Maryland State Police seize $89,000 worth of counterfeit Apple products

“Maryland State Police said they’ve recovered hundreds of counterfeit Apple products that were for sale at two stores in Arundel Mills Mall, and they’re warning consumers to beware of what they’re buying,” Barry Simms reports for WBAL-TV.

“Officers said they raided the Cyberion store and the ST Tech Pros kiosk last Friday and recovered hundreds of fake Apple products that were being sold as authentic factory replacements,” Simms reports. “The items recovered included iPhones and the colored fronts and backings that go with them, cellphone conversion kits, iPhone and iPad covers, Apple product ID stickers, iPad replacement screens and various internal iPhone parts. Detectives also found packaging materials, equipment used to design and print those materials and computer equipment believed to be used to clone phones.”

“‘Our investigators believe that they were acting as some type of authorized Apple repair shop and they were taking Apple phones and replacing them with interior parts that were inferior, that were fake, that were not Apple products,’ Shipley said,” Simms reports. “Police said the estimated value of all the items was more than $89,000.”

More info and video here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Edward W.,” and “Sarah” for the heads up.]

5 Comments

  1. I cant believe that people can do this to a little shop! People buy these cheaper refurbished iPhones and they KNOW that they are counter fit, or “NON-OEM” This is a RIP! VaultFeed said something worth noting: http://vaultfeed.com/counterfeit-iphone-and-apple-products-taken-by-police-worth-89000-video/ Auto Parts businesses sell “NON-OEM” parts, but they don’t get busted? Why don’t we all have the freedom to use the parts we want, when we want! I think Apple just wants to control the quality of their products! But even the most long-term-reliable auto makers like Honda have MILLIONs of counterfeit parts sold yearly, and they don’t go around getting everyone in trouble because people have “less of a quality experience” This doesn’t make sense to me! Why can police steal a poor shops stuff because of this? I DONT think that the cops can really do something like this. Don’t you agree with me that if they cant bust auto-part makers how is the device and device repair world any different? PLESE TELL…

    1. The police don’t bust auto parts stores because they aren’t representing GENUINE GM/Ford/ ect factory parts like those stores were representing genuine Apple parts/products with cheap knock-offs. Big difference!

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