Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Police arrested another alleged CD/DVD pirate last week during a traffic stop on Western Avenue. He was discovered sailing through Park Forest in a red Chevrolet Astro van.
While on patrol on Saturday, August 30, at 3:20 a.m., Officer DeVries observed the van traveling northbound on Western Avenue approaching Indianwood Boulevard. The van was traveling 49 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to police. DeVries pulled in behind the van and activated his emergency lights as the van turned into the entrance of Court G-2.
The driver, later identified as Jerome Harvey, 37, 93 Fir St., Park Forest, was unable to produce a driver’s license. He gave the officer an Illinois identification card, according to police. Officer DeVries discovered that Harvey’s license was currently suspended and placed him under arrest.
During an inventory search of the vehicle as it was being impounded, Officer DeVries located a black computer bag with several spindles of CDs and DVDs with hand-written movie or music titles on them.
According to police, during an interview at the Park Forest Police Station, Harvey initially claimed that the CDs and DVDs belonged to a friend. Police called the friend, who said he knew nothing about the CDs or DVDs found in the vehicle.
Officer DeVries spoke to Harvey again who allegedly told police that he owns a computer repair business, and purchases illegally copied DVDs and CDs from a friend and gives them to his customers as a sort of perk for hiring him to repair their computers.
Officer DeVries contacted an investigator from the Recording Industry Association of America. Investigator Al Thompson from the RIAA responded to the Park Forest Police Department and recovered a total of 214 CDs and 239 DVDs.
DeVries contacted Cook County Felony Review States Attorney Delahanty who approved two charges of unlawful use of unidentified sound or audiovisual recordings.
Harvey was also charged with speeding, driving on a suspended driver’s license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and open alcohol – driver.