GRAND BEND, ON, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - In the past week, investigators from the Sarnia RCMP Detachment seized approximately 950 counterfeit purses, clothing, jewelry and accessories from a store in Grand Bend.
The seized items include brand names of COACH, Chanel, Burberry, Prada, Ray-Ban, Louis Vuitton and Juicy Couture and are valued at approximately $65,000.00. At this time, no charges have been laid however the investigation is on-going.
The Sarnia RCMP Detachment would like to advise the public to protect themselves from the risks associated with buying counterfeit items by purchasing licenced products from reputable retailers.
Some indicators that goods may be counterfeit/pirated include:
- Price is much lower than average.
- Packaging has a shoddy appearance or spelling mistakes.
- Products normally sold in packages are being sold individually.
- Products (particularly electrical) are of poor quality and /or lacking name brand or certification.
Due to a lack of quality control, counterfeit products such as pharmaceuticals, electrical devices, perfumes, children's clothing and toys may pose a health risk to the public. Further information is available on the RCMP's website at: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/fep-pelf/ipr-dpi/index-eng.htm
Anyone with information regarding the sale or production of counterfeit merchandise is asked to contact the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
RCMP Sarnia Detachment
105 Christina St. S