St. Louis officers may have used seized World Series tickets

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Some St. Louis police officers are being investigated internally over allegations that they used World Series tickets seized from scalpers, a police spokesman confirmed Monday.

A story in the Monday edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, citing unnamed police sources, said officers in the department’s vice-narcotics unit gave about 30 confiscated tickets to relatives and friends, who used the tickets to attend games.

Tickets are no longer torn at Busch Stadium but are electronically scanned. The tickets were stored as evidence after they were used, the newspaper reported. Police spokesman Richard Wilkes said the tickets should have been stored immediately after they were confiscated.

Wilkes said nine or 10 officers are under investigation. Their names have not been released, and the officers are continuing to work while internal affairs officers look into the allegations.

Police Chief Joe Mokwa was in a meeting Monday and unavailable for comment, Wilkes said. But Wilkes said Mokwa believed the investigation could be completed by the end of the week.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce didn’t rule out the possibility of criminal charges against the officers, but said they appeared unlikely.

“It’s one of those weird deals where it’s concerning but I’m not sure it fits into a crime category,” Joyce said. There was no theft involved because the tickets were not stolen; the tickets were not damaged, so there was no tampering with evidence, she said.