Ticket thieves targeted fans before OU-Tech showdown

BY JAMES S. TYREE Modified: November 25, 2008 at 1:05 pm •  Published: November 25, 2008
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NORMAN — The Oklahoma-Texas Tech University football game was considered a hot ticket Saturday night — maybe too hot.

University of Oklahoma police responded to three larceny calls Saturday regarding OU tickets. No arrests were made, but the original ticket owners got to see the game.

Lt. Bruce Chan said a man told police he felt someone bump against him at Boyd Street and Parrington Oval before the game, and when he reached into his pocket, his two tickets were gone. The man confronted the person he thought bumped him, but the person denied taking his tickets.

Ticket owners in the other cases had no idea how or when their tickets were lost. One person discovered they were missing at Jenkins Avenue and Lindsey Street; the other was near the Adams Center dormitory.

OU officers learned the tickets were sold and scanned for stadium entry. Chan said the original ticket owners got their seats back. Those found in the seats had to leave.

Chan said it is rare to get three reports of tickets possibly lifted by pickpockets, though cases of lost or stolen OU game tickets are not uncommon.

"We always advise fans to buy their tickets from a known and trusted source,” Chan said.


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