Police arrest suspect they believe sold dozens of counterfeit Wild tickets


Just a few days ago, police were warning playoff-happy Minnesota Wild fans to be careful when buying tickets online – St. Paul police and the Xcel Energy Center both said they have noticed an increase in fake ticket scams.

Now, one man believed to have duped at least 40 victims is in custody.

Minneapolis Police said Wednesday they arrested a male suspect who they think took advantage of a few dozen Wild fans this past season, selling counterfeit tickets through Craigslist and other electronic venues.

He was arrested in the fifth precinct, which encompasses the southwest quadrant of the city.

The suspect is 28 years old, but has not yet been charged, the Pioneer Press reports. Though police note official charges are likely to come this week.

Minneapolis police outlined a plot that started with stolen credit card numbers being used to purchase and print multiple copies of a real ticket (only one of which would end up working), the Pioneer Press reports. He was arrested after police set up a sting operation Monday.

Similar phony tickets were first noticed and reported at Vikings games last fall by an investigating lieutenant, WCCO reports.

In November, University of Minnesota police investigated a season-high number of fraudulent ticket reports from the Vikings-Packers game that week.

Police are still looking for additional victims, anyone in south Minneapolis who purchased bad tickets, and ask them to call the fifth precinct at 612-673-5705.

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