Middletown Police Make Counterfeit Bust

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014  |  Updated 2:10 PM EDT
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Middletown Police Make Counterfeit Bust

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Middletown police raided a local store earlier this month and said they found hundreds of counterfeit items, including Nike sneakers, Northface jackets, Uggs, CDs and DVDs.

Middletown police raided a local store earlier this month and said they found hundreds of counterfeit items, including Nike sneakers, Northface jackets, Uggs, CDs and DVDs.

Police served search warrants on Definitely Urban Clothing, at 540 Main Street, around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 and deeply discounted items in poor packaging.

The long list of counterfeited items includes 247 pirated CDs, 72 DVD movies, 41 pairs of Nike sneakers, 21 True Religion fleeces, 20 Northface jackets, 14 pairs of Uggs, 13 G Shock watches, 12 pairs of Timberland boots, one Northface vest, one Louis Vuitton handbag, one Louis Vuitton scarf, one Gucci watch and one pair of Coach sneakers, according to police.

Police said Tracey Merritt, 47, of Hartford is listed on the permit.

When police raided the store, he and his common-law wife, Jasmine Lattice Williams, 28, of Middletown, said that they are “not big players” and could not understand why police were searching their business, according to police.

Williams waived her Miranda rights and  admitted they she and Merritt both owned the store and had owned Blueprint 1, a store in Hartford that had previously raided, according to police.

She also acknowledged that the items seized from the store were counterfeit, but did not say where they came from, police said.

Merritt and Williams were charged with forgery of stamps or labels, possession of unauthorized recordings and manufacturing/distribution of recorded media. She was due in court today. 
 

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