PA man arrested for attempting to sell counterfeit merchandise at recent Polar Bear Plunge event
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Police say a Pennsylvania man was arrested on Sunday after he reportedly tried to sell counterfeit event merchandise at the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge.
Shortly after noon, an event participant notified a uniformed Delaware State Trooper and a DNREC Park Ranger that a man was trying to sell counterfeit merchandise on the beach in the area of Rehoboth Avenue. Officers investigated and located 58-year-old Edward Brandt holding up a counterfeit event t-shirt in an attempt to sell it, who then tried to conceal the shirt when he saw the officers.
Officers immediately recognized Brandt from a photo that circulated the media back in 2016, attempting to identify him for conducting similar sales at that year’s polar plunge event. Police say the shirts Brandt was attempting to sell this year were nearly identical to the one pictured in the 2016 photo, just with the date changed to reflect this year’s event.
Through investigation, officers recovered roughly 145 counterfeit Lewes Polar Bear Plunge t-shirts, along with several hundred dollars in cash, from Brandt.
Brandt was arrested and charged with displaying and attempting to sell trademark counterfeit merchandise and theft by false promise under $1,500. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.