Detectives Make Arrest in Santee Door-to-Door Baseball Scam

Seth Tucker, 22, faces multiple charges in connection to a scam asking for donations for a local high school baseball team.

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arrested Santee resident Seth Tucker, 22, Wednesday morning as a suspect in connection with a by asking for donations for a local high school baseball team.

News outlets reported earlier in the week that one or two teens went door-to-door to all of the homes on Huntingride Court in Santee last week and told residents that they were part of the baseball team and needed to raise money to travel to a game. Santana High School Athletic Director John Bobof told 10News there is no baseball team trip to Hawai'i.

According to the Sheriff's Department, Tucker was arrested in the 12000 block of Calle De Medio in El Cajon, and booked into San Diego County Jail under suspicion of commercial burglary, petty theft and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Detectives expect to file additional charges in the future.

Tucker would represent himself as a baseball player for a local high school team of the area he was in, and would solicit money fraudulently from individuals stating that the money raised would help send the team to Maui for a championship game, the Sheriff's Dept. said.  According to the department, Tucker had been using this scam for several months in several different neighborhoods. Detectives have been contacted recently by numerous victims.

A 22-year-old was also arrested at the El Cajon residence for being under the influence of a controlled substance. And, earlier in the morning, detectives made two additional unrelated arrests on individuals contacted during the investigation, both arrested for possession and being under the influence of a controlled substance, with over 28 grams of heroin and a large amount of cash confiscated, according to the Sheriff's Department.

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Steven Bartholow July 12, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Yes, obviously a well thought out plan- http://santee.patch.com/articles/santee-baseball-scam
safesantee July 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Now we all know what that money was unfortunately being spent on, but let's just say, hypothetically speaking. If he would've been using the same scam and just have had saved the money for something important like a car or house payment, would that still be illegal?
Mark T. July 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Good, this kid came by our community and tried to get money out of us. I knew there was something off about him when I noticed what looked to either be serious tobacco stained teeth or early stages of meth mouth. Unfortunately a neighbor not to far from our place gave the kid $20 to was her car, which of course never happened. The kid we saw also had the audacity to stroll through our community for a few days afterward as well.
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