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Ceres Police Department
Wednesday October 2nd, 2013 :: 05:16 p.m. PDT

Advisory

Report of Fraudulent Disneyland Tickets Being Sold in the Area Results in Warrant Arrests

Ceres, CA – Ceres Police was contacted yesterday morning by Erin Tracy, a reporter from the Modesto Bee, about information they had received about a potential scam where fraudulent Disneyland tickets were reportedly being sold by 33 year old Ceres resident Jessica Melendez. The victim contacted The Bee about having purchased tickets from Melendez and found them to not be valid upon arrival at the park. Information describing a similar situation involving Melendez was also found to be circulating online via the social media.

A preliminary check of Melendez’s home address reflected a prior police contact on May 7, 2013 where Ceres Officers responded to the residence to investigate a civil matter involving Disneyland tickets that had been purchased from 32 year old Israel Vasquez via Craigslist. A Ceres Police Dispatcher was able to recall another incident from May 20, 2013 where Ceres Police Officers took an informational report at the 1800 block of Central Avenue regarding a dispute about a Disneyland ticket purchase where the victim found that some of the tickets purchased from Mr. Vasquez were also invalid.

Both Jessica and Israel were found to have active, confirmed warrants and Ceres Police Officers responded to their residence for a warrant service yesterday at 11:15 AM. Israel Vasquez was cited for an outstanding Ceres Police Department 48263/48293 W&I $350 School Attendance Review Board truancy warrant. Jessica Melendez was booked at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on a misdemeanor, no bail Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department AWP warrant. A probation search of the residence resulted in seizure of some items for evidentiary purposes, including multiple printed Disneyland tickets.

This case is actively being investigated by Ceres Police Detectives and anyone with information or other potential fraud victims are encouraged to contact Detective Darren Venn by calling (209) 538-5616 or emailing: darren.venn@ci.ceres.ca.us. Tips can also be anonymously reported to the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at:

Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers
Phone number: 1-866-60-CRIME
Text Tips: “274637” TIP704 in the wording
Website: www.modestopolice.com/crimestoppers

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Address/Location
Ceres Police Department
2727 3rd St
Ceres, CA 95307

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Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-538-5712

Carissa Higginbotham
Administration
carissa.higginbotham@ci.ceres.ca.us
209-538-5726

1800 Evans Road
Ceres, CA 95307

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