A Newark man is accused of stealing more than $37,000 worth Philadelphia Phillies tickets and parking passes reserved for Delaware newspaper The News Journal.
Wilmington Police say 40-year-old Scott Lascala not only stole the season tickets, but then tried to make a buck by selling them to third parties who sold them on Craigslist.
Police say a newspaper employee reported the theft about two weeks ago after noticing the tickets for sale on the classifieds website. Following an investigation, officers acted as interested buyers, arranged to meet the seller, arrested him and later learned he got the tickets from Lascala. The seller says he had no idea they were stolen and was not charged.
The officers went to Lascala’s place of employment at 1209 N. Orange Street and took him into custody without incident. Turns out the tickets were mistakenly delivered there; Lascala signed for the tickets on Feb. 22, 2013.
Charged with theft and conspiracy charges, Lascala was released pending further investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service.
Meantime, the tickets in question are season tickets for all 81 home games for the Diamond Club, Section G, Row 12, Seats 7, 8, 9, and 10. The Philadelphia Phillies have voided all tickets connected with this incident. Anyone who may have purchased these tickets or may be attempting to sell them should contact M/Cpl. Connor at 302-576-3670 before further charges are pursued.