BY LEE BROWN
Crime Beat News
REDLANDS – A Father’s Day baseball ticket scam was uncovered by Redlands police, leading to the arrest of a local suspect on Monday.
Jesse Julian Delgado, 23, was arrested on charges of forgery, burglary and theft. Police said that at least five people reported buying fraudulent tickets for a major league baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels for June 21.
“Those five people reported they had purchased four to five tickets each,” said a Redlands police spokesman. “The prices ranged from $80 to $140.”
Police believe the suspect probably sold fraudulent tickets to more than 20 other victims.
In virtually every case, the ticket buyers appeared at the game at Angels’ Stadium in Anaheim only to be informed that the tickets were fraudulent.
“They found (Delgado) through an advertisement on an online service,” said police, referring to craigslist.com.
Reports were that Delgado arranged to meet the ticket buyers at various locations in Redlands, where he sold the fraudulent tickets.
Delgado, who lives in the 1400 block of Hunter Drive in Redlands, was hit with a search warrant. Investigators recovered several tickets matching those sold to the victims. Police also seized computers, cell phones, currency and drugs.
According to Carl Baker, the public information officer for Redlands police, anyone that might have been a victim or have additional information should contact Officer Dominick Povero (909-798-7681).