Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer
The Farewell To Middle-earth Issue
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: Get 12 Issues For £25
Buy the perfect Christmas present this year
Farewell To Middle-earth
Full details of our Peter Jackson-edited issue
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Sony Cancels Release Of The Interview
Seth Rogen film on hold after hack attack and warnings
Chris Pratt Features In A New Jurassic World Image
Happy Holidays from him and his raptor
Jim Carrey May Go Into Deep Cover
He's considering a new comedy pitch
More Movie News

Indy IV Picture Thief Off To Jail
In your face, bad man!

02 November 2007  |  Written by Olly Richards  

submit to reddit

Roderick Davis, the man who stole over 2,000 stills from Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull has pleaded guilty to charges of receiving stolen property and commercial burglary. Davis, 37, will serve two years and four months in jail as part of his plea deal. Without the plea deal, Davis would have spent at least four years behind bars.

Davis was arrested on Oct. 4 with the help of internet film sites who informed police that they were being offered the chance to buy the illegally obtained photos. Police then posed as potential buyers and set up a meeting with Davis. When he arrived trying to flog the pictures, they only went and bleedin' nicked him.

Though Empire had no actual part in the apprehending of this criminal, we like to think that our very existence as part of the internet really helped. Some would say this man would still be at large if it wasn't for us. Some say we're heroes – maybe the greatest of heroes. But we don't need your thanks, just your respect, cash and maybe that nice watch you're wearing there.



Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
Guy Pearce On The Road?
Joining McCarthy adaptation

Your Comments

Shit. 2 years! Really, seriously, don't fuck with Spiel and Georgio. Fuck you crime. FUCK YOU IN THE ASSSSS.... More

Posted by callumcostello at 10:05 on 07 November 2007 | Report This Post

Jailed Picture Thief
Why was he jailed for two years and four months. It's a little harsh like. Personally I think that the majority of Indy fans would've stolen a glimpse of those pics if they had the chance. I mean two years for this. God the justice system. Shouldn't they be worrying about murderers, rapists, kidnappers etc then a person (possibly an avid fan) stealing "precious" pics of a film due out in a few months. Ridiculous!!! More

Posted by Filmfreak666 at 20:44 on 06 November 2007 | Report This Post

I think I helped in his arrest somewhat. After all, I'm Joe Public and it's me that wants to see all these images. No wonder he nicked them all, it's cos I demand them so much. More

Posted by UGonnaBarkAllDayDog? at 10:00 on 06 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Indy IV Picture Thief Off To Jail
L: lukeyboy Two and a half years for nicking a few photo's?...fuckin hell,..what's the world coming to, Manslaughter carries a more lenient sentence! I've heard of rapists going down for less time, and some of you are saying good job? Get some perspective for christ's sake! sp; In America Rapists get a lot longer than that and rightly so. The Motherfucker got all he deserved. We need to get perspective here and start sentencing properly in the UK. Politics over, Indy rules, YAY. More

Posted by kinge247 at 00:54 on 05 November 2007 | Report This Post

Olly!
Your articles are always a great read, and I mean that. So what if one person like coomi01 can't tell if you're joking? More

Posted by DrZeus at 23:09 on 04 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry Empire...
L: Olly Richards L: coomi01 But you didnt do anything. You reported this story and thats about it. God, get over yourselves. can't tell if you're joking or couldn't tell that I was joking. I do actually realise that we had absolutely no part in this man's apprehension (or did we? Who was that masked man?). Not everything on this site should be taken completely seriously. sp; I don`t think he was joking   And that makes me weep. More

Posted by Porrohman at 22:24 on 04 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry Empire...
L: coomi01 But you didnt do anything. You reported this story and thats about it. God, get over yourselves. can't tell if you're joking or couldn't tell that I was joking. I do actually realise that we had absolutely no part in this man's apprehension (or did we? Who was that masked man?). Not everything on this site should be taken completely seriously. More

Posted by Olly Richards at 22:15 on 04 November 2007 | Report This Post

Let's get objective
The man is going to spend 2 years in jail for selling snaps from the set of an Indiana Jones movie. A movie! Vague online stills do nothing but water the appetites of the potential audience, anyway. I've read about child molesters doing less time than this. Spielberg needs talking to, rather than kissing his ass. More

Posted by mcblow at 21:44 on 04 November 2007 | Report This Post

Sorry Empire...
But you didnt do anything. You reported this story and thats about it. God, get over yourselves. More

Posted by coomi01 at 21:24 on 04 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: also...
L: Wilbert L: Bowl of Wrong when this film turns out to be a piece of shit I hope they transfer his sentence to Spielberg and Lucas. ou're a glass-half-empty kind of guy, aren't you? ot really, I am just pissed off because I'd paid that guy to steal me some pics of the Sex and the City movie, and now I'll never get them More

Posted by Bowl of Wrong at 02:48 on 04 November 2007 | Report This Post

At the same time, if it weren't for these kinds of websites
the crime might not have been committed. It's Your fault, Olly! More

Posted by DrZeus at 01:46 on 04 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Indy IV Picture Thief Off To Jail
L: Evil_Bob Absolutely but you'd still do less time for shoplifting of something else or a similar nature. sp; I'd guess the sentence is based on the sales value of the stolen photos, which is obviously quite a lot - presumably this explains the reference to "commercial burglary". More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 22:21 on 03 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Indy IV Picture Thief Off To Jail
Indiana Jones and the Thief of Bad Gags  More

Posted by Mason Verger at 19:59 on 03 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Indy IV Picture Thief Off To Jail
the perspective is needed by the judges who think rapists should go down for less than 2 years? p; Absolutely but you'd still do less time for shoplifting of something else or a similar nature. More

Posted by Evil_Bob at 19:30 on 03 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Indy IV Picture Thief Off To Jail
L: lukeyboy Two and a half years for nicking a few photo's?...fuckin hell,..what's the world coming to, Manslaughter carries a more lenient sentence! I've heard of rapists going down for less time, and some of you are saying good job? Get some perspective for christ's sake! p; Surely the perspective is needed by the judges who think rapists should go down for less than 2 years? More

Posted by Flatulent_Bob at 13:48 on 03 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Indy IV Picture Thief Off To Jail
Two and a half years for nicking a few photo's?...fuckin hell,..what's the world coming to, Manslaughter carries a more lenient sentence! I've heard of rapists going down for less time, and some of you are saying good job? Get some perspective for christ's sake! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 13:04 on 03 November 2007 | Report This Post

tough but fair
Give it a rest. Some of us are desperately awaiting this movie. We know we should have better things to do with our time... but , we don't. And yes, theft is theft. So bollocks to the little bleeder who nicked the photos. He's trying to get rich off the back off someone who's doing their job and making entertainment for us. Would anyone out there like it if someone came along to our place of work, nicked something we had created and then tried to get loads of money for it??? No. Probably More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 11:22 on 03 November 2007 | Report This Post

RE: also...
L: Bowl of Wrong when this film turns out to be a piece of shit I hope they transfer his sentence to Spielberg and Lucas. ou're a glass-half-empty kind of guy, aren't you? More

Posted by Wilbert at 10:26 on 03 November 2007 | Report This Post

Agreed with Mojo. Theft is theft, and it was good the LA police managed to take him down so quickly. At least the crook pleaded guilty and not tried to draw this out emberassingly. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 09:42 on 03 November 2007 | Report This Post

also...
when this film turns out to be a piece of shit I hope they transfer his sentence to Spielberg and Lucas. More

Posted by Bowl of Wrong at 23:39 on 02 November 2007 | Report This Post

yeah.. crime of the century... two years in jail is sure going to be the best answer to this............. great More

Posted by Bowl of Wrong at 23:36 on 02 November 2007 | Report This Post

Olly Richards is one of the few funny people at Empire. More

Posted by wooz at 22:58 on 02 November 2007 | Report This Post

The Penitant Man... KNEELS!
Family film makers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas show their sympathetic, forgiving side. Still theft is theft. Hardly footage of the Grassy Knoll Gun Man though, eh? More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 21:18 on 02 November 2007 | Report This Post

I'm not wearing a watch. Glad that bastard went down though, cool of the internet sites to not buy the photos and help the police. More

Posted by Mojo at 18:04 on 02 November 2007 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 69% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Watch: Night At The Museum's Cast Share Their Favourite Robin Williams Performance
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley pay tribute to the actor

Watch: Jack O'Connell And Luke Treadaway Talk Unbroken
On POWs, panto and how to name your bomber

Review Of 2014: The 15 Best Cameos Of The Year
Our favourite one-scene movie-stealers

8 Things You Can Learn From The BFI's Star Wars Exhibition
The original crawl, a 'grotesque' villain and a very different princess

Review Of The Year: 40 Worst Posters Of 2014
One-sheets that you'd rather not have on your wall

Hobbit Q&As: Ian McKellen On Finally Saying Goodbye And Farewell To Gandalf The Grey
Read our exclusive Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies interviews

Review Of 2014: The Best TV Moments Of The Year
We celebrate the small screen's biggest scenes

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)