Van crash yields fake designer purses By ROGER CROTEAU San Antonio Express-News August 29, 2006 It was a crime of fashion, and a lot more serious than wearing white after Labor Day. Seguin police were suspicious when the driver of a cargo van that crashed Monday on Interstate 10 started acting nervous when they asked about all those boxes with Chinese writing. Expecting to find drugs, since I-10 is a popular route for narcotics smugglers between San Antonio and Houston, fashion-conscious Seguin police instead found bogus designer purses, wallets, belts and other swanky accessories valued at $400,000. Detective Sgt. Maureen Watson said some might be taken in by the Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Fendi, Coach, Christian Dior, Burberry and other merchandise, but it didn't hold up to close scrutiny from Seguin's fashion police. "I love purses, and I hang out in that part of the department stores all the time," Watson said Tuesday. "If you examine the purses, the stitching, the materials, are not good quality. They smelled like vinyl, not leather, and when you buy an expensive purse, it's usually in a cloth bag. These were in paper bags." The 21 large boxes contained 782 purses, more than 200 wallets and other items. The driver, a 40-year-old woman from San Antonio who was traveling with her 15-year-old daughter, told police she was headed to Houston, when another vehicle cut off the van. She overcorrected and the van rolled. The driver and her daughter both sustained minor injuries. Watson did not identify the two occupants of the van. They were released pending further investigation.