LPD warns of counterfeit items after indictments

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Updated: 8/20/2013 7:10 am

Two suspects indicted by a Lubbock grand jury for selling counterfeit items at a flea market. It happened in early June at the national flea market on Clovis Highway.

Private investigators for Nike and New Era scoped the booths after being tipped off to vendors selling counterfeit jerseys, ballcaps and other merchandise.

Donnie Garcia, 32, and Jerry Casias, 18, were both indicted on a state felony charge of counterfeiting.

Lubbock Police Department Sergeant Jason Lewis said selling faux items occurs more often that we realize. He said you need to be wary about whether it's a knockoff or the real deal.

"If it's too good to be true, it's probably too good to be true. If you see some really low prices and you know that Nike charges $100 or $150 for these jerseys and then you see it at a flea market for $15, it's probably not the read deal," Sgt. Lewis said. "It's probably not going to wear like the real Nike jersey, and it's not going to look like the real jersey when you put it on and it'll say Nike but it's not."

Lewis said do your homework. Know what the material is made of, how it's stitched and check for a manufacturer number before you buy.

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Liberty Seeker - 8/19/2013 9:26 PM
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I thought that everything at flea markets was either used, fake, or cheaply made junk. Some of the booths appear to be very "proud" of their second hand stuff, due to their prices. I saw Dollar Tree merchandise for 3 times the retail price, and had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing out loud. In fact, I had seen 2 thrift shops with their second hand store tag price to be higher than the visible retail [brand new] price tag that was still on the item. Used junk doesn't appear to be cheap any more.
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