Police believe they have broken up a racket in which local tour guides took tourists to buy fake brand-name products made on the mainland in a shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui East. Officers arrested a 17-year-old youth and seized 1,000 counterfeit products in a third-floor shop used as a showroom in the Peninsula Centre arcade in Mody Square at 11am yesterday. They seized another 500 fake products in a nearby commercial unit believed to have been a storeroom for the showroom. The haul was worth about HK$3 million. Police said the showroom was run by the Sun Yee On triad and had been operating for at least six weeks. Asian and Western tourists were introduced to the showroom by middlemen, a police officer said. 'Intelligence showed that a minority of unscrupulous tour guides might be involved,' the officer said. The customers were generally well-off and were likely staying at nearby five-star hotels, the officer said. The Peninsula Centre is in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui East. Police said no tour guides were arrested and investigations were continuing. To avoid detection, the showroom did not take walk-in customers and had a surveillance camera outside, police said. On display in the 100-sq-ft showroom, which was decorated with Christmas lighting, were about 1,000 fake watches, handbags, wallets, jackets and scarves bearing such brands as Rolex, Omega, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Coach. Police said the shop advertised itself as selling 'Super A Grade' products and the prices of most of the goods were set well above HK$1,000. 'We believe tourists were aware they were buying fake goods,' the police officer said. A fake Rolex watch was priced at HK$2,600, but officers believed discounts were offered to showroom customers because such fakes could be bought for about HK$300 at a hawker stall, a customs officer said. The Customs and Excise Department said yesterday's raid was the first bust of such a fake-goods showroom this year. Most of the shops on the third floor of the shopping mall have been turned into offices. In the past, showrooms for fake goods were usually found in industrial units or residential flats, customs' head of intellectual property investigations (operations), Thomas Lin Shun-yin, said. 'We will step up enforcement action to combat the sale of counterfeit goods during the festive season,' he said. Customs seized HK$87 million worth of counterfeit products in the first 11 months of the year, compared to HK$120 million worth last year. Chief Inspector Glenn O'Neill, head of the Kowloon West anti-triad unit, said the counterfeit activity would hurt the city's reputation as a first-class tourist destination. He appealed to the public not to buy fake goods. 'The money they pay for counterfeit goods will be recycled into organised crime,' he said. Yesterday's raid was part of a continuing operation against the income streams of triads. In the afternoon, police arrested two suspected triads and seized 10,500 pornographic discs in two shops controlled by the Wo Shing Wo and 14K in Mong Kok.