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LAPD Seizes Counterfeit World Series Merchandise After Undercover Sting

By TheBlast Staff

The Los Angeles Police Department seized dozens of counterfeit World Series t-shirts following an undercover operation during the Fall Classic.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, a detective from the Anti-Piracy Unit and a private investigator who works as an investigative consultant with Major League Baseball underwent an undercover operation on October 24, the night of game one of the World Series.

The documents state the two men negotiated the purchase of six shirts from a group of people working out of Petra Printworks, which is located about eight miles from Dodger Stadium.

The detective states he observed "numerous stacks of white T-shirts with the Major League Baseball logo and World Series 2017 imprinted in blue lettering." There were also several blue shirts with the L.A. Dodgers logo on them.

After making the purchase, the investigator checked with Major League Baseball and learned the operation was not authorized.

The LAPD executed a search warrant on the location the next day and seized various boxes of t-shirts and eight silk screen machines.

If they had just waited a week, the T-shirts would have been worthless.

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