Winnipeg police posed as Tragically Hip fans ready to pay hundreds of dollars to online profiteers, in a rare undercover operation against ticket scalpers that resulted in two arrests.
Police said the two Winnipeggers arrested Wednesday turned to the internet to try to resell two tickets to Friday’s Hip concert in Winnipeg at jacked-up prices.
“A lot of people are passionate about this group,” Winnipeg police Const. Rob Carver said. “I think in this instance, we felt we had an obligation to address this, so while we don’t do this as a normal course, it was done in this case I think to send a message.”
The woman, 31, and man, 30, were arrested separately, police said at a news conference in Winnipeg. Undercover officers tracked the two down online and made the bust.
Each was trying to get rid of two floor tickets: One was asking for $800 for a pair, while the other wanted $680. The original sale price of each ticket was $170, or $340 for the pair, Carver said.