NEW ALBANY, Ind. — The Indiana State Excise Police raided a convenience store and walked out with what appeared to be expensive Nike sports shoes and various NBA hats.
It turned out they were counterfeit merchandise.
Authorities said they recovered $65,059 in cash and various items Tuesday, including 84 pairs of shoes.
Officers worked with Nike’s North America Brand Protection unit over the past week on their investigation, according to a press release.
“Often the regulatory responsibilities of the state excise police lead to other types of suspected criminal activities,” Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said in the release.
Counterfeiting brand-name items and selling them on the open market has become a lucrative business. Many of the items are made in China and shipped around the world.
Details for this story were provided by the News and Tribune in Jeffersonville, Ind.