CLEARFIELD -- A 34-year-old man thought his quick-rich scheme was a good one.
But police said all of his "elaborate" planning turned into a "miserable" failure.
Jeremy Seldon Stone took a DVD into a pawn shop, slipped it into a CD case inside the store, then told the pawn shop owner to pay him $150,000, said Clearfield Assistant Police Chief Mike Stenquist. The reason?
The DVD had been burned with a movie, Stenquist said, making it illegal.
Stone told the pawn shop owner if he paid him the $150,000 in gold or in-store credit in exchange for his silence he would not call police and turn him in for having a "pirated DVD," Stenquist said.
It is a federal crime to offer to sell a burned or pirated DVD and the fine is $250,000.
But the pawn shop owner wasn't paying up. Instead he called police.
Stone was sitting outside on the curb when the officer showed up. Stone had the DVD in the CD case he took from the store without paying for the case.
Stone told the officer the burned DVD belonged to the pawn shop and wanted the policeman to arrest the pawn shop owner, Stenquist said.
A surveillance video and a construction worker inside the store doing repairs verified the pawn shop owner's account that Stone put the burned DVD inside an empty CD case.
The Davis County Attorney's Office filed charges in 2nd District Court on Tuesday. Stone is charged with attempted theft by extortion, a third-degree felony; and retail theft, a Class B misdemeanor. No court date has been set.