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
Months-Long Retail Crime Spree Ends
A months-long crime spree came to an end when five men from the Detroit area were arrested in East Texas. The men were traveling south and engaging in organized retail theft when an LP officer at a Walmart called the police while observing thefts.
Alibaba Launches E-Commerce Anti-Counterfeit Consortium
Alibaba’s regional e-commerce platform Lazada came together with leading brands like HP Inc. and BMW to announce the launch of Southeast Asia’s first e-commerce anti-counterfeit consortium.
Pot Shop Security Guard Fatally Shoots Man Who Hit Him With Axe
Police are investigating a deadly confrontation between a security guard and a man with an axe outside of a marijuana dispensary in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood.
Liquor Shoplifting Hitting Record Highs in Portland
Shoplifting at Portland, Oregon liquor stores has skyrocketed and is only getting worse, according to data from the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission. Many are blaming the fact that petty theft like this is only a misdemeanor.
Police and AP Investigator Accepted Bribes to Not Pursue Shoplifters
A Dillon, South Carolina police officer and Walmart asset protection investigator were arrested for taking bribes in exchange for not prosecuting shoplifting charges. The men accepted bribes on at least two occasions.
NJ Flash Mob Shoplifters Could Soon Face Jail Time
New legislation introduced by two New Jersey senators would target flash mob shoplifters who ransack stores, destroy small businesses, and grab anything they want. Currently, shoplifting is considered a petty disorderly theft in the state.