Custom motorcycle parts maker facing automobile trademark violation charges

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Authorities have raided a store in Hendersonville, Tenn., that specializes in custom motorcycle parts after General Motors complained the store was selling counterfeit Chevy logo items.

Mike Archbold, 55, owner of All Things Chrome, was arrested Thursday and charged with five counts of forgery. He’s due in court Oct. 12.

General Motors told police they found phony goods at All Things Chrome in Hendersonville last year and sent cease-and-desist letters to the store in May and June.

"In March in 2011 they did a test purchase. They purchased a GM, what was supposed to be an authentic GM part. They sent, they made the purchase and got it back and realized it was not an authentic GM part," Hendersonville Police detective Jimmy Garrett told WTVF.

Police removed 1,600 items including Chevy's bow tie symbols, gear shifters, and dip stick covers.

Archbold says he never got the cease-and-desist letters and that in any case a complaint should be a civil, not criminal, matter.

Archbold says on the store’s website that he opened All Things Chrome in 1995 to make billet aftermarket motorcycle parts.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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