The owner of a Main Street clothing store was arrested Tuesday following a three-month investigation that found he was selling stolen and counterfeit clothing and accessories bearing major brand names like Gucci and Louis Vuitton, according to the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.
Andres Grullon, 56-year-old, of Clifton, was charged with second-degree counterfeiting and third-degree fencing and receiving stolen property, authorities said. Grullon’s store Kaylee G. Fashion located at 322 Main Street in Paterson is estimated to be selling $400,000-$500,000 worth of stolen merchandise annually, authorities said.
Authorities said they received complaints from some of the brands Grullon was selling. A representative from Victoria’s Secret informed authorities Grullon was selling merchandise that were exclusively sold at the company’s stores leading to an investigation.
Authorities began investigating the business in December 2014. Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik said undercover detectives visited the store on several occasions to make purchases. Investigators determined Grullon was selling stolen and counterfeit clothing.
The sheriff said detectives with the assistant of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office recovered over $30,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise from Chanel, Michael Kors, Gucci, LaCoste, Burberry, Louis Vuitton.
Authorities also recovered over $35,000 worth of stolen Victoria’s Secrets pants and undergarments, Berdnik said.
“I want to commend the Members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and security representatives from Victoria’s Secret and other major brands who participated in this operation which led to an arrest the closure of a criminal enterprise that was selling illegal merchandise,” Berdnik said. “Illegal merchandise not only defrauds the consumer, but the legitimate retailer and manufacturers who are also victims of this criminal behavior.”