Surprise man arrested for selling counterfeit NFL jerseys

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SURPRISE -- Surprise police detectives arrested Douglas Holmes, 49, for selling counterfeit NFL merchandise from his home.

Sgt. Mark Ortega said detectives were contacted by NFL officials who spotted Holmes' advertisement on Craigslist.

Police detectives and NFL representatives went to Holmes' residence and posed as buyers. Detectives then seized 170 counterfeit jerseys all bearing official NFL trademarks.

NFL reps said the official version of the jersey that was seized can cost $300 apiece.

"The NFL representatives showed us the difference in the quality and the inferior workmanship of the seized jerseys," Detective Sgt. Greg Welch said. "It comes down to buyer beware."

Ortega said Holmes was arrested and charged with sales and possession of counterfeit marks, which is a class 5 felony.