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Fake luxury goods bust

FOUR suspects were detained and more than 1,000 luxury goods were confiscated as authorities cracked down on a store in a downtown office building that was selling fake luxury goods, police said yesterday.

The products were mainly bags, accessories and watches of 21 brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Rolex.

Police said they received a tip early this year that the store, hiding in a commercial building on Jianguo Road M., was selling counterfeit bags, suitcases, wallets and watches.

The store on the third floor of the building was rented by one of the suspects, surnamed Xu, and most of the customers were foreigners, police said.

"Usually the customers came after 2pm, and most of them didn't speak Chinese," said an officer surnamed Wang. "Most of them were tourists brought by their guides."

The counterfeit luxury goods were priced from hundreds of yuan to several thousand yuan in the store, compared to real versions of the same products that fetch 10 times or even 100 times that much in authorized outlets, police said.

Police raided the store on August 23 and caught four suspects, a couple surnamed Xu, one surnamed Lu and the other surnamed Wang. The suspects confessed that they started the business in May and that all the products were purchased from a market in the city, police said.


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