Hip-hop producers charged with stealing books in Westport
Updated 4:09 pm, Thursday, July 19, 2012
Two New York men producing and writing a hip-hop musical of the life of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. were charged Wednesday with trying to steal more than $800 worth of books from the Barnes & Noble Book Store on Post Road East.
"Ready 2 Die" playwright Alfred "Paper Love" Green, 40, and "Ready 2 Die" producer Raheim Pope, 37, both of Brooklyn, face larceny charges after police said they were spotted taking hundreds of dollars worth of books from the store at 1076 Post Road East and fleeing without paying.
Officers dispatched to investigate the report found the suspects, and determined that books valued at $868 found in a nearby Jaguar with Georgia license plates had been taken from the store by the men, police said.
Pope faces charges of fifth-degree larceny, fifth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and interfering with an officer. His was released after posting a $5,000 appearance bond.
Green was charged with fifth-degree criminal attempt at larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and was arraigned Thursday at state Superior Court in Norwalk. He pleaded not guilty to the charges
After they were spotted near the bookstore, the two denied having arrived at the bookstore in the Jaguar, where dozens of books were in plain site, police said. The books included nine sets of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, three copies of "Soula Coaster, The Diary of Me," by rapper R. Kelly and a single copy of "Murder Mamas."
Once at police headquarters, however, Green told police that he would tell them where the key to the Jaguar was if they gave him a $500 bail bond, according to police reports in his court file.
The officers agreed and Green told them that he had been arrested with Pope before and he remembered that Pope would hide the key in his rectum, the report said.
Police produced a metal detector, which indicated a positive reading when placed next to Pope's posterior, the report said. Pope then pulled the tissue wrapped key out and police used it to start the Jaguar, the report said.
The musical "Ready 2 Die" is based on Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace's first album of the same name, according to casting notices and other notes of the musical on the web.
"This musical will serve as a vehicle travelling thru the mind of a natural rapper that painted sonic pictures so vibrant that your transported right to the scene using music that was known for its dark tone and sinister sense of depression," one blurb described the musical.
Rehearsals were supposed to begin in February and performances were scheduled for March, but there was no mention of the show's opening.