PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island state police have shut down what they are characterizing as the largest pirated DVD operation in New England in at least 15 years. A Providence video store owner and two of his employees face criminal charges.
From the outside, Broad Street Video looked like a legitimate business. But State Police Lieutenant Michael Winquist says it was immediately apparent when you went inside that they were trading in pirated - or illegally copied - DVD movies.
"You'd walk up to the counter," explains Winquist, "tell them what type of movie you want and you'd be handed a plain looking DVD with a hand written title on the outside."
Police seized 37,000 DVD's and $40,000 in cash. At the home of store owner Kevin Duffney they found computer towers capable of producing 44 DVD's at once.
Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org.