• Outlet store raided in bootleg merchandise bust


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.,None - WFTV was there when police and federal immigration agents raided a store inside an Orange County outlet store on Thursday.

    A store inside the Magic Outlet Mall on Colonial Drive is suspected of doing $4 million to $6 million worth of business each year in bootleg purses, investigators said.

    Orlando police said a tipster led them to the store in the Magic Outlet Mall, claiming the owners sold fake merchandise from a back room.

    Police told WFTV the owners made a lot of money last year by selling the counterfeit items.

    "Our early estimate is $4 [million] to $6 million," said Sgt. Mark Canty of the Orlando Police Department.

    Investigators said it was a huge operation that was selling purses, perfumes and shoes under names such as Coach and Gucci. However, the merchandise was not authentic.

    Orlando police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents said they confiscated the fake merchandise.

    "Right now, we're collecting the evidence [and] items, and packing it up and taking it back, bring it up for prosecution," said Canty.

    Two people believed to be the owners of the store were handcuffed.

    However, police said that at this point, no one has been arrested.

    Investigators said the store may have been part of a larger operation.

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