The man who has allegedly been selling fraudulent tickets in a Disneyland ticket scam has turned himself in to authorities.
Police reported that a man who called himself “Chris Ruiz” met a woman in a Food 4 Less parking lot in Wilmington to sell four Disneyland park-hopper tickets at $60 each. These tickets normally sell for upwards of $125 a piece. The woman had purchased these tickets from a stranger on Craigslist.
The man, whose real name is Edward Anthony Contes, turned himself in to authorities at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division station in San Pedro, California. He was being held on charges of petty theft, but faces felony charges because he had at least three or more prior convictions and served jail time.
“He came into the station to ‘clear his name,’” said LAPD Officer Thomas Baran. “But we arrested him. He’s been doing this for awhile. His friends and relatives called him after they saw his picture on the news.”
In order to reassure the woman that the tickets she was purchasing were real, the man offered to take a picture with her in case she had any trouble at the park’s gates.
“The woman expressed concern that they were not real, so the suspect gained her trust and said, ‘Let’s take a picture so that way you have it,’” said Detective Don Eldridge of the LAPD’s Harbor Division.
Thankfully, the woman filed a police report and turned in the picture where police used it to ask the public to help identify the suspect. Unfortunately, this type of scam occurs far too often.
“To ensure that our guests are not taken advantage of, we strongly recommend that they only purchase tickets only from the Disneyland Resort or an authorized retailer,” Disney spokesperson Suzi Brown said.
Photo Credit- NBC LA
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