By Patrick Yost
After a short investigation and some “controlled buys,” a Lithonia man was arrested and charged with possessing and producing “boot leg” movies and music. Kevin Lanier Moore, 45, was arrested November 1 and charged with criminal reproduction and sale of recorded material and possession of tools for a crime by Det. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department. Thompson said the department had received complaints regarding Moore and used confidential informants to purchase the suspected boot leg material. Moore was operating a store called “The Swag Shop” in a small portion of the EZ Bottle Shop, West Washington Street. Officers confiscated more than 4,000 DVDs and CDs during the arrest. The also confiscated an LG Multi Disc Recorder that Thompson alleges Moore was using to reproduce DVD recordings.
Thompson said officers executed a search warrant on “The Swag Shop” and discovered that Moore had no business license with the city of Madison. They also found several designer purses, athletic shoes and incense. Reports state that Moore told authorities that since the liquor store had a business license he did not believe one was needed for his establishment.
Thompson alleged Moore was selling recently released DVD recordings for $5 or three for $10. All the items and cash were seized, Thompson said. Moore was released on the day of the raid but was expected to turn himself into authorities on Tuesday, November 12.