Update: In a letter dated Sept. 24, 2011, the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office dismissed charges against the man, who says his nephew purchased the tickets on eBay. The man's name has been deleted from the original story, which follows here.
Police arrested a 46-year-old New York man Monday night and charged him with forgery and theft of services.
The product of his alleged counterfeit work: Boardwalk ride tickets.
Employees of detained a man they suspected of using fraudulent tickets shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, July 11. They reported the incident to Ocean City police, who arrested the man.
The manager of Playland (at 10th Street and Boardwalk) reported that since Memorial Day weekend the park has been receiving fraudulent tickets that are of a lighter color than the originals and that contain an identification number from tickets produced in 2008, according to a news release from Ocean City Police Capt. Steven Ang.
The middle-aged suspect (and possibly his friends) had an appetite for rides. Ang said a check of all ride tickets received on Monday revealed that 47 fraudulent tickets matched the ones confiscated from the suspect.
The man was taken into custody and later released on a summons.
The investigation was conducted by Lt. Bruce Twiggs, Ptl. Tom Finnegan and Det. Stephen Sullivan.