Vancouver police arrest man suspected of forging tickets

By Dameon Pesanti, Columbian staff writer

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The Vancouver Police Department arrested a man Wednesday suspected of forging event tickets, theft, and possessing controlled substances.

According to a news release, Ahmad Shahrokh, 30, was served a warrant and arrested at his home by detectives with the Vancouver Police Department Neighborhood Response Team.

He was booked into the Clark County Jail on three counts of forgery, possession of a controlled substance-meth and possession of a controlled substance-heroin.

Additional charges are expected to come from cases in Oregon, accord to the release.

Several weeks prior to his arrest, numerous people in Portland and Vancouver reported buying tickets for events ranging from sporting events to Disney on Ice from a person in a green sedan.

Some of the people photographed the tickets and the seller, and recorded the car’s license plate. At least two people presented their tickets to the venue, only to find out they were forgeries. The people later found online commentary and matching photos from other victims.

The resulting social media attention and detailed description led detectives to the suspect.

When Shahrokh was arrested, police recovered images of forged tickets and other evidence related to the reported incidents, as well as evidence for future ones.

The police urge people to be cautious when buying tickets from unauthorized sites.

Purchasers should be particularly alert for missing information, multiple tickets that have the same bar code numbers, or unusual formatting or fonts.