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Submit your nominations for the 2014
New England ORC Awards

Deadline is Monday, September 1

In an effort to recognize those individuals within the loss prevention and law enforcement community that have gone above and beyond in the fight against ORC in New England, the N.E. ORC Symposium & Tradeshow will be presenting the 2014 N.E. ORC Awards at this year’s event on Thursday, September 18 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Professionals working within the loss prevention/law enforcement community are being invited to submit nominations for these awards. To download the nomination form, click here. It includes a description of each of the awards and instructions for completing and submitting nominations. The deadline for submission is Monday, September 1.

Six Apple store employees & 1 Best Buy Mobile employee charged in $500k iPhone theft ring in Ft. Lauderdale  Six Apple store employees at the Galleria mall are accused of teaming up to defraud the store out of nearly 600 iPhones worth an estimated half-million dollars, police said Wednesday. Detectives began investigating the thefts this year when a regional loss-prevention manager for Apple notified Fort Lauderdale police about the group of employees. They stole them by manipulating Apple’s product exchange procedures, allowing stolen and locked iPhones to be exchanged for refurbished ones. How did the scheme work? Since April, thieves who posed as customers at the store handed stolen iPhones to employees in the ring and exchanged them for new iPhones, police said. Each Apple employee in the ring was paid between $45 and $75 for carrying out a fraudulent transaction, police said. A seventh person, Best Buy Mobile employee Sean Flynn, 25, of Davie, provided serial numbers from cellphones at Best Buy Mobile. Part of the scheme hinged on Apple employees using that information to assign cellphone serial numbers to the new iPhones at the Apple store, police said. Devon Persad, 26, of Tamarac, was identified as the ringleader who hosted big dinners to recruit fellow Apple store employees, bragging about the new 2014 Lexus he bought and the home loan he paid off, according to the arrest warrants. There are many other people in the ring who haven't been identified, Detective DeAnna Greenlaw said.

According to a FLPD, the U.S. Secret Service assisted them in unraveling the scheme:

The ring leader of the Apple store group would contact his accomplice at the Best Buy store for a list of “cold” serial numbers.
The Best Buy employee would obtain the serial numbers from new iPhones in the Sunrise store’s inventory.
Unidentified suspects would bring iPhones to the Genius Bar that had been stolen or locked, and whose serial numbers were considered “hot.”
The suspected Apple employees would select a serial number from the Best Buy-provided list and associate it to the phone being exchanged by the unknown suspects.
The walk-in suspects would be provided a refurbished (like new) iPhone with a “cold” serial number. Police are tracking where those iPhones were transported or sold.
The “hot” exchanged iPhones would be returned to Apple’s service depot, where they eventually were discovered to be locked/stolen.
Customers who bought iPhones at the Best Buy store encountered problems registering their smartphone because the serial number had already been registered by the people who received refurbished models. (Source

Orlando police bust major retail theft ring targeting Macy's across Orange County and selling the merchandise to small stores  Orlando police said they put the brakes on a theft ring that targeted Macy’s department stores across Orange County. Investigators believe the suspects went after designer fragrances, shoes and handbags worth thousands of dollars. Police said surveillance video from July shows the suspects taking merchandise from Macy’s at Fashion Square Mall. Investigators arrested Jose Burgos and Miguel Mendez on charges of felony theft, but they said they are still looking for another woman. Detectives believe the trio sold the stolen items to smaller stores near Goldenrod Road in east Orange County. Investigation is ongoing and they expect more arrests. (Source

Retail thief sentenced to 4 years in prison due to previous criminal history in Jackson County, IL

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