring Gets Prison  When he was arrested in 2009, Dilboyan carried a computer thumb drive containing 1,132 access devices, including debit card numbers, bank account numbers and credit card numbers that belonged to unwitting victims. He got 111 months in prison and ordered to make $3.1M in restitution. (Source

Three women steal $5,000 in computers, cameras, blankets from Walmart.  
The York (SC) County Sheriff’s Office arrested three of four women this week accused of stealing nearly $5,000 worth of merchandise from the Tega Cay Wal-Mart. The loss prevention manager of the store told deputies that the four women, all from Lancaster, stole various electronics, household goods and baby items from the Wal-Mart. The theft happened on Feb. 17. After investigating, police arrested on Wednesday 22-year-old Sherniece Nichols Jones, 23-year-old Melissa Myers and 38-year-old Donna Faith Beckham. A fourth woman suspected of being involved in the shoplifting has not yet been arrested. Several cameras, blankets and towels and at least six computers were taken from the store, according to the report. (Source

Raley’s Supermarket LP Agent nearly injured as suspect drives away with the car door still open.  Three young men were arrested on suspicion of burglary, and a 21-month-old child was taken into protective custody Friday afternoon. Police received a call from the Raley's Supermarket reporting two men loading items into a backpack and duffel bag. One of the suspects’ backed the vehicle out of the space while the security officer was still holding onto the car. The car accelerated with one of the doors open, and the security officer let go of his hold, and was not injured. A total of $280 worth of merchandise was recovered. (Source

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