Four at regional flea market charged with trademark counterfeiting
The federal Department of Homeland Security and state police are assisting Collier Township police, Allegheny County, in investigating the sale of pirated merchandise Sunday at Trader Jack’s flea market, 999 Steen Road, Bridgeville, resulting in four arrests.
Thousands of motion-picture DVDs, fragrances, toys and apparel were seized after a caller to Allegheny County 911 emergency dispatch alerted Collier police about DVDs that had been unlawfully produced or copied.
Kevin Walker of Pittsburgh and a boy will be charged by summons.
While investigating the incident involving the DVDs, Collier police were alerted that another merchant had abandoned his space, leaving his vehicle and a display of name-brand perfumes and cologne.
Collier police Chief Thomas Devin said the unattended display drew quite a crowd.
Police secured the display and discovered the fragrances were actually unlawful knock-offs of the name brands.
While searching for the vendor, Collier police discovered yet another vendor inside the flea market who was selling counterfeit toys, clothing, pillows and dinnerware. NFL, MLB and other brand apparel were among the thousands of items seized. Two vehicles and more than $1,500 also were confiscated.
Police arrested Zhongming Dai of North Versailles and Liangle Sun of New York for felony trademark counterfeiting. Dai also was charged with resisting arrest. A man who lives in Ohio fled, and Devin said police are working to confirm his identity.
Trader Jack’s flea market, a landmark along Interstate 79 near the Heidelberg interchange, is open each weekend.