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The Biggest News in Loss Prevention: December 16 – 22

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.

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The California Highway Patrol’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force made more than 1,000 arrests in the first 11 months of 2023, marking a 109 percent year-over-year increase, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Target’s Reasons for Closing 9 Stores Questioned
On Sept. 26, Target set off a national firestorm when it said it would close nine stores in four states because theft and ORC had made them too dangerous to run. Now, CNBC is saying that the locations it shuttered saw fewer reported crimes than others it chose to keep open.

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Serial Shoplifter Arrested Then Released on $500 Bail Despite Multiple Warrants
Law enforcement is looking for a serial shoplifter after he was released from jail on just $500 bail. Target alone blames him for more than $125,000 in losses, and he had warrants in at least three counties when Minneapolis police arrested him on Thanksgiving.

Nike Files Lawsuit Against Social Media Influencer for Endorsing Counterfeit Products
Nike has filed a trademark lawsuit against social media influencers Nicholas Tuinenberg and Eben “Cedaz” Fox for allegedly promoting counterfeit Nike merchandise to their followers.

Woman Arrested for $8M Theft Ring Targeting Ulta Beauty Stores
A San Diego County woman has been arrested for her role in leading a nationwide shoplifting ring worth more than $8 million in beauty products. She paid as many as 12 people to steal from Ulta Beauty stores, as well as other retail outlets.

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How LA Police Are Fighting Back Against ORC
While flash mob robberies are all over social media this holiday season, the Los Angeles Police Department has officers working around the clock to stop the organized rings behind these heists.

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