RCMP Bust Cell Phone Repair Shops in Counterfeit Seizure

Counterfeit cell phone accessories seized by police in four separate raids in Winnipeg on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. (RCMP HANDOUT)

A large cache of counterfeit cell phone accessories and parts were seized from four Winnipeg retailers on Tuesday.

RCMP executed search warrants at cellular repair shops in the 500 and 600 block of Portage Avenue, the 500 block of St. Anne’s Road and a location at Kildonan Place Shopping Centre.

Police seized knock-off Apple, BlackBerry, Otterbox and Motorola accessories, including screens, speakers, cases and covers.

The specific retailers are not authorized to repair BlackBerry or Apple cell phones, say police. Neither BlackBerry or Apple sell repair parts to anyone, including authorized dealers.

A value on the items seized is still being tallied, but RCMP say it exceeds $100,000.