In June of 2017, the Newport Police Department received information that several businesses
operating in Newport were selling high end counterfeit goods. Based on this information, the
Newport Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division conducted a two-month long
investigation which resulted in seven search warrants being issued for seven businesses
throughout the city.
On August 22, 2017, the Newport Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division served
and executed these warrants. The warrants were for the display with the intent to sell and selling
counterfeit goods in violation of Rhode Island General Law § 11-17-13.
Hundreds of suspected counterfeit goods, such as jewelry, handbags and purses were seized from
the businesses. The suspected goods counterfeited are high end brand names and federally
registered trademarks to include: Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Chanel. The
retail value of the seized items totaled more than seven-hundred thousand dollars ($700,000).
No arrests were made. This is an ongoing investigation.
Below is a list of the businesses that were served with the search warrants:
• Be Dazzled-23 America’s Cup Avenue
• Be Dazzled-225 Goddard Row
• Heaven on Earth-3 Christie’s Landing
• Chez Shell-408 Thames Street
• Heaven on Earth-431 Thames Street
• Vintage to Vogue-489 Thames Street
• Vintage to Vogue Too-489 Thames Street