Police seize fake Nike shoes at gas station
Police confiscated 14 pairs of the Air Force One basketball shoes Monday after investigators for Recon Management of Oakland County bought one pair of the illegally tagged shoes. They called Warren police who seized the merchandise at the gasoline station, located on Eight Mile Road at Groesbeck Highway.
Detective Sgt. Michael Torey said he received information on the nike d rose illegal sales from the investigators who work for a company that represents Nike.
Torey said police will prepare a case today and present it to the county prosecutor's office, which will decide whether to charge the manager. Torey also nike golf hat said police would like to find out the station manager's source for the shoes.
The investigators from Recon Management, Rico Hill and Louis Calhoun, told police the manager had been selling counterfeit items for some time.
The manager, whose name was not released, lives in Sterling Heights, Torey said.
Police said the knock off items are made cheaply and carry the logo of the expensive product.
Calhoun, whose firm is in Bingham Farms, is the investigative group manager. He said Recon Management sends out investigators throughout the state looking for counterfeit Nike shoes.
"We buy counterfeit shoes, contact Nike and give them the information," said Calhoun. "We then serve that company with a cease and desist order for them to stop immediately."
If the firm continues selling the counterfeit item, police are called and Nike prosecutes.
Calhoun said he has investigated stores that were selling 15,000 to 20,000 illegal items. He said Nike prosecutes those businesses immediately.
He said scam artists often rent space in a strip mall to sell counterfeit items. He said they also sell these items out of their homes, liquor stores and clothing stores. He said they buy the counterfeit items from people across the country, especially New York City.
Calhoun also said that people buying counterfeit items are unlikely to get a receipt.
"The biggest problem is the city is losing the taxes from people selling these items under the counter," said Calhoun. nike y adidas "In this case, the city of Warren is being hurt the most. They aren't getting the taxes due to them and neither is the state."