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Woman Arrested After Family Scams Their Way Into Dorney Park

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 03, 2015

Woman Arrested After Family Scams Their Way Into Dorney Park

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Getting into the top amusement parks in the country can be a pricey venture, but one family from Philadelphia decided they weren’t going to pay the admission fee when they visited Dorney Park last week.

In a report from Manuel Gamiz Jr. of the Allentown Morning Call, 26-year-old Markeisha L. Bostic and nine family members arrived at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Wednesday night and told employees at the main entrance that other relatives were inside the park with their tickets.

Dorney Park employees escorted Bostic and her family into the park to find the ticket-holding relatives. Soon after entering the property, all 10 members of the Bostic family ran away from the theme park attendants without paying.

Court records show the cost of tickets for the family would have been around $300.

Officials at the theme park contacted South Whitehall police who were dispatched to the area at 8:37 p.m. local time. All 10 members of the family were found shortly after authorities arrived on the scene and were removed from the Dorney Park facilities.

Bostic was arrested and charged with theft by deception. After being arraigned by District Judge Michael Pochron, the 26-year-old woman was released on $5,000 unsecured bail, but it was unclear if anyone else in the case was going to be charged.

According to the court records obtained by the Allentown Morning Call, Bostic told police that running away from park employees was the plan the whole time and that she and her family had no intention of paying when they traveled to the park.

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