Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced the arrest of a 64-year old Newark man for possession of pirated DVD’s worth more than $25,000.
According to authorities yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m., a team of rookie officers were patrolling their Clinton Avenue foot-post near 11th Street, when they saw Angerlon Kennedy allegedly milling around the strip mall’s parking lot apparently trying to sell DVD's to shoppers and those passing by.
Authorities said upon closer investigation, it was determined that he was attempting to sell DVD's of both first run and new released titles that are currently or were recently in movie theaters.
Officers observing this, Kennedy was immediately arrested without incident by new officers, A. Vinueza and B. Wadley.
Kennedy was charged with the possession of pirated videos. More than 3,000 DVD’s were confiscated, almost 1,000 CD’s and nearly 300 dollars in cash authorities said.
The DVD’s included such titles such as, Veil, Wannabe, Solace, The Keeping Room, No Way Out and others.
Vinueza and Wadley are members of the department’s new (CDT), Community Deployment Teams Director Ambrose said.
The teams are made up of the 36 officers who graduated from the police academy in March and are assigned to foot posts throughout the city.
These 36 officers will be joined by an additional 40 new officers who graduated the academy last week.
Ambrose is urging people to continue reporting crimes and quality of life complaints by utilizing the Department's 24-hour Crime Stoppers’ tip line at 877 NWK-TIPS (877 695-8477) or NWK-GUNS (877 695-4867). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.