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Surveillance teams poured hours into following suspects named “Little Mike” or “Big Mike,” also known as “DJ Big Mike,” trailing them for miles. Local police executed search warrants on three homes in Danbury, Bethel and Newtown, in addition to conducting numerous interviews with suspected accomplices.
This was some of what went into a lengthy investigation that began two years ago and culminated last week with the arrest of two brothers, Michael Willcox, 33, of Danbury and Stephen Sabato, 21, of Sandy Hook, on music piracy charges.
More arrests are expected, according to officials and an affidavit, which was filed in state Superior Court in Danbury and made available Monday.
The two brothers and their representatives could not be reached for comment Monday.

The arrest affidavit details a lengthy surveillance of Michael Willcox, also known as “Big Mike” or “DJ Big Mike” and his half brother Stephen Sabato, and their respective homes on Stetson Place in Danbury and Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook.
The investigation began with the Recording Industry Association of America, a trade group that sent its own team of investigators to conduct a surveillance of a suspected “burner lab” at 27 Stetson Place in Danbury where pirated CDs were alleged being made and distributed, according to the affidavit.
The trade group is comprised of record companies that create, manufacture and distribute about 85-percent of all legitimate sound recordings made and sold in the United States, according to the affidavit. Three investigators from RIAA began the surveillance in Feburary of 2009.

The investigators allegedly followed a 1995 Ford Explorer registered to Willcox from his Danbury home to a residence at 12 George St., Mount Vernon, NY, which was suspected of supplying the materials and equipment used to manufacture recordable CDs and DVDs, according to the affidavit.
The surveillance team said Willcox appeared to have no other employment, though he was recorded as the property owner of the Stetson Place home, according to the affidavit.
Through further surveillance, an RIAA investigator allegedly followed Willcox to a Queens, NY check cashing establishment and later bought two CDss from a stack he allegedly had seen Willcox bringing in labeled “Big Mike DJ Mixes,” according to the affidavit.
Later, another RIAA investigator conducting a surveillance on the Danbury home saw a suspect identified only as “Little Mike” carrying a handful of CDs into a Gulf gas station at 113 North St. in Danbury and when she went in she was able to purchase one of those CDs for $5, according to the affidavit.
The CD bought in Queens and the one bought in Danbury apparently held the same content and later examination showed they were pirated recordings, according to the affidavit.





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