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Man charged with stealing AFL tickets

By Jewel Topsfield 14/01/2004 05:55:04 PM Comments (0)

A Melbourne man who allegedly stole 100 AFL finals tickets worth more than $28,000 from the St Kilda Football Club and then sold them to unwitting fans made a brief appearance in court on Wednesday.

Alexandra Dolidze, 29, of Sandringham, faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with theft and obtaining property by deception over the stolen ticket scam.

On September 2 last year Dolidze, who was working as a courier, was employed to collect a parcel containing 100 football finals tickets from the St Kilda Football Club, according to the brief of evidence tendered in court.

The Saints had purchased the tickets for $285.60 each from the AFL.

The tickets were intended to be delivered to corporate clients in Western Australia, however, Dolidze and a co-accused associate allegedly decided to attempt to sell them.

According to the brief, the co-accused, who did not appear in court, purchased a pre-paid mobile phone SIM card and activated it using false details.

He and Dolidze then contacted footy fans who had advertised in the Herald Sun newspaper seeking to buy AFL finals tickets, the court was told.

Between September 3 and 23 the co-accused allegedly sold 17 tickets, at up to $350 each, to the hapless fans they had arranged to meet outside petrol stations and take-away restaurants around Melbourne, while Dolidze waited in a car nearby.

On September 25 the co-accused was arrested in the company of another male while attempting to sell more tickets.

Police allegedly recovered 54 of the Grand Final tickets and five of the preliminary finals tickets from the scene of the arrest.

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