Monday, June 11, 2012
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COVINGTON -- A Loganville man is under investigation by the Covington Police Department after it was determined he was selling what appeared to be pirated DVDs at the flea market located in the parking lot of Antique's & Stuff on Elm Street.
According to a CPD incident report, police were notified Saturday morning of the suspicious DVDs that were for sale under a green tent at the side of the building.
"The tent had two tables on either side, filled with DVDs ... I explained to (the suspect) that we had gotten a complaint about him selling pirated DVDs. I noted many DVDs that (he) had for sale appeared to have badly printed covers on the discs and boxes. These DVDs were not like any legitimate DVDs or DVD cases I have seen either as an officer or a customer," the report states.
The officer said he asked the man if he made the DVDs and he initially stated, "yes," but later modified that answer by saying, "Well, I did not make the DVDs. I printed the labels and put them on the discs."
When asked where he got the DVDs, the man stated he got them from "a black guy in Manhattan, New York," but he said he didn't know the man's name because he wouldn't tell him.
When asked if he knew making pirated DVDs was illegal, the man responded, "Yes, I know, but I was taking my chances."
The officer estimated there were somewhere between 800 to 1,000 pirated DVDs for sale. He found there were "several legitimate DVDs present," and those were given back to the owner. The others were taken into evidence and the investigation into the matter is ongoing. Charges are pending.
Owners of Antiques & Stuff asked the Loganville man to leave their property and not come back.