Virginia Man Busted With Replica Watches

Rolex Submariner, Omega, Breitling, Patek Philippe, Hublot, Audemars Piguet, watches

A Virginia man who drove through a red light close to the Holland Tunnel recently was arrested after Authorities found Counterfeit watches and other fake designer merchandise inside the vehicle he was operating according to Port Authority Police.  

William C. Manigo, 46, of Danville, Va., was initially charged with Trademark Counterfeiting and issued Traffic Summons following a 9 p.m. traffic stop at 14th Street and Marin Boulevard.  Port Authority Police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said Manigo ran a red light, and (when he was pulled over), an Officer noticed several designer pocketbooks, purses, and loose designer logos on the floor of Manigo's vehicle. 

The officer also noted two large black plastic bags on the floor of the vehicle, which contained a number of other counterfeit pocketbooks, purses, watches and sunglasses, Pentangelo said. 

The Police spokesman said Manigo told them: "I just picked them up from China Town and I'm just trying to make a living."

The counterfeit goods included items purported to be Michael Kors, Burberry and Louis Vuitton, Police said, adding that Manigo's pockets were also filled with designer logos. He was carrying $569 in cash on his person at the time of his Arrest for Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods.

Pentangelo said Court records show the suspect has a prior Criminal history in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia for various Counterfeit Goods and Controlled Substance offenses.

Manigo was placed under Arrest and taken to Hudson County Jail in Kearny, while the goods were logged. Bail was set at $3,000, Pentangelo said.

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