WAUKESHA – The sale of ill-gotten, high-priced tickets to a Brewers playoff game could cost a local man his freedom, if the courts ultimately confirm he was caught stealing.
Eddie Patlan, 34, of Waukesha is accused of selling 2018 Milwaukee Brewers playoff tickets valued at nearly $7,000 after he mistakenly received them in the mail at his residence.
Patlan faces one felony count of theft of movable property worth between $5,000 and $10,000, which carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine, if he is convicted.
According to a criminal complaint filed Jan. 23 in Waukesha County Circuit Court, the tickets actually belonged to Travis Brzezinski, a season-ticket holder who bought the 10-game playoff packages when they became available as the team advanced into the postseason last fall. He paid a total of $6,915 for four tickets per game.
So how did valuable tickets end up in the wrong hands?
According to Brzezinski, who usually gets his tickets digitally from the Brewers, the playoff tickets were unexpectedly sent in the mail — a problem since he hadn’t updated his address after he moved from the 200 block of West Main Street. But Patlan was living at that address when the tickets arrived.
When Brzezinski contacted the Brewers in late September and found out what had happened, he was informed some of the barcodes for the tickets had shown up on StubHub, a secondary online market for ticket resales.
The Brewers then apparently listed the tickets as stolen, and Brzezinski subsequently contacted Waukesha police.
Shortly thereafter, according to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police were contacted by one of the buyers of the tickets, who had been informed the tickets were stolen after he tried to verify their validity with officials at the Brewers’ ticket office.
The man said he had paid $30 each to man named Eddie for three tickets to the championship series game, according to the complaint.
Police asked for that man’s help, requesting he set up a meeting under the guise of obtaining additional tickets. He did, and police were on the scene to question Patlan, who told authorities different stories about from who he had obtained the tickets, the complaint said.
Authorities questioned a woman whose name was tied to the Stub Hub account where some of the tickets were sold. According to the complaint, she confirmed Patlan had received the tickets at his residence. She said she had discarded tickets that arrived in the mail prior to the playoffs.
Patlan was being held on a $500 cash bond at the Waukesha County Jail, according to online court records. A Feb. 5 hearing has been scheduled on the charge.
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