Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Central Division Burglary Detectives are warning the public of an ongoing Craigslist suspect selling invalid Disneyland tickets.
The suspect uses Craigslist to sell Disneyland tickets for almost half the price. The victims contact him and they meet in the downtown Los Angeles area. The suspect offers to have the victim take pictures of his drivers’ license, which convinces the victim that the tickets are valid and therefore feel confident in purchasing the tickets.
On 3/11/15, the victim met the suspect at 7th St & Figueroa to purchase Disneyland tickets he had posted for sale on Craigslist. The victim paid him $1,600 in cash for 10 tickets at $60 each as well as 20 additional tickets at $50 each. The victim also took a photo of his driver’s license at the time of the transaction. The victim then took her family to Disneyland and discovered the tickets were not valid and had no value. The victim has been unable to make contact with the suspect.
On 3/23/15, the victim answered the suspect’s Craigslist ad listing Disneyland tickets for sale. The victim met him at Figueroa & Chick Hearn, in front of the Staples Center. The victim purchased 6 tickets for $500, which they paid in cash. The suspect offered to have the victim take a photo of his driver’s license, which they did. When the victim took the family to Disneyland, they discovered the tickets they had purchased were not valid.
On 3/17/15, the victim saw the suspect’s Craigslist ad listing Disneyland tickets for sale. The victim contacted the suspect and they agreed to meet at the Starbucks, near the Staples Center. On 5/9/15, the victim tried to use the Disneyland tickets and was advised by security that the tickets were not valid, they had not been activated. The victim then contacted the suspect who agreed to meet him in front of the police station and refund his money, but the man never showed up. In Nov 2013, there were three victims who reported purchasing Disneyland tickets from the same suspect and in all cases, the suspect sold invalid Disneyland tickets to the unsuspecting buyers.
If anyone has any additional information regarding this crime, contact Central Burglary Detective Angel-Rummer at (213) 996-1859 or Detective Hernandez (213) 996-1860. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.