Thanks to a tip from a football ticket broker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Lincoln police last week worked together to find what remained of eight Nebraska Cornhuskers season tickets reported stolen from a man's residence at a Lincoln retirement community.
The tip also led to the arrest of Mark A. Perez, 29, on suspicion of theft by receiving stolen property worth more than $1,500.
The stolen items in question, according to an affidavit for his arrest, were three games' worth of NU football tickets -- Section 26, Row 37, Seats 17-24. A resident of the Grand Lodge at the Preserve, 4400 S. 80th St., told police Sept. 27 that the tickets had been mailed to him in early August, but he had never received them.
Nearly a month passed between the September report and a call to Lincoln police Oct. 26 by a ticket broker, who told an officer about a man who said his name was Mike and offered to sell 24 football tickets.
According to the report, a Lincoln police investigator had the ticket broker set up a meeting Friday morning to buy the tickets from Mike outside the SunMart at 1340 W. O St.
There, according to the report, an undercover investigator agreed to purchase the tickets -- worth $1,344 at face value -- for $2,200. The investigator confirmed the tickets matched the ones reported stolen and arrested Mike, who was identified as Perez.
According to the affidavit, Perez told police he had not stolen the football tickets and he did not know they had been stolen. Police believe he bought them for $1,500 from a man outside Nebraska Bookstore on Sept. 17.