A Palo Alto man was arrested in Monterey County Saturday after he was allegedly caught selling forged tickets to a race at Raceway Laguna Seca near Salinas, according to the county sheriff’s office. At about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, customers at the raceway reported that tickets they had purchased from a seller on Craiglist were fakes, sheriff’s officials said. The victims then contacted the alleged seller, 23-year-old David Kao, after discovering the tickets were forged.
The sheriff’s office and nearby Del Rey Oaks police arranged a controlled buy operation with Kao at the Del Rey Oaks Safeway store. Del Rey Oaks police Chief Ron Langford dressed in plain clothes, met with the suspect and bought a forged Laguna Seca race ticket from him, sheriff’s officials said.
Kao was arrested on suspicion of forgery and petty theft and taken to county jail. A search of his car, which was parked in the Safeway parking lot, turned up about $1,200 in cash and marijuana, sheriff’s officials said.
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