Plaza Bootery Raided by Cops: Update
19 Jan, 2011
By Polly Kreisman and Diana Marszalek
The Westchester District Attorney’s office had received at least one tip from Larchmont residents about counterfeit merchandise at Plaza Bootery.
Police cars and a police van pulled up in front of the store at 1910 Palmer Ave. in Larchmont about 3:00pm Tuesday, and a few minutes later, an officer emerged from the store carrying 25 boxes of what were being sold as Uggs boots, several items of clothing labeled as North Face, and a computer hard drive.
Another officer later said they were looking for evidence of counterfeit merchandise. At least three investigators from the DA’s office were also on he scene.
Calls to Village of Police Headquarters were not returned.
We reported in December there were several complaints in the area about bootleg boots. We did not mention Plaza Bootery by name, though three customers complained to us about the allegedly fake Uggs, because we were unable to confirm that the merchandise was, in fact, knock offs.
Plaza also has stores in Bronxville and Greenwich, CT. Larchmont store owner Lee Mendes has not responded to past inquiries on this subject from theLoop.
A Larchmont resident told theLoop this evening that she bought a pair of Uggs for her daughter at Plaza Bootery in December. The price was $140, she said, but, as is well known to shoppers there, the store does not charge tax if one pays in cash, so she paid slightly less.
I noticed a metal tag on the boots that didn’t look right,” she said. “Underneath it were Chinese letters.”
The metal tags fell off, she said, and she returned the boots, requesting an exchange. Instead, she received a store credit because she did not have a receipt.
“I didn’t have a receipt because I paid cash to begin with,” she said.
She later paid $110 for the same boots at zappos.com
Another Larchmont resident says her babysitter was not so lucky. She says her sitter bought Uggs at Plaza “that soon fell apart.”
“If you look online,” she tells us, “you can read about how you can tell a fake Ugg. These were definitely fake.” She says the store, in this case, would not accept a return.
Intentionally selling copyright-protected goods without permission is a federal crime. First-time offenders can face up to 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine.
We will update this story when we have more information.