Fake brands pop up in Yorkton, RCMP not buying
Two people are facing charges for allegedly selling name-brand goods that were actually counterfeits, RCMP in Yorkton say.
The alleged fakes included popular clothing lines by such brands as Lulelemon, Harley-Davidson and DC.
Sgt. James Morton said the sellers were offering a wide selection of articles, from hats to bunny hugs to heavy pullover sweaters.
According to RCMP the suspects have been travelling throughout Saskatchewan, appearing in different communities for short periods of time. Police believe they have been in North Battleford, Saskatoon, Melfort, Nipawin, Tisdale, Canora, Kamsack and Yorkton in the past month.
Morton said the suspects kept their stock in large plastic containers and would sell the items out of a hotel room, or the back of a van.
When they arrived in Yorkton, the suspects talked to several people about their goods and encouraged them to get the word out and to post information on Facebook.
RCMP believed the goods were made by purchasing plain garments, such as sweatshirts, and then adding designer logos to the clothes.
The logos were ordered from the internet as press-on stencils. The end results would resemble top-quality branded garments.
"If I were to be buying them, I wouldn't know the difference whether it was original or not," Morton said.
Police in Yorkton were suspicious of the operation because of how the items were packaged and the fact that the sellers set up near a bar in that city.
Morton said consumers who may be concerned about buying fake goods should consider how the goods are displayed.
He said if something is being sold from the back of a truck, it is likely not sourced from authentic manufacturers.
Two people, a 35-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, both from Alberta, are facing charges under Canada's copyright laws. They are set to appear in court in Yorkton on Jan. 14.