updated 07:24 pm EDT, Thu August 29, 2013
Goods totalling $90,000 seized by police from both outfits
Police in Anne Arundel county in Maryland have concluded an investigation into counterfeit parts and other products being sold as genuine Apple repair components. Both the Cyberion store and the ST Tech Pros stand-alone kiosk in the Arundel Mills mall were raided, with around $90,000 in fake screens, cases, and other parts seized from the two retailers. Both stores offered iOS screen and device repair in the outlet mall.
The search warrants unveiled 24 fake iPhones, 70 counterfeit screens, and hundreds of other fake parts. No arrests have been made, and the stores remain open, pending a review from the Maryland State Attorney's Office.
The mall itself issued a statement on the raid, promising assistance. "We do not condone the sale of counterfeit goods and expect our retailers to provide only quality merchandise and courteous customer service," said Gene Condon, general manager of Arundel Mills. "We are cooperating fully with Maryland State Police as they investigate this matter."
"These organizations that make these products are using substandard materials. They are doing everything they can to make them look like the real thing," said Greg Shipley with the Maryland State Police. "Our investigators believe that they were acting as some type of authorized Apple repair shop and they were taking Apple phones and replacing them with interior parts that were inferior, that were fake, that were not Apple products."