His Airness' hand gives cops clue about fake shoes

Wednesday , February 15, 2012 - 2:44 PM

The Associated Press

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Police say one of the first clues the Nike shoes might be fake was the logo of Michael Jordan. The former NBA star had too many fingers, an officer wrote in his report.

WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/yKtkCA) that the image and other tips led Gwinnett County, Ga., police to seize 78 pairs of Nike sneakers that authorities contend are counterfeit.

Police say they're questioning two South Carolina women they say were traveling with the shoes when police stopped their Pontiac Grand Prix on Saturday on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta.

Aside from Michael Jordan's six fingers, investigators said the serial numbers on the shoes' tongue did not match the numbers on the box. Officers said they could peel the Nike logos right off what appeared to be Nike Air Jordans.

Police say counterfeit goods being transported on I-85 is a growing trend. The hot items are sneakers and designer bags, authorities said.

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