Franklin police confiscated fake UGG boots and The North Face jackets last month, and instead of destroying them, they’re donating them to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.
FRANKLIN -- Police in Franklin are managing to help people in need after seizing counterfeit jackets and boots.
According to investigators, Franklin Police confiscated boxes of phony UGG boots and North Face jackets during the St. Martin's Fair last year.
Rather than have the counterfeit items destroyed, FPD sought approval from retailers The North Face and UGG to donate the clothing to people in need.
Both companies ok'ed the idea, so police are now working with Milwaukee-based charitable organization Mana Ministries to donate the times to Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
"We were in a position to use some of these items to hopefully help out other people," said Det. Jesse Hintz, of the Franklin Police Department.
Tomorrow, the 40 pairs of boots and more than 300 jackets will be handed over to the ministry volunteers so they can be shipped to Puerto Rico.
Hintz is optimistic that people in Puerto Rico in need of jackets or shoes will be able to put them to good use. The island is home to five The North Face stores and 10 UGG stores.