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Canadian Push 10-18-13


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

Sean Sportun named Security Director of the Year
Canadian Security magazine is pleased to announce that Sean Sportun, manager of security and loss prevention for Mac’s Convenience Stores in Central Canada, has been named as the winner of the Security Director of the Year award 2013, sponsored by Anixter Canada. Sportun was selected by the Canadian Security Editorial Advisory Board as this year's winner for his ability to help reduce crime in the stores he oversees and for key projects that have helped to strengthen relationships within the community. Sportun will receive the Security Director of the Year Award at a gala event in Toronto on Oct. 23. The full story on Sportun will be available in the Sept./Oct. issue of Canadian Security magazine. (Source

Sears to hold first-ever Canadian Thanksgiving Black Friday sale
Sears Canada is getting ready to introduce the first-ever Black Friday sale in Canada to accompany Canadian Thanksgiving in October.Our customers already participate in our Black Friday sale in November so we wanted to give them one that, in a similar style to the U.S., would accompany our own Thanksgiving Holiday. (Source

Chico’s FAS takes White House Black Market to Canada joining the Canadian Push  Chico's FAS’ expansion plans are taking it outside U.S. borders, to Canada. The women's apparel retailer is opening a White House Black Market store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto on Oct. 24, and will follow it up with an opening at Square One, Mississauga on Oct. 29, as well as an opening at Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket on November 12. (Source

Mega Mall to be built outside Calgary

Identity theft operation coming to Peel Region with 18,000 names stolen  A memory card containing names, addresses, birthdates, and marital statuses of over 18,000 people was stolen from a Peel Region employee's car just last week. The information belonged to people who were part of Peel Public Health's Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, and the card also contained information from 46 people who were part of the program earlier. The card was reported missing on September 24, and is believed to have been stolen from an employee's bag inside that person's car. Police are still looking for the card. (Source

West Nipissing Police investigating $80,000 jewelry store robbery
The West Nipissing Police Service is investigating the burglary of a local jewelry store in Sturgeon Falls, on October 8, 2012. The thief made off with assorted jewelry, worth approx. $80,000. Police have received information about the theft, have interviewed Persons of Interest but no charges have been laid at this time. (Source

Retail Fast Facts: September 2013

• Total monthly retail sales changed by 4.8 per cent over the comparable month last year.
• Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 3.5 per cent over the comparable month last year. Read more


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