September searches of three Virginia Beach Oceanfront businesses yielded more than 1,000 counterfeit items and $9,500 in drug paraphernalia, police say.
The businesses, all located on the 2000 block of Atlantic Avenue, were searched by the Virginia Beach Police Department on Sept. 7 between 10:06 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., search warrants show.
Inside the stores, police found items including T-shirts, sweatshirts, towels and hats screen-printed with trademarked logos from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, Marvel and DC Comics, Virginia Beach Police Department Master Police Officer Tonya Pierce wrote in an email.
Police also found screen printers and drug paraphernalia.
Two of the stores, both named Atlantic Beach Wear, are owned by Eyal Kedem, 52, of Virginia Beach. As a result of the searches, he was charged with two counts of selling drug paraphernalia on Sept. 8, and is scheduled to appear in Virginia Beach General District Court on Oct. 26.
Kedem also owns 21st Street Grill, located on the corner of 21st Street and Atlantic Avenue. The business has an Internal Revenue Service agent assigned to it, said Kedem’s accountant Susan Genzler.
Genzler has been contacted by the IRS about the restaurant but she does not know the nature of any underlying inquiry.
The IRS did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday evening.
Genzler said Kedem hasn’t asked her or her agency to prepare income tax returns for any of his businesses since 2013, although his mail still arrives in droves at her office. A woman comes to pick it up about once a month, and Genzler has only met Kedem twice in the last year.
Kedem did not respond to Southside Daily’s efforts to contact him by phone and no one answered when a reporter went to his home.
The third store searched is named Beach Wear. Inside, police found 572 screen prints and 263 smoking devices. Beach Wear is not listed by name in the Virginia Secretary of State’s Business Entity Search. A store manager confirmed the property was searched but declined to be interviewed.
Mayfield can be reached at 352-431-9612.