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Man arrested for theft after offering a woman fake tickets to the BET Music Awards

June 21, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Roseland man was arrested Thursday after taking money from at least one person at a CeaseFire event, after telling her she won four tickets to the BET Music Awards and pretending to work for a local radio station.

Jackie Roberson, 29, of Roseland, attended a CeaseFire event on June 15, according to state prosecutors, while pretending to work for the radio station 92.3. While there, he told some people they had won a trip to a music industry awards show in Los Angeles at the end of the month. But before he could hand over the tickets, Roberson allegedly said he would need $150 in cash to cover "taxes."

One woman, a 31 year-old Roseland resident, gave him the money for tickets that prosecutors said did not exist. CeaseFire employees later alerted police officers to the theft and they arrested Roberson at his residence five days later.

According to the police report, police contacted the human resources department at 92.3 and were told that Roberson had never worked there.

Roberson appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Friday afternoon and was held on $55,000 bond.

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