Police nab alleged DVD bootlegger

DULUTH - Police have arrested a man they say has been selling bootlegged DVDs.

Duluth Police Capt. Mark Hunter said citizens' complaints led to the investigation and subsequent arrest of Shane Malik Augustine on Nov. 14. Augustine is charged with reproduction of recorded material, a felony.

"We have been doing some undercover operations on a variety of different things ... and learned through an informant that he had a contact who was producing DVDs," Hunter said. "We were able to get one of our undercover officers in contact with this guy and make a couple of buys."

Hunter said police were aided in the investigation by the FBI, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America. When the search warrant was executed at Augustine's Norcross apartment, Hunter said, Augustine was online, downloading recordings.

"Evidently, there are some underground sites where you can get access to new release movies and media content not available for public release," Hunter said.

Police seized more than 1,300 DVDs with an estimated street value of $25,000, and various computer equipment.

Hunter said the movie list "ran the full gamut."

"The guy said, 'Tell me what you want and I'll get it; you name the title and I'll get it,'" Hunter said.

As it turns out, police said, Augustine is on parole in New York and has been making the trip there once a month to meet with his parole agent. New York authorities didn't know Augustine is living in Georgia.

Augustine is free on a $2,400 surety bond, jail records show. Hunter said he couldn't speak for the district attorney, but that there may be additional charges forthcoming.

"Technically, each DVD could be a separate count," he said. "I don't think this is going to be the end of it."