Will County Sheriff’s deputies were working at the Will County Fairgrounds in Peotone on Thursday, August 22, when several citizens raised concerns about the authenticity of a Yeti tumbler being sold at the Yeti booth at the Will County Fair. Yeti, a company based out of Austin, Texas, is a high-end business which manufactures outdoor lifestyle products including tumblers, mugs, lids, coolers, and several other products and accessories.
Some of the deputies – familiar with the Yeti product and brand name – investigated the booth and became suspicious. They contacted a representative from Yeti, who said they would send an investigator to the Fair on Friday.
On Friday, August 23, deputies met with a Yeti investigator and a Senior Special Agent from Homeland Security on the Fairgrounds. The investigator purchased two tumblers for $45.00, and determined the tumblers to be fraudulent. During a discussion with the booth purveyor, the deputies were shown a fraudulent sign and “certificate of authenticity,” stating he was an authorized dealer.
Arrested was 72-year old Robin Dana Perry, a resident of The Villages in Florida. He is charged with Counterfeit/Imitating a Trademark, which is a Class II felony. Perry’s bond was set at $25,000. Perry posted bond on Saturday, and was released. More than 16-hundred fake Yeti tumblers were seized, in addition to cashier’s checks, and a 2014 Ford van.
Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies are continuing their investigation.