We know that your week can get busy, and the time you have to catch up on the news from around the retail loss prevention industry is often stolen away by other things. That’s why the LPM team sifts through headlines from all over the country to bring only the most relevant LP news to you here, in our special weekly news round-up — the perfect bookend to a productive week.
Here’s What You May Have Missed
Walgreens Stores Close Due to Shoplifting
Walgreens announced this week that it will close five San Francisco stores due to the organized retail crime surge in the area. This is in addition to the 17 stores the retailer has closed in recent years.
Seattle Business Owners Demand Action Against ORC
Business leaders in Seattle, including executives from Amazon, endorsed a letter from the Downtown Seattle Association to the City Council and Metropolitan King County Council asking the city to fund an initiative to stop the organized retail crime in the city.
Woman Arrested After Shooting a Shoplifter in Phoenix
A woman in Phoenix left a shoplifter with serious injuries after shooting him in a convenience store. The shoplifter was transported to a hospital, while the shooter was booked for aggravated assault.
NYC Businesses Call for Change
The NYPD says that shoplifting from January through September of this year is about 6,000 cases higher compared to all of last year. Government officials are worried this wave of crime will drive major chain stores out of the city, and are looking for solutions.
Participant in Aggressive Retail Theft Ring Sentenced for Gun Fight
A Connecticut man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possessing a gun with an obliterated serial number in a gunfight. This sentence will run consecutive to a six-month prison term for his involvement in an aggressive, large-scale retail theft ring.