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Craigslist Thief Swindles $400 From Radiohead Fan Using Fake Tickets: NYPD

By Shaye Weaver | July 29, 2016 2:53pm | Updated on August 1, 2016 8:40am
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UPPER EAST SIDE — Someone call the Karma Police.

A Craigslist thief scammed a Radiohead fan out of $400 by giving him two fake tickets to the band's concert on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, police said.

The 33-year-old Upper East Side resident met with the suspect on the corner of East 80th Street and Third Avenue at about 4:55 p.m. on July 26 and purchased what he thought were two tickets to the show, according to authorities.

But when the victim went to the concert on Wednesday, he was told the tickets were counterfeit and was not allowed in, police said.

The suspect, who police described as approximately 30 years old, has not yet been arrested.

Other notable crimes in this week’s blotter from the 19th Precinct include:

► An orange KTM motorcycle valued at $16,000 was stolen sometime between July 15 and July 23, according to police. A 36-year-old Upper East Side man parked his bike in front of 306 E. 80th St. on July 15 and came back for it on July 23 at about 12:30 a.m. and discovered it missing.

► Another motorcycle, a 2015 BMW R9T valued at $15,000, was stolen between 5:42 p.m. on July 22 and 1:35 a.m. on July 23, police said. A 31-year-old Bronx man parked his bike on the northeast corner of Park Avenue and East 62nd Street and found it was missing after he got off of work, police said. 

► A 20-year-old woman had her $1,280 Louis Vuitton purse snatched after she left it unattended at Doc Watson's bar at 1490 Second Ave. on July 21 at 1:30 a.m. The purse was also carrying a pair of $150 sunglasses, a wedding band and $80 in cash.

► A 79-year-old woman was scammed out of thousands of dollars when an unknown man called her at 11 a.m. on July 22 and pretended to be her son, police said. The suspect said he had been arrested and needed $2,000 in iTunes gift cards. She then purchased the cards and read the card numbers over the phone to him, police said.