Police seize $11.3M in counterfeit goods from Shrewsbury storage facility

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — More than $11.3 million in counterfeit goods, like Gucci, Prada, Luis Vuitton, and Chanel were recently seized from a storage facility in Shrewsbury, law enforcement officials announced Tuesday.

Boston 25 security analyst and former superintendent in chief of Boston Police Dan Linskey says operations like this are prevalent.

“It is happening everywhere, it is a multibillion-dollar industry with knockoff goods,” says Linskey.

Officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots in the area of Holden and Bow Streets on the afternoon of June 17 and began searching the property of the “Extra Space Storage” facility on Clinton Street in an effort to track down the source of the gunfire, according to the Shrewsbury Police Department.

The investigation led officers to a storage unit, where they found thousands of items of merchandise neatly displayed on shelves, tables, and boxes, and laid out in a manner “similar to how they would be displayed in a retail store for sale,” police said.

Police said officers observed knockoff handbags, sunglasses, hats, shoes, clothing, backpacks, cologne, phone cases, earbuds, and umbrellas from high-end brands including Rolex, Gucci, Prada, Luis Vuitton, Chanel, Nike, and North Face.

A subsequent search of the storage unit revealed that the interior wall of three adjoining units had been removed to essentially create a usable space equal to three units, according to police.

After turning to Powers and Associates for assistance, a group that represents over 60 trademark holders, officers, and detectives collected 16,644 counterfeit items worth an estimated $11.3 million dollars from the storage units. An additional 19 items worth nearly $45,000 were taken from two vehicles that were parked near the units.

Linskey says there is a way to know if something is counterfeit.

“If it is too good to be true, it is probably counterfeit,” says Linskey.

Extra Space Storage would not do an interview, but said the company is “supporting police on their investigation.”

Meanwhile, police are still looking into this incident and no suspects have been identified at this time.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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