CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Bengals are telling fans to be wary of a possible ticket scam for Thursday night's sold-out game after two were arrested.
Hamilton County Sheriff investigators say Glenn Poindexter, 45, of New York, and Bruce Suares, 45, of New Jersey, were stopped on a traffic violation on Interstate 74 in Whitewater Township Wednesday.
After a narcotics canine alerted officers, they located drug paraphernalia as well as 60 counterfeit NFL game tickets and 20 parking passes, investigators said.
The tickets and parking passes were for Thursday night's Bengals game against the Cleveland Browns and Sunday's game between the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. The counterfeit tickets hold a face value (if they were legitimate) of over $8,000, according to officials. The parking passes did not have a dollar amount.
"It is scary how creative and how accurate these tickets look," said Mike Robison, a spokesperson for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. "We're lucky to have caught them the way we did, and put them out of business, hopefully."
Robison said the seats are 100-level tickets. On one of the tickets, you can see a price for the phony Bengals ticket at $145. For the Colts game, you can see a price of $104 on some of the bogus tickets.
"Please be cautious and aware that you're getting the real deal," Robison told FOX19 NOW.
For some Bengals fans, they're happy to know the tickets are off the streets.
"It could have been easily me coming down here to buy a ticket tomorrow, so I'm glad I knew about this," said Austin Walter.
Police say it's likely the tickets would have commanded more than the face value because of the Bengals success so far this season.
"I need to tell all my buddies don't be buying tickets off the street," Walter told FOX19 NOW.
Police don't know how many other fakes could be out there. But, they hope they stopped the pair on Wednesday before they could sell anything.
"We believe they were coming in to town, so hopefully we caught them before they were able to do any damage. But again, you have no idea the extent of a scheme like this," Robison said.
Robison says they're notifying the proper people in Indianapolis about the bust they made on Wednesday. Police tell FOX19 NOW that if you end up with a fake ticket, there's very little police can do to help remedy the situation.
"A lot of times, there's not a whole lot we can do. We would check for prints, do our investigative routine, and follow through the best we can," Robison told FOX19 NOW. "But, a lot of times, it is what it is."
Poindexter and Suares were charged with criminal simulation and forgery. They were held without bond overnight at the Hamilton County jail to await arraignment Thursday morning.
The Bengals want the fans to know that the game is sold out, and the team wish to alert fans that only tickets purchased through the Club or directly from Ticketmaster can be depended on as valid, according to the team.
Extreme caution should be taken if fans are attempting to purchase tickets from any source for Thursday night's game, the Bengals said.