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Man arrested outside Kings game with fake tickets, cash, LAPD says

June 11, 2012 |  7:00 pm

LAPD officers outside the Kings Game at Staples Center
A man who allegedly had a pocket full of cash and fake Kings tickets was arrested Monday outside Staples Center, police said.

Joseph Nelson, 59, was being held Monday evening on suspicion of grand theft, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Nelson allegedly had a wad of counterfeit Game 6 tickets and $1,000 in his pocket, said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith.

Smith said Nelson told police he had been scalping tickets since he was 8 years old. No other arrests had been reported. 

Police officers on horseback, bikes and foot patrols have saturated the L.A. Live area to prevent the type of violence that has marred Lakers championship victories.

Earlier, city officials installed barriers on the streets surrounding Staples Center as they braced for the expected massive influx of fans expected to the center and surrounding bars and eateries. Officials warn that once the area reaches capacity, they will deny people entry.


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Photo: LAPD officers outside Staples Cener. Credit: Christina House / For The Times