Woman Jailed for 3 Minutes of ‘New Moon’ Footage

22-year-old Chicago woman was taking video at her sister's surprise birthday party at movie theater

A 22-year-old woman was arrested, jailed for two nights and faces up to three years in prison after managers at a movie theater in the Chicago suburb of Rosemount spotted her taking video of "Twilight: New Moon" and called police.

Samantha Tumpach of Chicago only had three minutes’ worth of film snippets on her digital camera, interspersed with personal footage from her sister's surprise birthday party at the Muvico Theater in Rosemount.

“It was a big thing over nothing,” Tumpach said of her Saturday afternoon arrest. “We were just messing around. Everyone is so surprised it got this far.”

 

She was charged with one count of criminal use of a motion picture exhibition, a rarely evoked felony designed to prevent bootlegs of hot new movies.
Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times.