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Self-identified "hustler," Tony Mitchell, is arrested in Polk County

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Polk County, Florida -- A 60-year-old man who calls himself a "hustler" has been arrested for selling counterfeit goods. 

On Thursday, December 12, detectives arrested Tony Mitchell for selling counterfeit products out of his business "T Mitch Auto Sales, LLC." Mitchell sold  Nike shoes, Levi Strauss jeans, Louis Vuitton boots, and Coach wallets out of his business located at 128 Ave U, N.W. in Winter Haven.

Mitchell has an extensive criminal history from three states dating from the mid-70s: He has been arrested 7 times in Pennsylvania (including once for Murder, which was later dropped); twice in Georgia; and 27 times in Florida. Mitchell even told deputies:  "Look at my past history; you can see I'm a hustler."  

The investigation began from a tip that Mitchell was receiving counterfeit merchandise at his Winter Haven business. A search warrant was served on Mitchel and the business. There were multiple other brand name products at the business that were determined to be counterfeit. 

The estimated retail value of the counterfeit products recovered is in excess of $40,000. $6,711 cash money in the business was also seized as a result of the investigation. A small amount of marijuana, a scale, and rolling papers were also found.

Mitchell told deputies he pays $28.00 for a pair of "Air Jordan" shoes and sells them on the street for $50.00.

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