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The Biggest News in Loss Prevention: March 2 – 8

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

Police announced an arrest at a retail theft fencing operation on Wednesday containing more than $750,000 worth of stolen goods. Police tracked the stolen merchandise to a home in Oakland, but the investigation that led to that discovery started at an Old Navy store.

Washington Post Article Downplays Retail Theft Crisis
A recent report by a Washington Post writer described Americans’ retail crime concerns as a “late-stage capitalism horror story,” juxtaposing the current “moral panic” to the idea that the US was built on “stolen land.”

Judge Sides with Safeway Employee Fired for Stopping Shoplifter
An attorney for a single mom fired from a Safeway store for confronting a shoplifter lambasted the company and said they were considering suing for lost wages after a judge sided with his client last week.

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Woman Arrested for Armed $50K Robbery of NYC Gucci Store
A woman was arrested for her role in an armed robbery at a Gucci store in New York City in which she and others made off with $50,000 in merchandise, according to police. The woman was with two other men when they struck the luxury store in broad daylight.

DC Store Owners Criticize Theft Amendment in Recently Passed Crime Bill
An amendment to the Secure DC crime bill is facing criticism from some store owners in the city, saying it doesn’t do enough to address theft. The amendment, approved along with the bill on Tuesday night, keeps the felony theft threshold at $1,000 instead of $500 as the council approved in its initial vote last month.

12 Arrested, 19 Wanted in Theft Operation at North Carolina Dollar General Stores
Authorities in North Carolina announced the arrest of 12 people as part of an ongoing investigation into criminal acts at Dollar General stores. Deputies also provided a list of 19 other individuals who are wanted in connection to the operation.

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