Porsche seized in counterfeit probe

Porsche seized in counterfeit probe

Police have made two arrests and seized a Porsche and a BMW as part of an investigation into counterfeit car products in Ballymena.

A 47-year-old man and a woman, aged 44, were detained in the Co Antrim town following searches at a variety of locations on Thursday morning.Police recovered two prestige cars and a variety of suspected counterfeit items including key fobs, badges and wheel caps from brands such as Porsche, BMW, Audi and Mercedes.The pair who were arrested are being questioned at Ballymena police station.Detective Inspector Todd Clements, from Organised Crime Branch, said that following a complaint from the car manufacturer BMW, police have searched properties in Ballymena, Portstewart and Belfast."Officers have seized a significant amount of what we believe are counterfeit car products being sold online in a business with a substantial turnover."As part of our restraint operation we have seized two high value cars belonging to the man and woman. We are also in the process of obtaining restraint orders on a house in the Galgorm area of Ballymena and two properties in Portstewart and a number of bank accounts."He continued: "Police are committed to working with industry and the Organised Crime Task Force to ensure producers, workers and the public are protected from fraudsters."I would urge anyone with information about the manufacture, distribution or sale of any counterfeit product to contact police on the non emergency number 101."

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