TODAY'S PAPER
70° Good Morning
70° Good Morning
Long IslandCrime

LI man sold duplicate Billy Joel concert tickets, police say

Brandon Lesser was charged with two counts of

Brandon Lesser was charged with two counts of petit larceny and second-degree scheme to defraud, Suffolk County police said. Photo Credit: SCPD

A Centereach man sold duplicate tickets Friday to a Billy Joel concert for $350 to undercover officers, Suffolk County police said in announcing his arrest.

Police set up a sting for Brandon Lesser, 24, after one of his customers suspected that his tickets, purchased on the app Letgo, were not authentic, officials said.

First Precinct crime section officers arranged to meet him Friday night at the parking lot of a Nesconset restaurant on Middle Country Road.

Lesser sold them tickets with the same seats that he had sold to the victim — floor section D, Row 2, seat 5 and 6 for the July 28 show at Madison Square Garden, police said.

He was charged with two counts of petit larceny and second-degree scheme to defraud and was given a July 31 court date.

Investigators suspect Lesser cheated other buyers. First Precinct crime section officers ask anyone who believes they were victimized to call them at 631-854-8126.

Latest Long Island News