Bradenton police find more than 8,000 pirated DVDs, CDs; 2 arrested

kirby@bradenton.comJune 21, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Searches at two locations on Thursday revealed more than 8,000 pirated DVDs and music CDs, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Police obtained three search warrants for Mr. Biggz, a store at 1800 14th St. W., and an apartment in the 4100 block of Lake Bayshore Drive, according to a report. Police searched two storefronts used by Mr. Biggz.

Police recovered 6,145 pirated DVDs, 2,246 pirated music CDs, 23 DVD/CD burners and five computer towers, according to the report.

Kristal Megan La-Toya Flatts and Paynewjuan Davis were taken into custody at 4:03 p.m. at the apartment without incident, according to police.

Bradenton Police Lt. James Racky said police had received reports starting in February that the business was selling poor quality copies of DVDs and music CDs, in addition to selling fake designer clothing.

Racky said an undercover officer bought a total of seven copied DVDs and CDs from Flatts and Davis for a total of $20.

They each face a charge of producing an unauthorized copying of a recording.

Flatts, 36, and Davis, 37, were released from the Manatee County jail after posting bonds of $250 each.

There were at least two and possibly three children at the residence when Davis and Flatts were arrested, who are now staying with other family members. A friend of the suspects, Shane Weatherby, said they have two daughters and one son.

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