PALMDALE –A probation check in Palmdale on Tuesday (Jan. 8) led deputies to a stolen handgun and thousands of bootleg DVDs, authorities said.
“So far we are in excess of 15,000 pirated DVDs that they have recovered at a loss of over $160,000,” said Sgt. Kyle Bistline of Palmdale Station’s Partners Against Crime (PAC) Team.
The items were found at a home at 37858 10th Street East in Palmdale, when the PAC Team went to check on 32-year-old probationer Nichol Scott.
Numerous boxes of bootleg DVDs were stacked right in the living room, along with a DVD duplicating machine, Bistline said. The collection included a range of movies, from Hollywood classics to recently released movies like Django Unchained.
“There’s one in there that hasn’t even come out yet – the Hansel and Gretel [Witch Hunters],” Bistline said. “They’re going to investigate how they got that because of the fact that it’s a movie that hasn’t even been released yet.”
Investigators from the Motion Picture Association of America [MPAA] were called to the scene to seize the pirated DVDs for their own investigation, Bistline said.
During the probation check, deputies also found a handgun that was stolen in 1998, along with several rounds of live ammunition, and a stolen Rug Doctor carpet cleaner.
Probationer Nichole Scott was arrested for being a felon with access to a firearm and live ammunition.
The two other people living at the home were also arrested.
William Vanhorn, 43, was arrested for movie piracy, and Shawn Caw, 53, was arrested for movie piracy, grand theft (for the Rug Doctor), and possession of a stolen firearm.
The city’s building and safety department was called in to check on various violations at the home, Bistline said.
“There is no water here right now and the garage is not put in the way it’s supposed to be,” Bistline said. “I called building and safety to get the city involved so we don’t have an issue of the house possibly burning down or some other issue.”
In addition to the thousands of illegal DVDs, authorities also seized several boxes of old vinyl LP records, eight track tapes, and cassettes from the home, Bistline said.