GILROY -- Police are warning garlic festival fans that some tickets being offered for sale on the Internet were stolen and will not be honored at the event.
About 1,000 tickets with a total value of $12,500 disappeared from the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association offices sometime between June 5 and July 2, police said. Half the tickets were for $17 adult admission, the rest were $8 tickets for children.
Authorities would not release more information about how the theft occurred, citing the ongoing investigation.
But Gilroy Police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said they have been working closely with festival organizers, and want to put the word out that the stolen tickets will not be accepted in order to prevent more fraudulent sales, and disappointment from turned-away festival goers.
The stolen tickets were meant to be sold during the festival, which runs Friday through Sunday. They are not electronic tickets, and the adult ones have serial numbers from 050001 to 050500. The child tickets are numbered 100001 to 100500.
Gallacinao said ticket takers will be checking the serial numbers at the festival gate.
He said the theft impacts the festival association as well as "those who benefit from the Garlic Festival Association's contributions back to our community."
Festival organizers could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
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Gallacinao said the festival draws more than 100,000 people to the area over the course of the weekend. More information and advance tickets are available at http://gilroygarlicfestival.com.
Anyone who believes they purchased a stolen ticket or has information about this crime is asked to call police at 408-846-0350. Anonymous tips can be made to 1-800-782-7463.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.