Police raid store for counterfeit goods

Definitely Urban Clothing

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– North Face, Nike, UGGS, some of the most popular brands but all of them fake and being sold in Middletown.

Police raided the store for selling hundreds of counterfeit goods.

“How can you tell if that is a real North Face? I don’t know, how can you tell?” said Brett Anderson, New Haven.

Police from Hartford to Middletown to New Haven are out there making sure they get as many of the knock off clothing off the shelves as possible.

“Yeah, they are out there. Yes they are, definitely everywhere,” said Benard McBride, Hartford.

This month, Middletown police arrested two people at the Definitely Urban Clothing for selling knock offs, Tracey Merritt and Jasman Williams.

Tracey Merritt

News 8 went inside the store, and while they didn’t want to talk about it, police released a list of merchandise they seized.

  • Nike: 41 pairs of sneakers
  • Timberland: 12 pairs of boots
  • Ugg: 14 pairs of boots
  • North Face: 20 jackets
  • True Religion: 21 fleeces
  • Louis Vuitton: handbag & scarf
  • Gucci: watch
  • Coach: sneakers

So how can you tell if they are real or fake?

“The bottom of the sneakers tells you, and the thread and the way it is stitched up and laced up. Especially this is hard, the fake ones will be soft,” said McBride.

Police say the same thing, you can tell the knock offs by inferior stitching, materials packaging, and if the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

“With the North Faces, you got to be real careful because the back of it will be thinner than the front of it. That is how you have to find out,” said McBride.

Hartford Police say they shut down the store, The Blue Print, for selling knockoff on Albany Avenue.

Blueprint

“Hartford has all the fake merchandise from jewelry to sneakers, from sneakers to shirts, it’s all in where you go at, you know what I am saying,” said McBride.

Hartford police detectives say when they shut down a place like Blue Print, that merchandise starts popping up in other places in Hartford or in Middletown. They say it is difficult to stop that is why they opened up a task force, and teamed up with federal and state officials to get the merchandise off the shelves.

“I’m from New Haven, same deal. At the flea market on the boulevard, half the stuff is real, half the stuff is fake,” said Anderson.

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