ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany business owner is facing felony theft and fencing charges following an undercover investigation.
Sheriff's Investigators say 48-year-old James VanZant bought thousands of dollars worth of stolen DVD's and CD's and then re-sold them over the Internet
VanZant owns The Exchange on Dawson Road. Detectives say he purchased DVD movies and CD's stolen from local stores like Target and Wal-Mart. They say he then sold the stolen merchandise on Amazon.com.
"We sent our under covers in with over $500 worth of DVD's to trade out. They still had all the stickers and wrappers. Mr. VanZant purchased these for $150, which is one-third of their actual value and asked them basically to bring more," said Capt. Craig Dodd of the Dougherty Co. Sheriff's Office.
VanZant was released from the Dougherty County Jail on an 18-thousand dollar bond. He still has his business license, but the store was closed today. Sheriff's officials say the investigation is ongoing and it's possible Amazon.com could also file charges.