As you may or may not already have heard, $12,000 worth of tickets were stolen from the US Bank Arena in Cincinatti over the last two weeks according to local police:
If you purchased tickets for an upcoming show at US Bank Arena from someone other than the arena or Ticketmaster, better check and make sure they are legitimate.
Someone stole $12,000 worth of tickets sometime over the past two weeks, Cincinnati police said Friday. The theft was reported when it was discovered Thursday night. Cincinnati police investigators declined to discuss the case this morning, but an incident report states a known suspect took the tickets without permission.
Some of those tickets were to next weekend’s UFC 77: Hostile Territory which is taking place at the same arena.
US Bank Arena officials have stated that a hold has been placed on the stolen tickets. Tickets for upcoming shows will be scanned at the door and if you have one of the stolen tickets, they will know.
Morella Raleigh, a spokeswoman for US Bank Arena, said that although some people who purchased the stolen tickets may not have any idea that they were stolen, they still won’t be admitted into the arena for the event:
“I would like to stress in these instances especially how important it is for people to purchase tickets from legitimate outlets: at the box office, through Ticketmaster or a Ticketmaster outlet,” Raleigh said. We hate it, of course, when tickets are stolen but hate it when we have people who have probably in certain cases purchased tickets without knowing they were stolen come up and we can’t honor those. There are people who have legitimately purchased those tickets who we have to honor.”
If the police are having trouble finding the suspect, I’m pretty sure that Wes Sims could come over from Columbus and help with the investigation.