A Los Angeles parolee is facing felony grand theft charges after he allegedly used stolen credit cards on several occasions to purchase $18,000 worth of tickets, parking and other items for Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm theme parks and sell them on the craigslist Web site.
Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station worked closely with loss prevention officers from Six Flags Magic Mountain to break the case. They followed a complicated electronic trail and ultimately unraveled a tangled web of fraud and deceit dating back to last year.
The fraudulent purchases were made over the Internet and involved at least 12 separate ticket package transactions. Detectives were able to track the transactions, make contact with the seller, and ultimately make arrangements to meet with him and purchase the tickets.
What the suspect didn’t realize when he met with his prospective buyer last Thursday in the Santa Clarita Valley was that detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station were nearby monitoring the transaction and exchange.
A short time later, William Redd, 37, of Los Angeles was in handcuffs headed to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. He was booked on felony grand theft charges and is being held without bail pending future court proceedings. Detectives also determined the suspect was on active felony parole.
Several detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station later conducted a parole search of the suspect’s Los Angeles home in the 1100 block of West 77th Street where they reportedly recovered more evidence directly linked to the crimes.
“This case is a perfect example of how we will work in direct partnership with our local businesses to go after anyone who is committing crime in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Captain Paul Becker of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “These thieves may think they are safe hiding behind the wall of the Internet, but we will not be deterred!