The owner of two Gwinnett County CD Warehouse stores was arrested Tuesday after investigators found hundreds of counterfeit CDs and DVDs for sale, according to police.
David Reed Kirk, 48, of Dacula, was charged with four counts of unlawful reproduction of recorded material and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail, booking records show. He was released from jail late Tuesday night after posting $44,800 bond.
Kirk's arrest came following raids by Gwinnett police at two CD Warehouses, one on Pleasant Hill Road and the other on Buford Drive, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Police received a tip about the stores possibly selling bootleg concert discs, but found hundreds more during the investigation -- "in the ballpark of several thousand CDs and DVDs," Detective James Flanagan told Channel 2.
The phony discs appeared to be authentic, and customers may not have known what they were buying, police said.
“If you went in and bought one of these discs, you may not realize you’re buying a counterfeit product because the quality is that good," Flanagan said.
Following Kirk's arrest, police remained at the stores as investigators loaded boxes of discs into the back of a box truck, Channel 2 reported.
Several customers said they were disappointed to learn that the stores allegedly sold counterfeit items.
"If we’re buying fake stuff, than the money’s not going where it should be going – to the people who work for it," Elana Brown told Channel 2.
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