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Man Accused of Stealing NFL Tickets

October 17, 2000

HOPATCONG, N.J. (AP) _ A man helped himself to his neighbor’s New York Giants tickets and is now facing a penalty on the play, police say.

Police charged Edward Celardo, 33, with stealing four tickets to Sunday’s football game between the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.

The tickets, valued at $180, had been by mailed to Joann Koslosky by a friend. But the envelope was mistakenly left in Celardo’s mailbox across the street. Police said Celardo kept two tickets for himself and his wife and sold the other pair.

Koslosky, who assumed her tickets had been lost in the mail, called the Giants box office and bought replacements.

The whereabouts of the original tickets became known when Koslosky saw Celardo at the game.

``I said, `Where’d you get those tickets?′ They said they bought them from a scalper. I said, `I don’t think so,‴ Koslosky said.

The Celardos then left, and Koslosky and her friends took their seats. Minutes later, two other people arrived to claim their seats, saying they had bought the tickets from a scalper. Koslosky later called the police.

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