Clovis Police arrest Romanian nationals as part of international counterfeit scheme

The Romanian internationals had over $12,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise in their possession.

Two Romanians have been arrested by Clovis Police for their involvement in an international counterfeit operation of Apple products. 

Clovis Police are still looking into other persons of interest who are also from Romania. 


The big picture: Clovis Police announced Tuesday that an arrest for shoplifting and conspiracy led the department to open an investigation into an international counterfeit operation. 

  • On May 17 the Organized Retail Crime taskforce was working an undercover detail at two major commercial shopping centers in Clovis, located at Willow and Herndon Avenues and Clovis and Shaw Avenues. 
  • At around 8 p.m., employees from the Target in northwest Clovis called the police to report a shoplifting in progress. 
  • Officers detained a female juvenile and an adult male in the parking lot and discovered counterfeit Apple products with them. 
  • Detectives searched their hotel room in Fresno and seized over $12,000 worth of counterfeit Apple Air Pods and i-Watches made in China and shipped to the United States through Europe. 

Go deeper: The adult arrested in the case is Vasila Stoian, 18. 

  • Both suspects were cited and released for misdemeanor theft and conspiracy. 
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