In the area’s latest flea market bust, investigators used surveillance equipment and name-brand products from Kroger and CVS to shut down alleged racketeering rings that stretched across five Ohio counties and involved fencing name-brand and counterfeit goods at the Caesar Creek Flea Market.
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The newspaper gathered court records and talked with authorities from Columbus to Washington Courthouse to Lebanon, and interviewed national experts on organized retail crime and flea markets. Incident reports, search warrants and court filings complement information gathered from interviews and press releases by authorities involved in the most recent undercover operation targeting the resale of stolen name-brand goods and counterfeit products.