SUWANEE - Police caught two men with a van full of bootleg music and DVDs while investigating an unrelated crime Thursday, authorities said.
Police have charged Terrance Dawit Reese, of Sugar Hill, and Chezron Landrell Scott, of Lawrenceville, with felony reproduction of recorded materials after the duo was discovered in a van behind a Suwanee motel, police said.
Suwanee police were investigating an earlier attempted robbery near Gwinco Boulevard and Old Peachtree Road when they came across Reese and Scott smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol in a van behind the Sun Suites Motel, Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said.
A search of the vehicle produced a small amount of marijuana and a cache of pirated materials - 77 DVDs and 59 CDs, Byers said.
"All of the recordings appeared to be unauthorized copies," Byers said.
Both suspects face additional charges of drug possession and violation of the open container law. Reese was charged with lying to police about his name and age as well as probation and traffic violations, jail records show.
Both suspects remained at the Gwinnett County Jail on Friday. Scott's bond is $12,531, while Reese has no bond set.
The arrest marks Scott's first in Gwinnett. Reese's rap sheet of 17 arrests - mostly for drug possession and traffic violations - dates back to 1999, jail records show.
An investigator with the Recording Industry Association of America confirmed the materials were pirated during a visit to police headquarters Friday, Byers said.
Neither Reese nor Scott are suspects in the attempted robbery.