Police in Ceres are crediting a Modesto Bee reporter with alerting them about a scam where people were trying to sell fake Disneyland tickets on Craigslist.
According to a media release from Ceres Police, the department was contacted Tuesday by Modesto Bee reporter Erin Tracy about a possible scam was told about. Apparently, a person had bought tickets to Disneyland from a Ceres resident and found, once getting to the park, that the tickets were fake.
The victim told police that they had bought the tickets from 33-year-old Jessica Melendez. Police note that chatter around social media described Melendez as a suspect in a similar case.
Police had visited Melendez’ home back on May 7 for to investigate a “civil matter” involving Disneyland tickets bought on Craigslist through 32-year-old Israel Vasquez. Further, a Ceres Police dispatcher was able to remember another incident back on May 20 near Central Avenue and Evans Road involving Vasquez and more Disneyland tickets he supposedly sold that turned out to be fake.
With the information mounting, police looked into Jessica and Israel’s records and found that the two both had active warrants.
Officers showed up to Jessica and Israel’s home around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. Jessica was arrested, while Israel was only cited for his outstanding truancy warrant.
A search of the home uncovered multiple printed Disneyland tickets, among other evidence.
Melendez is being held at Stanislaus County Public Safety Center without bail.
Authorities are still investigating the incident and ask anyone with information to call them at (209) 538-5616.