By FLO JONIC
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.
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