More than $160,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise was seized from a Murfreesboro business after an investigation by private investigators and Rutherford County Sheriff’s detectives, a sheriff’s detective said.
Merchandise was seized from Crazy C’s Liquidation on West College Street after a search warrant was served at the store, said sheriff’s Detective Steve Brown. Merchandise recovered included North Face jackets, gloves and beanies, Dr. Dre Beats headphones and Under Armour clothing.
The case will be presented in March to the Rutherford County grand jury for a possible indictment on charges of selling or distributing merchandise without the authorization of the intellectual property owner.
Private investigators bought counterfeit merchandise and discussed with a store seller the possibility of buying more counterfeit merchandise. The investigators contacted Capt. David Hailey of the Sheriff’s Office for assistance.
Detective Brown and Detective Patty Hillis joined the investigators at the store to view the counterfeit merchandise. One of the investigators and the seller discussed buying 500 North Face jackets for $14,000 for sale that afternoon.
Later that day, Detective Brown served a search warrant and confiscated counterfeit property and other documents related to the investigation. Detective Brown advised the seller that charges are pending.
“All property will be held until disposition of this case is complete at which time appropriate property will be destroyed in accordance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines,” Detective Brown said.