Police recap Oklahoma City crime surrounding Game 1 of NBA Finals
Game 1 of the NBA Finals brought a lot of visitors to Oklahoma City, but it didn't attract nearly as much crime, police said Thursday.
Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said most of the crimes that occurred Tuesday in the area around the Chesapeake Energy Arena during the Oklahoma City Thunder's victory over the Miami Heat were traffic violations and miscellaneous incidents. Two people also came forward with information about a ticket scam, he said.
According to a police report, a 49-year-old man told officers he bought two tickets from a man on a downtown sidewalk for $340. He said the tickets appeared to be authentic, but it turned out they were counterfeit.
Nelson said photo copies of tickets have been sold to victims who were told they are electronic tickets that could be scanned to gain entry to the arena.
“We've had a least two of these reported. So if you buy a ticket from someone, try to make sure you get the authentic ticket or make sure you're buying from someone you know because this scam has been prevalent in some other places during games,” Nelson said.
He said officers expect to see similar crimes during future games and that officers will be patrolling the area.
“Game 1 went fairly well. The crowd acted remarkably well,” Nelson said. “As far as when the game was over, we were pleased with the outcome. The crowd came out. Everyone was respectful. They did what they were supposed to do.
“They celebrated, yet in a respectful manner.”
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The following is a list of incidents that occurred during Game 1:
Officers initiated contact with people on 57 incidents.
Police were called to one disturbance.
47 traffic tickets were issued.
16 parking violations were issued.
Six cars were impounded.
Officers made one felony arrest on a burglary warrant.
Police responded to a restaurant tab that was not paid, an alcohol violation, a disorderly contact call and a public drunkenness incident.
Three vendors were cited for blocking the sidewalk.
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