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Stolen Masters badges discovered

Saturday, April 12, 2014 5:25 PM
Last updated 6:50 PM
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An Augusta man traded a Masters Tournament practice round ticket and $3,600 for two badges that were later found to be stolen, police say.

George Classen, 27, told police that he traded the money and a ticket to Wednesday’s practice round at the Circle K gas station at 2856 Washington Road from a seller named Mike, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Classen then sold the tickets for $6,000 on Thursday to David Henry, 33, of Asheboro, N.C., who gave the badges to two friends. When Henry’s friends attempted to use the badges, they were taken at the gate because they had been reported stolen.

Classen returned the ticket money to Henry, but Classen is still without his $3,600, according to the report.

On Friday, a Los Angeles man who paid $2,000 for a ticket to the Masters Tournament was stopped at a gate and escorted from the course when it turned out he’d bought a badge that had been reported lost.

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fatboyhog 04/12/14 - 05:54 pm

These people that get taken like this deserve what they get. I wouldn't trust those vultures who reside on the side of the roadway this week "needing" tickets. It's too bad people buy from them. I always hope they get stuck holding them and lose money. Buy from unauthorized resellers and you deserve what you get.

kiwiinamerica 04/12/14 - 10:11 pm
Why do I have a feeling that "Mike" has disappeared?

Not a solid citizen. Probably in a girly bar in Atlanta right now blowing his ill-gotten $3600.

Bottom feeders.

scoobynews 04/13/14 - 06:58 am
This is what I hate about the

This is what I hate about the Master's. If you don't want the tickets then don't buy them. There are people who have been trying for years to get tickets and never do yet these greedy bozos do and then sell them for mark up. They need to start printing them with names of authorized users maybe then this would stop the resale. I am also baffled at how some people get tickets every year. Since this new "lottery" system was supposed to open up more tickets to people how do the same people still get them over and over.

gargoyle 04/13/14 - 03:31 pm
How many tickets are stolen

How many tickets are stolen in given year?

nocnoc 04/13/14 - 07:57 pm
Suggestion for the Master's IT Group

Setup a Stolen/Lost Badge Web Site pointer to greatly reduce this type of scam and help recover lost badges?

The Computer data to detect the stolen/lost badges is already at the gate. So why not help stop crime and share it via a Website or APP and provide a # for legal badge holders to report a badge?

bdouglas 04/14/14 - 10:12 am
If the ANGC really WANTED to

If the ANGC really WANTED to keep this from happening, they would. Associate the badges with a name and require an ID at the gate. Or an online system that allows you to assign your badge to others would also take care of it. It's all tracked online already anyway, so why not?

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