‘Shamilton’: Seattle police arrest suspect in sales of forged ‘Hamilton’ tickets

Officers late last week arrested a man on suspicion of trying to sell forged tickets to the hit musical. An official at The Paramount said there have been at least eight victims so far, and police hope more will come forward.

Last week, Seattle police officers arrested a man in a grocery-store parking lot on suspicion of selling forged tickets to “Hamilton,” the smash-hit, hip-hop-influenced musical now playing at The Paramount Theatre, according to police and a theater executive.

“Hamilton” began its previews on Feb. 6. Josh LaBelle, executive director of Seattle Theatre Group (STG), which runs The Paramount, said at least eight people so far have shown up at the Paramount’s doors with forged tickets.

“We first flagged bogus tickets on Tuesday,” LaBelle said, “and commend Seattle police for reacting so fast.”

The suspect, according to the Seattle police blog, The Blotter, had reportedly stolen actual ticket stock during a burglary at “a University District music venue.” LaBelle said The Neptune, another STG theater, had been burglarized and ticket stock was stolen — he suspects that same stock was used in the forgery.

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According to The Blotter, “detectives served a warrant on the man’s house and recovered the remaining ticket paper and a laptop used to print the forged tickets.”

Officers are looking for other potential victims and urge anyone else who might have bought tickets from the man — for “Hamilton” or other events — to contact detectives online at spd5029@seattle.gov. Police describe the suspect as a bald white male in his late 40s who posted resale tickets on Craigslist and other secondary-market sites, and typically met his victims in person.

LaBelle urges people to use caution whenever buying secondary-market tickets and to never use cash.

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