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CD Warehouse owner accused of selling bootleg goods

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The owner of a pair of local CD Warehouse stores was arrested Tuesday, investigators believing he had been hawking counterfeit merchandise at the stores.

David Reed Kirk, 48, has been charged with four counts of reproduction of recorded material. Jail records show he was released from Gwinnett County Jail late Tuesday on $44,800 bond.

According to warrants obtained by the Daily Post, Kirk is accused of "selling counterfeit reproductions of music concerts and music CDs" at CD Warehouse locations on Buford Drive in Buford and on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. Documents said that an investigation -- which included representatives from the Recording Industry Association of America -- found Kirk had been selling bootleg items at the stores for at least the last month.

No one answered the phone at either store location Wednesday. A man who answered the phone number listed on Kirk's arrest warrant said it was a wrong number.

It was unclear Wednesday whether Kirk allegedly produced the materials himself or obtained them elsewhere, though incident reports with a matching case number detail an arrest Gwinnett County police made on Jan. 18.

In that case, undercover officers purchased CDs believed to be counterfeit from a website called blalocksmusicgarage.com. According to reports, a Snellville man named Duane Blalock operated the site, which warned customers up-front that "these compact discs and DVDs are unauthorized releases and therefore not perfect sound or video."

According to its corporate website, CD Warehouse is a "global retail outlet for new and pre-owned CDs and DVDs." It has approximately 75 franchises nationwide.