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The Biggest News in Loss Prevention: January 27 – February 2

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

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Chicago has arrested the leaders of an alleged identity fraud ring that targeted migrants and fueled a rise in downtown retail theft. They directed recent Venezuelan migrants to steal items from Magnificent Mile stores in exchange for identity cards that would allow them to get jobs.

New ORC Bill Gaining Traction in Arizona State Legislature
A new bill that aims to help in the fight against ORC is gaining some traction in Arizona. House Bill 2435 hopes to deter ORC by imposing tougher sentences on criminals, requiring enhanced sentences for repeat offenders who commit three or more organized retail thefts.

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28-Year-Old Arrested for Flash Robbery in California
The Glendale Police Department and Organized Retail Crime Task Force served a search warrant, finding an unregistered handgun, extended magazine, ammunition, and approximately $4,500 belonging to a 28-year-old connected to the California Nordstrom flash robbery in August 2023.

Schnucks Limits How Many Items You Can Buy at Self-Checkout
Midwest grocery chain Schnucks is putting a cap on how many items customers can buy at its self-checkout. Now these lanes are limited to customers with ten items or fewer in an effort to improve customer service and stop theft.

3 Arrested in Phoenix Ulta Store Thefts
Three suspects have been arrested for organized retail theft at Ulta stores in Phoenix. Police say the 20-year-old, 19-year-old, and 23-year-old stole more than $14,000 worth of merchandise from Ulta stores in Phoenix in November.

Colorado Town Investing Thousands to Protect Small Business Owners from Theft
A business district in Aurora, Colorado is one of the biggest retail theft targets in the country. The city has invested thousands into the security of local businesses through grants, helping store owners install cameras, alarm systems, bullet-resistant window film, and door hardware.

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