iPhony: State Police Seize Hundreds of Fake Apple Products

Police confiscate nearly $90,000 in counterfeit goods

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    A police sting in Anne Arundel County last week netted hundreds of counterfeit Apple products, according to Maryland State Police.

    Police started their investigation in January, when they learned two stores in the Arundel Mills Mall might be selling fake Apple products. They say the Cyberion store and the ST Tech Pros kiosk were trying to pass off as real fake iPhones, stickers, cases, screens, and parts.

    Search and seizure warrants resulted in 24 counterfeit iPhones, nearly 70 counterfeit screens, and hundreds of other fake iPhone accesories and parts, which police took to Apple experts to confirm they were fake.

    The value of those phony products totaled more than $89,000, according to police.

    No one has been arrested -- but police say that is only for as long as they wait on a review from the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office. The stores were not closed, police said.

    The mall issued a statement: “We do not condone the sale of counterfeit goods and expect our retailers to provide only quality merchandise and courteous customer service," read the statement from Gene Condon, general manager of Arundel Mills. "We are cooperating fully with Maryland State Police as they investigate this matter."

    Police are also warning consumers to beware when buying products that seem too good to be true. They say unexpectedly low prices could indicate that a company logo is all a counterfeit has in common with the real thing.