Pertinent Information to Combat Organized Retail
Presented at Pleasanton, CA ORC Conference
BRENDON, USS MARKETING STAFF WRITER
A collaborative environment filled with ORC
specialists joined together in Pleasanton, CA for a
Regional Organized Retail Crime Conference sponsored
by Universal Surveillance Systems (USS) and Safeway
on May 23, 2012.
Several knowledgeable speakers presented valuable
information at this one-day conference.
Three speakers from Safeway kicked off the
conference with discussions on ORC Case Studies and
Trends in Northern California ORC. Bob James,
Corporate LP Manager/ORC Coordinator, Safeway Inc.
gave an overview about the ORC program at Safeway.
He talked about high-theft goods such as alcohol and
cigarettes being sold for resale and the importance
of protecting those assets.
Safeway ORC Investigators Joe Cowles and Brad
Gardiner then discussed the internal side of ORC,
including the challenges facing the food and drug
industry. Cowles discussed a new problem facing the
ORC industry in California: AB 109, signed into
effect by Governor Brown last year. AB 109 gives
offenders early release for non-violent crimes,
which equals a risk for retailers battling organized
A Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security spoke next and covered money laundering and
drug trafficking. The agent discussed working with
retail and other law enforcement departments to
decrease some of the international problems facing
ORC. The agent also went
over the ongoing trend in ORC: baby formula theft,
which has become a major issue for retailers.
Nelson Harrah, Director of ORC for the Gap, followed
Angert with a case study review and discussed the
importance of working partnerships with other
The next speaker, ORC Consultant Ron Koziol, gave a
related talk about building good relationships with
loss prevention personnel and law enforcement
agencies for collaborative purposes.
The afternoon session began with Bill Suthard, CFI,
Senior Corporate Investigator, Barnes and Noble, who
spoke about solutions for ORC and Internet fencing
investigations. Lauren Cunningham, Senior
Investigator for eBay Global Asset Protection,
talked about partnerships within the retail
community and building a foundation for future
Lastly, Rod Holm, Vice President of Global Sales at
Universal Surveillance Systems discussed the ways
his company has utilized ORC technology to help
retailers combat theft.
USS sponsors four ORC conferences in different parts
of the county throughout the year where experts in
the field offer proven solutions in combating ORC.
There is no charge to attend. Contact USS at
1-800-488-9097 or go to
www.retailorc.org for more
Provo, Utah Police bust a storage shed used to warehouse
stolen goods. Five people
have been arrested and 100's of items have been
recovered from various storage units and retailers all
over the city. Bikes, video game systems, electronics,
and ammo just a few of the items that Police say were
stolen and then pawned for drug money when needed.
Nine members of a crime ring that hit jewelers in 5
states netting millions busted and facing charges for
nearly two dozen robberies across the country.
Over the course of a year, the suspects hit jewelers in
five states, netting millions in diamonds and jewelry
that are believed to have been sold to a jeweler in
pair appears in court and their detailed journal of
theft proves their level of sophistication.
First reported here in the Daily earlier this month the
pair of women hit stores throughout the Northeast and
sold the merchandise back home in Conn. out of the back
of their car. We merely wanted to show the actual
journal they created and how prosecutors used it in
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