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Police find $30,000 in fake goods in Duluth shop

DULUTH -- Nearly $30,000 of counterfeit merchandise uncovered in a Duluth gift shop this week included faux designer clothing and stylish footwear, police said.

The shop's owner, Lawrenceville resident Sigi Cherian, 34, is behind bars on charges of forgery and counterfeiting trademarks, police said.

Gwinnett police vice investigators served a warrant Thursday at Sara's Beauty and Gifts, 4025 Satellite Blvd., after receiving a tip that bogus merchandise was being sold there, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

Investigators seized more than 200 pairs of Nike shoes, including coveted Air Force Ones and Air Jordans, along with Timberland boots, Burberry gift bags, Gucci and Louis Vuitton belts, MLB baseball caps and other items that weren't authentic, Ritter said.

The faux Nike shoes alone are valued at $21,500, according to an arrest warrant.

Cherian is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail pending a probable cause hearing scheduled for Thursday.