If you made your way out and about around Newport on Tuesday, you may have noticed heavy police activity in front of several retail shops.
What’sUpNewp reached out to the Newport Police Department after seeing the heavy police activity and U-Hauls in front of several local businesses on Tuesday, including Vintage to Vogue and Chez Shell.
The Newport Police Department tells What’sUpNewp that in June they received information that several businesses operating in Newport were selling high-end counterfeit goods. Based on this information, the Newport Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division conducted a two-month long investigation which resulted in seven search warrants being issued for seven businesses throughout the city.
On August 22, 2017, the Newport Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division served and executed these warrants. The warrants were for the display with the intent to sell and selling
counterfeit goods in violation of Rhode Island General Law § 11-17-13.
Hundreds of suspected counterfeit goods, such as jewelry, handbags and purses were seized from the businesses, according to the Newport Police Department. The suspected goods counterfeited are high-end brand names and federally registered trademarks to include: Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Chanel. The retail value of the seized items totaled more than seven-hundred thousand dollars ($700,000).
No arrests were made and this is an ongoing investigation, according to the Newport Police Department.
Below is a list of the businesses that were served with the search warrants:
• Be Dazzled-23 America’s Cup Avenue
• Be Dazzled-225 Goddard Row
• Heaven on Earth-3 Christie’s Landing
• Chez Shell-408 Thames Street
• Heaven on Earth-431 Thames Street
• Vintage to Vogue-489 Thames Street
• Vintage to Vogue Too-489 Thames Street