JUNE 13, 2002
THE (POLICE) FORCE IS WITH THEM
Stolen print of Star Wars flick recovered in sting (Jonathan Jenkins, Toronto Sun)
A special version of Star Wars II: A Sale of the Clones opening soon in a Detroit courtroom will star two Toronto men accused of giving in to the Dark Side of the Force.
The two -- now former employees of a York Region theatre -- have been charged with stealing a copy of the summer Star Wars blockbuster and spiriting it to the United States for sale over the internet.
York Region Police spokesman Sgt. Tony Browne said the theft happended May 15 when two metal canisters holding a 35-mm copy of Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones disappeared from the Colossus theatre in Vaughan. The copy is worth $2,520 to replace, but Star Wars fans, ever keen to collect anything remotely connected to the series, have driven the asking price for a copy of the film up to $25,000 on the black market, Browne said.
York cops, working with Detroit police and officials with the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association and the Motion Picture Association of America, were able to arrest two suspects in Detroit in a sting.
Inderpreet Grewal, 20, and Amer Khawaja, 21, both of Toronto, are charged with receiving stolen property and concealing stolen property.