I'm not an expert on such things, but it's my understanding that $43,000 buys a lot of sporting event tickets. And when $43,000 worth of sporting tickets gets stolen, well, that constitutes a fairly noteworthy crime.
That's exactly what Seattle police say happened early Thursday morning. According to SPD detective Jeff Kappel, officers responded to a report of a car prowl in SoDo at approximately 1:18 a.m., only to discover the items missing were far more than the average car stereo or GPS navigation system.
From the SPD "Blotter" blog:
Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim parked his car in a garage in the 1500 block of Utah Avenue South while attending a Sounders game. He drove home after the game and realized that ticket books containing $43,000 worth of Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, Tacoma Rainiers and Anaheim Angels tickets were stolen from his vehicle.
Suspiciously, the victim's car was inspected for signs of damage or forced entry, but no such evidence was found. Police say the parking garage was also checked "to no avail."
So just how many sporting event tickets does $43,000 buy? It's tough to say, and no exact estimate was given by police. But the number is assumed to be substantial, especially with Tacoma Rainiers tickets involved, which run from $11 to $25. No word on whether any of the Rainiers tickets in question were for the Triple-A squad's "Tasty Thursday" nights at the ballpark - which feature cheap beer and hotdogs.
It's also worth noting, of course, that no average fan carries $43,000 worth of tickets in their car, or anywhere else for that matter.