Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR)
Conference Set for Oct. 24-27
The annual Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (C.L.E.A.R.) Conference is
fast approaching. This year it will be held in Reno, Nevada, from October 24-27,
and the group hopes to surpass the 200 attendees who attended last year's
conference in Baltimore.
CLEAR has put together an outstanding training agenda, including an 8 hour block
on the use of social media in your investigations. This training is being
presented by Panopticon, providing a training model developed specifically to
meet the needs of loss prevention and law enforcement professionals who attend
We will also be addressing current trends in retail
crime, including: Return Fraud, Critical Incidents, Credit Card Fraud, Identity
Theft and Mobile Phone Providers, and ORC Trends. We have scheduled
presentations from Bob Moraca- National Retail Federation, the Las Vegas Metro
PD "RAPP" Team, and lessons learned from a defense attorney.
For more information about this important
Wilton, CT: Woman Makes
Confession as Police Investigate Shoplifting Ring
Wilton Police were investigating a July 15 shoplifting incident at the CVS
where $2,602 in items had been stolen. In reviewing the store's security
video, officers noticed two suspicious women and then saw a third female
standing nearby and wondered whether she was connected. They called her
about the shoplifting case, but the woman replied: No, she didn't know the
other women, but yes she had been shoplifting on her own. Nicole Yost was
charged with larceny. Meanwhile, police have also identified one of the two
women who they believe are part of a ring that has hit at least 26 CVS
locations throughout the metro NY area and PA. When Wilton Police sent out
photos of the suspects and information about the case a police agency in PA
recognized one of the suspects. The woman is in custody in Pennsylvania.
PA Appeals Court backs
shoplifter's conviction for stealing a basketful of Rogaine
A state appeals court panel has refused to void the retail theft conviction
for a man who ran out of a Walgreen's store with a "basket filled with
Rogaine." However, the Superior Court judges told an Allegheny County judge
to reconsider the $800 in restitution he ordered Marco Munno to pay the Moon
Township Walgreen's for the theft of that hair growth product.
KY: Police 2nd Alert this month; More Shoplifters are hitting Home Depot
Florence police are asking the public to help identify two accused
shoplifters. Police said two men stole power tools and tool kits from the
Home Depot on Spiral Boulevard. The alleged thefts happened on Sept. 9 hours
apart. The first allegedly took place around 11 a.m. by the man pictured on
the right. Around 2:30 p.m., the man to the left allegedly took two tool
kits. Police said they have not said if the men were working together.
Florence police put out an alert for a theft at the same store last week.
They also have not said if these thefts are connected to that one.
Alpharetta, GA: Woman
steals $1K in clothes from Macy's
Police arrested a woman Sept. 3 for shoplifting $1,000 worth of clothing
from a local Macy's. The loss prevention officer told police that she saw
the woman, 47-year-old Melissa Rottner, take several items of clothing from
the shelves and conceal them in her bag. Loss Prevention confronted Rottner
outside the store and contacted police. They found 27 items of clothing in
Garden City, MI: Woman caught
shoplifting twice at Kmart in 3 days, $333 of merchandise recovered