Third Annual C.L.E.A.R Conference
Hyatt Regency Dallas,
TX September 17-20
by Dave Collins
Sterling Jewelers, Inc. Senior Manager of Loss
The third annual Coalition of Law Enforcement and
Retail conference was held on September 17 through
September 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX.
There were approximately 120 attendees this year
from a number of different police agencies and
retailers. There were many interesting seminars, but
the most popular
of the conference for most of the attendees was the
opportunity to network with peers and to form new
professional relationships between law enforcement
and retailers – and vice versa. C.L.E.A.R. would
like to thank all of the attendees and vendors that
make these conferences such a success.
Michigan House would make organized retail theft a felony
with tougher punishments than those for shoplifting.
The House Commerce Committee met yesterday to discuss House
bills 5843 and 5902 sponsored by Rep. Joseph Graves, that
would make organized retail theft a felony punishable by up
to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine, along with
restitution to the retailers. Rep. Grave’s wife worked for
Meijer Stores for 26 years. (Source
Four arrested in Burglary ring in South Carolina.
An investigation by the Florence County
Sheriff's Office has opened up a major burglary ring in the Florence
area and put four men behind bars. The strings of burglaries struck
businesses in the City of Florence and surrounding county areas. The
retail stores and businesses include a Subway Sandwich Shop, NAPA
Auto Parts Store, 76 Pawn and Gun, Burger King, and the Advance Auto
Store along with many others. (Source
70-year-old man arrested for organized fraud.
Pasquali Vilardi of Ocala contacted someone, saying Sears was
blowing out overstock flat screen televisions at $200 a piece, but
you needed to purchase five. Someone showed up to meet Vilardi
outside the store and gave him $1,000. Vilardi told the suspecting
customer to wait and someone would be right out with the
televisions. Vilardi does not work for Sears and was later arrested.
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