In response to the scope and severity of organized retail crime concerns across the country, there has been an increased effort on the part of retailers and law enforcement agencies to share information regarding organized retail crime at the local, state, and regional levels. Organized retail crime associations have helped provide that vehicle, opening doors to improve legislation, enhance investigations, and build cooperative relationships in the battle against organized retail crime.
Hear from our panel of experts as they offer key insights into the nuts and bolts of building a successful organized retail crime program, how to work with one of the world’s largest online marketplaces to fight ORC, current organized retail crime trends, and the importance of building relationships in the ongoing battle against this pandemic within a pandemic. This presentation will be moderated by well-known asset protection executive Paul Jones, LPC.
Tony Sheppard, LPC
Director of ORC, Ulta Beauty
Tony Sheppard has spent the last 25 years working in retail asset protection, the last 12 years specifically engaged in the fight against organized retail crime. He is currently the Director of ORC for Ulta Beauty. Tony provides guidance and advice in combating ORC to his counterparts in retail as well as law enforcement. He is certified as an expert witness on ORC and product and has also helped draft multiple state organized retail crime and theft bills that have become law.
Christian Hardman, LPQ
Supervisor, Global Asset Protection, eBay
Christian Hardman is the Supervisor for eBay’s Global Asset Protection (GAP) North America PROACT & Criminal Investigations team. Christian has a combined 7+ years of experience with GAP and over 11 years’ experience at eBay, having worked on various other risk teams. He has conducted numerous criminal investigations touching a wide spectrum of case types, provided testimony during criminal trials, and currently manages eBay’s PROACT program in which he partners with retailers directly to investigate cases of ORC and the sale of stolen goods.
Caitlin Blake, CFI
Corporate Investigations and ORC Program Manager, Abercrombie & Fitch
Caitlin Blake is currently the Corporate Investigations and ORC Program Manager for Abercrombie & Fitch. Prior to joining the team at A&F and working to combat Organized Retail Crime in the private sector, Caitlin was a Special Agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). She is an active member of RILA’s Crimes Against Business Committee. She also holds the Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) designation.
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