Averting what could have been millions of dollars lost to piracy, prints of "The Flintstones," "Maverick" and "Beverly Hills Cop III," stolen from the National Film Service in Boston, were recovered late last week by FBI agents and representatives of the Motion Picture Association of America's U.S. Anti-Piracy Office.
The films were stolen from NFS's facility in the Dorchester section of Boston on May 22 or early the following morning.
The theft was reported on May 23 but not publicly announced in order to facilitate the investigation by Boston police, the FBI and USAPO representatives.
A tip ultimately led FBI agents late last week to a vacant building in Boston, not far from the scene of the break-in. When the agents searched the building, they also found prints of "Jurassic Park" and "Carlito's Way."
The investigation determined that thieves broke into the National Film Service facility through an overhead door on the loading dock.
The three new releases, which had been in shipping containers, were taken from a staging area.