The Oliver Springs Police Department seized $35,000 worth of movies and cited a Loudon couple on misdemeanor charges after allegedly finding 1,740 pirated DVDs at a flea market on West Tri County Boulevard last week.
Gordon Gerald Mashburn, 64, and Wilma June Mashburn, 57, both of Loudon, had a table set up behind a pickup truck at the flea market, where they were selling the movies on Tuesday morning, July 9, OSPD Sgt. David M. Laxton said in an incident report.
The Mashburns said they had been buying the movies about once a month at a flea market in Blount County for $1 each and then reselling them for $3 apiece, Laxton said. The DVDs allegedly included films that were new in theaters as well as new release movies.
“Gordon Mashburn stated that some of the movies, when you play them, you can tell that it is someone holding a video camera inside a movie theater recording the movie,” Laxton said.
The Mashburns are scheduled to appear in a Roane County court on Aug. 2.