Evanston Police say they’ve arrested the owner of a Howard Street shop called The Right Place on felony charges of selling bootleg music and movies.

Deputy Police Chief Joe Bellino says that after receiving a tip from a citizen, officers, working with agents from music and movie industry associations, made undercover buys of a bootleg music CD and a DVD movie at the shop at 721 1/2 Howard St.

Tuesday afternoon police executed a search warrant at the shop and say they confiscated 676 bootleg music CDs and 303 bootleg DVD movies along with disc duplicating equipment, packaging and labeling material and a quantity of suspected marijuana.

The store’s owner, Mark Anthony Akins, 42, of 7301 Sheridan Road in Chicago, was arrested at the store and is scheduled to appear for a hearing in district court in Skokie Nov. 21 on the drug possession and bootleg charges.

A similar raid by Evanston police on another Howard Street shop led to the arrest of Warren Pitts, the owner of that store, on bootleg charges back in September.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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