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Pearl Jam tickets sold on Craigslist were fake: prosecutors

July 19, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas | RedEye

Hoping to score last-minute tickets to Pearl Jam? Be careful.

A far South Side man was arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly selling counterfeit tickets to tonight's Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field on Craigslist.

A 22-year-old Lakeview man was looking for last-minute Pearl Jam tickets online Wednesday morning, prosecutors said, when he saw a Craigslist ad for two tickets for $250 each. He made plans to meet the seller, Anthony Conner, 21, of the 9500 block of South Normal Avenue, in a parking lot at 3140 S. Michigan Ave. that evening to buy the tickets, according to court records.

But when Conner arrived he seemed "on edge," to the man, the police report said, and left before even counting the money handed to him in exchange for the tickets. But the man who bought them was not convinced they were real, state prosecutors said, and followed Conner until he showed him a piece of paper that looked like a receipt from tickets.com.

The man then flagged down police officers, who were in the neighborhood for other reasons, prosecutors said, and officers arrested Conner before he could drive off in a car.

Conner was charged with forgery and brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Friday afternoon, where he was released on a $10,000 I-bond.

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