State Fair workers tied up by armed robbers, more than $10,000 taken from beer booths

This beer hall was the location of the first armed robbery in the fair's history.
This beer hall was the location of the first armed robbery in the fair's history.

:::: UPDATE :::: Antonio Washington, Jarret Maiden Arrested for State Fair Armed Robbery

Around 11:15 p.m. Friday, "more than one" armed suspect tied up two workers inside the State Fair's Land of 10,000 Beers Craft Beer Hall and made off with more than $10,000 from booths.

State Fair police spokesperson Brooke Blakey tells us it's the first armed robbery in the fair's history. The suspects fled the scene with the money, and the victims eventually freed themselves and reported the incident to police.

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"There have been thefts [in the past] but those have not been with a weapon and the money has generally been recovered," Blakey says.

No arrests have been made and so Blakey, citing the ongoing investigation, was a bit tight-lipped with details. She says the victims did provide suspect descriptions to police.

Though the fair was still open to the public at the time of the robbery, the beer hall closed at 9 p.m.

With all that cash floating around the fair, we asked Blakey what vendors do for security.

"All food vendors are responsible for their own security and how they transport their money," she replies, adding that many hire off-duty cops.

The beer hall took that approach after the incident, but unfortunately, there was no security in the building when the robbery occurred, Blakey tells us.

Vehicles entering the fairgrounds are subject to search, but bags aren't.

"We don't know what type of weapon was used, but most likely it came in a backpack," Blakey says.

Asked whether the armed robbery could prompt fair officials to reconsider inspecting bags, Blakey says that's a decision that'll be made "after we sit down, look at different opportunities, and give vendors information on how to secure their property."

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.

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