State police seized thousands of suspected bootleg recordings during raids yesterday at a Reisterstown warehouse and four stores owned by the Record & Tape Traders chain -- two of them in Anne Arundel County.
Recordings by top-selling artists such as the Grateful Dead, REM and Nirvana were seized during the raids, the result of an investigation by the state police and the Recording Industry Association of America, said Cpl. Laura Lu Herman.
About 2,000 illegal compact discs were seized from the warehouse in the 10400 block of Reisterstown Road, Corporal Herman said.
Investigators also seized computer records during simultaneous raids at stores in Reisterstown, Catonsville, Glen Burnie and Severna Park, she said.
The owners could be charged with selling bootleg recordings, which are unauthorized copies of recordings taken from concerts or from recording studio soundboards.
The crime carries a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $2,500 fine for a first offense and three years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each subsequent offense, police said.
Police did not provide the names of the chain owners.