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Oakland man arrested in football ticket scam

STANFORD -- Stanford police have arrested an Oakland man who allegedly tried to purchase more than $5,000 worth of Stanford and Cal football game tickets with someone else's credit card number.

Sgt. Rick Enberg of the Stanford Police Department said the suspect, Russell Styles, 33, was apprehended at the Stanford Stadium ticket office about noon Monday, Oct. 25.

He was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and grand theft. After he was booked at the Santa Clara County jail, he was released on $5,000 bail. Arraignment was pending.

Enberg said Styles placed ticket orders of $4,252 with the University of California-Berkeley and $1,344 with Stanford for football games including the Nov. 20 "Big Game" at Stanford. A San Francisco resident informed authorities that his credit card number was being used without authorization to place the orders, Enberg said.

When Styles came to Stanford to pick up a ticket order, the ticket office notified police and the suspect was arrested without incident, Enberg said.

"I observed him making the [ticket] exchange, and placed him under arrest," Enberg said.

It is not known what Styles intended to do with the tickets, Enberg said.



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