Officers seize $500,000 in fake merchandise from east side Indianapolis store

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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 13, 2014) – The merchandise may have looked authentic, but it wasn’t.

On Sunday, Indiana State Excise Police seized thousands of counterfeit items worth an estimated $500,000 from Liberty Bell Carpet & Flea Market, 8949 E. Washington St.

Officers searched the east side Indianapolis location from about 11 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Merchandise seized included purses, jackets, wallets, belts, watches, sunglasses, shoes, hats, shirts, pants and cell phone cases.

Excise police said the following items were confiscated:

  • 1,226 purses
  • 3,192 articles of clothing
  • 3,575 pairs of shoes
  • 647 pairs of sunglasses
  • 403 jewelry items
  • 165 belts
  • 1,420 hats

The items were imitations of name brand merchandise from Nike, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Gucci, North Face, Ugg, Coach, Oakley, Prada, Polo, Otterbox and Hermes. The counterfeits also included items from major sports leagues including the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB. In addition, excise officers seized unlicensed copies of movies on DVD.

It took two U-Haul trucks and a large trailer to move all of the merchandise off-site.

Excise police didn’t make any arrests when serving the search warrant, but said the case is ongoing and will be forwarded to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

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