Suspect arrested for reportedly selling counterfeit NFL jerseys | Crime
(WMC-TV) – A buy operation put on by Shelby County was underway for almost a month investigating counterfeit NFL jerseys.
An arrest was finally made Monday, according to the police report.
In early September, an officer received a text message from suspect SandipKumar Patel saying he had jerseys on the Big Daddy’s Pawn Shop parking lot on Hickory Hill and Winchester.
Patel stated over a recorded line that he saw a police car on the lot and wanted to change locations.
He had the undercover officers move closer to Winchester to complete the transaction.
The officers purchased a ReeBok style Saints Jersey Super Bowl edition, #9 Brees for $40.
Surveillance officers caught Patel’s vehicle tags. Undercover and surveillance officers drove past Mississippi lines and followed the suspect’s car until it took a turn onto a side street. Then they lost track of the vehicle.
The jersey was taken to the ALERT office where it was secured, it was later confirmed that the jersey was counterfeit.
Later in September, one of the undercover police officers received an email from Patel stating 26 Nike jerseys had been ordered.
Monday, officers watched Patel pull into a driveway at a house in Southaven. He went into the house, grabbed his merchandise and then drove to a parking lot off of Ridge Lake Drive.
Patel showed the undercover officer the 26 NFL jerseys and one pair of Nike tennis shoes totalling $2,600 in value.
Officers called the takedown system and put Patel into custody.
When Patel was being read his Miranda Rights he stated that he keeps and stores merchandise that is counterfeit in his bedroom in his family’s house.
Patel said he orders his counterfeit merchandise online and it is shipped from China.