ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s the hottest ticket in town, in more ways than one.
Everyone wants to capitalize off the Texas Rangers fantastic start, including thieves who got their hands more than $80,000 worth of tickets.
Someone broke into the Metro Tickets office in North Dallas on Friday night and stole 2500 tickets to dozens of upcoming Texas Rangers games.
“We’ve already gotten the word out to all the other brokers, the legitimate brokers that we know in Dallas, these were the seats that were stolen,” says David Christopherson, Metro Tickets’ Owner.
Christopherson believes the thief will likely try to sell the tickets on the internet or scalp them outside the ballpark. He says 70 tickets from every home game in August and September along with the first week of July were taken by someone who broke a window of an adjacent office.
But while the tickets are real, it’s unlikely they will get anyone into a game. Unsuspecting fans who buy the tickets could find themselves stopped at the gate when they try to use them.
“Whoever was to maybe buy them at the stadium or buys them off ebay or craigslist or something like that they are going to look like legitimate tickets until you get to the door the bar codes have been changed, the tickets will not work,” says Christopherson.
Fans attending Tuesday night’s game say the better the team plays, the more likely they are to turn to scalpers or the internet where the tickets could end up. “If you don’t have a ticket and you want to try sometimes it’s a chance you take,” says Rangers fan Mary Parnell.
Metro’s owner says the business plans to move after 12 break-ins in the past year. He warns fans to buy tickets from reputable brokers.