The Biggest News in Loss Prevention: October 8 – 14

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

Retail Theft Ring Worth $7.5M Busted in Chicago Area
Millions of dollars worth of merchandise was recovered last week after thefts in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Wilmette led investigators to a major fencing ring operating in the area.

Long Island Boutique Owner Caught in $40M Designer Knockoff Scam
A Long Island boutique owner turned herself into police after an 18-month undercover investigation into her business operations led to a discovery of more than $40 million in counterfeit designer items.

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Bodega Owners Band Together with $50K Fund for Looting Losses
On Wednesday, the United Bodegas of America announced a $50,000 fund established by thousands of bodega owners to offset losses from the recent spike in retail crime.

Amazon Employees Arrested for Stealing Over $20K in Electronics
Two Amazon warehouse employees in Appling, Georgia were arrested after a loss prevention employee contacted police because he observed the employees smuggling items out of the warehouse.

Chaos Erupts When Shoplifters Toss Cookies and Break Bottles
Chaos erupted when Walmart employees tried questioning two women about shoplifting nearly $700 in merchandise. The suspects responded to the accusations by breaking bottles and throwing cookies at LP employees.

Liquor Store Clerk Fatally Struck with Scooter Over Case of Beer
A 68-year-old store clerk was fatally wounded in Los Angeles while attempting to stop shoplifters from stealing a case of beer. One of the shoplifters struck him in the head with a Bird scooter several times, knocking him unconscious.

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