A Husker football fan felt as if he'd been decked by a blind-side blitz recently when he discovered that his season tickets had been stolen from his Omaha mailbox.
The fan, who asked not to be identified, reported the theft of two season tickets to Omaha police, the U.S. Postal Service and the Nebraska ticket office.
The tickets are valued at $880 and have been replaced, he said.
“These are Nebraska football tickets and they're everyone's favorite hobby during the season,” said the fan, who lives near 90th and Pacific Streets. “It turned out to be more of an inconvenience than anything else.”
The man, 65, said he's been a season ticket holder for 25 years and had been watching the mail for his 2013 passes.
He became concerned when he learned that another fan had received his tickets in the mail.
About the same time, a neighbor found some of the man's mail strewn in the street about three blocks away and returned it. “That's really when it all clicked and I called Nebraska,” the man said. “The people at the ticket office handled everything professionally, nicely, and I really appreciated everything they did for me.”
Chris Anderson, NU sports information director, said football tickets do get stolen from time to time, but the university works with people to replace them as soon as possible. The bar code on the replacement tickets is changed, rendering the original tickets useless. Fans also can arrange to pick up the replacement tickets or have them sent to a more secure location, Anderson said.
Dave Margritz, a U.S. postal inspector, said he is investigating the theft. “That's the only report we've had of season tickets being stolen from the mail here,” Margritz said.
He said sentences for mail theft vary, but the crime is a felony. “I doubt that the person had the intention to steal tickets, because NU does a pretty good job of staggering their mailings,'' Margritz said. “It was probably more just the bad luck of the draw.”